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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Upcoming Events

  1. OBEC and SEO present – Developing YOUR sustainability project

    March 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  2. OBEC Council Meeting

    April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

  • Prepare to enjoy the hiking season!
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Rideau Trail Association Timeline for Completion: Annual Event Objective: Saturday, April 21, 2018 Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa This popular full-day course is aimed at new hikers and those interested in making hiking safe and enjoyable. Topics include hike planning, preparation, Read more
  • Ontario Nature – Endangered Species – Migratory Birds
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Ontario Nature Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: One of the biggest threats to birds during spring and fall migration is the possibility of colliding with windows. The estimated yearly death toll from window collisions is horrific — and unacceptable: ?25 million in Canada ?1 billion in North America During the day, especially at first light when Read more
  • What is Your Ecological Footprint – How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you?
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Ontario Biodiversity Council Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Ontario Biodiversity Council has partnered with Global Footprint Network to develop a personal online footprint calculator for Ontario residents to see how their own living habits relate to their use of the Read more
  • State of Ontario’s Biodiversity
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Ontario Biodiversity Council Timeline for Completion: Started 2005 Ongoing Objective: Mission “We encourage everyone to become engaged in both appreciating and conserving biodiversity. Every one of us has a role to play in reducing pressures on nature. We invite you to join our efforts to protect what sustains us.” In order Read more
  • Celebrate Earth Day at the 11th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market!
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Sustainable North Grenville Timeline for Completion: Annual Event – Sunday April 22, 2018 10am-3pm Objective: 11 years celebrating Earth Day in North Grenville! The North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market is celebrating more than a decade of acting locally, building relationships and Read more

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