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

OBEC is a local, grassroots charity that uses Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) Themes and Tools to engage people and organizations in sustainability across Ottawa

Saturday 28 April 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hintonburg Sustainability Plan

Come see the plan
Members of the Hintonburg Community have created a Sustainability Plan.
Go to the Community Centre Saturday morning, visit the Meeting Room in the basement and view the plan. Talk to organizers and see what interests you.

What:  View Ottawa’s 1st Community Sustainability Plan
When: Saturday 28 April 2018, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. West, Ottawa

Our Tools of Engagement

Council of Stakeholders for Sustainability

Giving BEC Council to the Community

Demonstration Projects

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

Sustainability Plans

This is a short document that provides individuals with ideas on what they can do to advance sustainability.

Database of Projects

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

Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

  • Ottawa Gatineau Christmas Bird Count 2020 – Sunday, Dec 20
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club (OFNC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event – Sunday, Dec 20 2020 All Day Objective: The Birds Committee organizes the Ottawa contribution to the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This North-America wide birding tradition started in 1900 and the OFNC has participated continuously since 1920. In recent years Read more
  • Christmas Bird Counts 2020 – Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event in December Objective: Once again it is the Audubon Christmas Bird Count season! This is the 121th year of Christmas Bird Counts and there are three planned for our area; Rideau Ferry, Carleton Place, and Lanark Highlands. Birders and nature enthusiasts in the three CBCs and Read more
  • The Canadian Access Project – Beyond the Farm Gate
    (Theme 5 – Food) Organization: Canadian Organic Growers (COG) Timeline for Completion: Aug, 2020 – Aug 2022 Objective: This project will identify current barriers in the organic food supply chain, help the Canadian organic industry fulfill its economic potential, and provide Canadians with increased access to regionally-grown, organic food. More specifically, the project will identify Read more
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count – February 12-15, 2021
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Birds Canada Timeline for Completion: Feb 12-15, 2021 Annual event Objective: The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a joint partnership between Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with Bird Studies Canada as the official Canadian partner. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages across North America in counting Read more
  • Keddy Nature Sanctuary – Visits by prior arrangement with MMLT
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Keddy Nature Sanctuary (KNS) encompasses close to a square mile of forest and wetland on the very edge of the Canadian shield, just an hour west of Ottawa on the east side of Lanark County. In late January 2014, Read more