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

Canadensis - The Garden of Canada

Canadensis - The Garden of Canada

(Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: Canadensis Botanical Garden Society Timeline for Completion: Phase 1 – 2017 Grand Opening 2019 Objective: Vision Canadensis is a magical botanic place where visitors can enrich their lives with unique learning experiences that excite and stimulate the senses. Mission Canadensis is a beautiful andRead more
Lions Recyle Day - E-waste, textiles and glasses recycling event

Lions Recyle Day - E-waste, textiles and glasses recycling event

(Theme 7 - Waste) Organization: Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club - A community service organization in the west end of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Saturday September 23. 2017 Objective: Bring your used, old and unwanted electronics, clothing/linens, and old eyeglasses to help raise funds for the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. Drop by anytime between 8:Read more
Rideau River Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge - Adàwe Crossing

Rideau River Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge - Adàwe Crossing

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 9 - Recreation, Theme10 - Sense of Place) Organization: City of Ottawa and Stantec - Connecting communities across the Rideau River Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The bike and pedestrian bridge over the Rideau River at Strathcona Park provides pedestrians and cyclists with easy access to the communities, amenities and employment locateRead more
Improve Ottawa's Waterways

Improve Ottawa's Waterways

(Database of Projects, Theme 4 - Habitat, Theme 8 - Health, Theme 9 - Recreation) Organization: Biotown Project Start Date: Sept 21Crowdfunding campaign to support our research: September 21 - October 26 Objective: Biotown, Ottawa's community biology lab, is researching better methods for the City of Ottawa to test the microbe levels of our recreational water. Current methods requRead more
Capital Vélo Fest - Bicycle Rally

Capital Vélo Fest - Bicycle Rally

(Theme 8 - Health, Theme 9 - Recreation) Organization: Capital Vélo Fest Inc. Project Start Date: Sept 16 Objective: Our mission is to Inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more often. Join us Saturday, September 16, 2017 in a fundraiser for the Canada Africa Partnership Network to raise funds to provide homeless teenage women in Uganda with safe shelter, education and job skRead more

Critical Mass is back!

Join us on the last Friday of September as we reclaim the streets!
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Critical Mass Rides Again!

September 29, 2017, 5:45pm

Critical Mass is back! Join us on the last Friday of September to reclaim the streets of Ottawa! Everybody is welcome. When we ride on Critical Mass, we’re living the world we would like to see — filling the streets with bikes, laughter, human speed, clean air, engagement and life. At Critical Mass, we can bike down the street safe from speeding cars — together — empowered by our numbers. Bring your bikes (skateboards, uncicycles, or any other form of non-motorised, non-polluting transportation are also welcome), friends, noise makers and signs! For those of you who are new to Critical Mass: Critical Mass bike rides are spontaneous, leaderless rides that begin at specific times and locations in many cities around the world. Each ride is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

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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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