What is the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC)?

OBEC is a not-for-profit that uses Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) Themes and Tools to engage people and organizations in sustainability

BEC tool 1 - Council of Stakeholders

Stakeholders meet as a Council to do four main things:

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BEC tool 2 - Demonstration Projects
These are projects that opened up to the public to demonstrate useful approaches to sustainability in a Biosphere Eco-City (BEC).

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BEC tool 3 - Sustainability Plans
This is a short document that provides individuals with ideas on what they can do to advance sustainability.

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BEC tool 4 - Database of Projects
The Database summarizes information projects related to the ten BEC Themes of Sustainability. This is a key tool for sharing information.

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Recent Projects

Information Management
All BEC Tools promote sharing of sustainability information, but OBEC wants to do more.

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School Sustainability Planning
OBEC has developed material to train high school students to lead the creation of sustainability plans at their schools.

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Sustain Your Community
OBEC is supporting Envirocentre initiative to engage communities in transportation, energy, food and water conservation projects.

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Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Fall 2017

GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Fall 2017

(Theme 7 - Waste) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Annual Event - Spring & Fall Objective: The GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is a citywide cleanup that occurs in the spring and fall of every year. Residents come together as a community and combine efforts to make our city clean and green. Litter pickup or graffiti removal projects must be registered, Read more
Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

Northern Nomad Tiny House Capstone Design Project

(Theme 2 - Energy, Theme 3 - Design) Organization: Carleton University Timeline for Completion: end of September, 2017 Objective: We are a group of Carleton University engineering students designing and building a sustainable tiny house built on a trailer: The Northern Nomad. Our goal is to push the limits of sustainable building design in Ottawa. We will be exploring ways in whicRead more
Tour La Nuit 2017 - Capital Vélo Fest

Tour La Nuit 2017 - Capital Vélo Fest

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 8 - Health, Theme 9 - Recreation) Organization: Capital Vélo Fest Inc. Timeline for Completion: Started 2011 Ongoing Annual Event (Cancelled for 2017} Objective: Our mission is to Inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more often. The Tour La Nuit is the signature event of the Capital Vélo Fest. The yearly ride takes place in September to take aRead more
Youth for Water

Youth for Water

(Theme 4 - Habitat, Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health) Organization: Sacred Water Circle and Green Communities Canada Timeline for Completion: Pilot Ongoing Objective: The Youth for Water program focuses on bridging traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture with science and environmental issues to deliver a project that provides young Indigenous adults (ages 18-25) wiRead more
EcoDriver - help your wallet and the planet

EcoDriver - help your wallet and the planet

(Theme 1 - Transportation) Organization: Green Communities Canada Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Helping you save money and the planet ?At EcoDriver we offer friendly, driver-to-driver advice, tips, and training for those who wish to cut fuel costs while also reducing their ecological “tire print.” Why promote fuel efficient driving? ?There is a 35% difference betweenRead more

Ottawa Sustainability Tour Briefing by Jim Birtch, Founder and Director of Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative. The tour is organized by IWISE Conference. July 5, 2017 ... See MoreSee Less

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Es Alhogaraty shared terra20's photo to the group: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC). ... See MoreSee Less

Folks from the Ottawa Sustainability Tour just stopped in to learn more about our concept and the ecobar. Thanks for stopping by IWISE Conference, it's always a pleasure to meet new people wanting to learn more about healthy and sustainable living! #sustainable #healthylivingmadeeasy #ottawasustainabilitytour

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Yinyan Zhang was live on Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC)'s Timeline. ... See MoreSee Less

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Es Alhogaraty shared IWISE Conference's photo to the group: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC). ... See MoreSee Less

As part of IWISE Conference program, we will take you on a tour bus to visit 10 excellent examples of sustainability in the City of Ottawa, each in its theme as defined by the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative. Visit, enjoy, and use these sites as models in your life. ow.ly/lWZk30a9KMl

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