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

  • Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Buy Nothing Timeline for Completion: Started 2013 Ongoing Objective: Our Buy Nothing Project Mission: We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors. Join Us: Buy Nothing: Read more
  • GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Spring 2018
    (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, and Read more
  • Deep River Seedy Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 – Mark Your Calendar!
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Deep River & Area Horticultural Society Timeline for Completion: Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 11am to 2 pm Objective: The Deep River & Area Horticultural Society is hosting a seedy exchange and more. Activities include: seed exchange (local, organic and native seeds; cuttings, bulbs and more) and swap table (gardening books, magazines Read more
  • 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

Come out to OBEC's council meeting at 6PM on next Wednesday the 21st of February at the Hintonberg community center. ... See MoreSee Less

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Council meeting on 6 Dec at 6 PM at Hintonburg Community Centre in the Burnside Room ... See MoreSee Less

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