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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Demonstration Projects and Sustainability Plans

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

  • Green Bins in Schools Program – Ottawa
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Started 2011 Ongoing Objective: The Green Bins in Schools program is an extension of the City’s residential green bin program, and provides an excellent opportunity to educate children on how to use the green bin and to promote the benefits of waste diversion. The program is provided free of charge by the City of Ottawa Read more
  • Renfrew County Seedy Sunday – March 4, 2018 Mark Your Calendar!
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Renfrew County Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in March Objective: Renfrew County is organizing a seed swap and workshops event on Sunday March 4, 2018 at the Rankin Culture and Community Centre 20 Rankin Rink Road, Pembroke from 10am – 3pm. Always a great day! Summary: Contact Us: Phone: 613-732-3749 Email: Read more
  • Kingston Seedy Saturday – March 10, 2018 Mark Your Calendar!
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: KASSI – Kingston Area Seed System Initiative Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in March Objective: The Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI) promotes responsible stewardship of our agricultural seed heritage in the Kingston Area. Kingston Seedy Saturday 2018 is coming! Join us on Saturday, March 10 from 10am-3pm for Read more
  • 31st Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – Wed. Feb 21, 2018
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in February Objective: The Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference is an annual event designed to educate and promote Best Management Practices to woodlot and private land owners. The yearly event allows participants to increase their knowledge and keep Read more
  • Marché Old Chelsea Market – Celebrating nature, creativity, and healthful living
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Marché Old Chelsea Market Timeline for Completion: Founded 2004 Ongoing – Seasonal opens in May Objective: The Chelsea Market is an outdoor Farmer’s Market located in Old Chelsea. You will find handmade, original, home grown produce and products. Many of our vendors are certified organic. Location: 212 Old Chelsea Rd. Chelsea, Quebec Read more

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