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. Council meeting

    October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. Conservation of Habitat in Ottawa Workshop

    October 28 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Recent Projects

Sense of Place Virtual Workshop

Sense of Place is a feeling of belonging to a neighbourhood, city of region. It helps people to care about their surroundings. This inspires stewardship for the environment as well as care for other people, both desirable aspects of a Biosphere Eco-City

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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

Rideau Canal Crossing

Rideau Canal Crossing

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 8 - Health, Theme 9 - Recreation) Organization: City of Ottawa Project Start Date: October 2017 Objective: The new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Rideau Canal will connect Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue at Queen Elizabeth Drive in the Glebe. The crossing will reduce distances and improve connectivity between mid-town neigRead more
Ottawa's Community Supported Pollination Project

Ottawa's Community Supported Pollination Project

(Theme 4 - Habitat, Theme 5 - Food, Theme 8 - Health) Organization: Gees Bees Honey Company in partnership with Wesley Clover Parks Timeline for Completion: Started 2017 Ongoing Objective: Pollinate your City and help Ottawa's honeybees. Our Community Supported Pollination Project is an approach that has honey-lovers working cooperatively with honeybees, right here in Ottawa. Bee Read more
Earth Path - Nourishing relationships with nature

Earth Path - Nourishing relationships with nature

(Theme 4 - Habitat, Theme 6 - Natural Capital, Theme 8 - Health) Organization: Earth Path Timeline for Completion: Started 2013 Ongoing Objective: Earth Path is an educational organization dedicated to connecting people to the natural world in and around Ottawa. Earth Path provides youth with an opportunity to enjoy nature-based, experiential learning within a caring community thaRead more
Sustain Lowertown (Urban Community)

Sustain Lowertown (Urban Community)

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 5 - Food) Organization: EnviroCentre (Partner Communities - Lowertown, Kanata North and West Carleton) Timeline for Completion: 2014-2017 Objective: The Sustain Your Community Initiative was a 3-year trillium funded project that began in 2014. Sustain worked with three different communities across Ottawa, each representing the urban, suburban and rRead more
Sustain Kanata North (Suburban Community)

Sustain Kanata North (Suburban Community)

(Theme 1 - Transportation, Theme 2 - Energy, Theme 5 - Food) Organization: EnviroCentre (Partner Communities - Lowertown, Kanata North and West Carleton) Timeline for Completion: 2014-2017 Objective: The Sustain Your Community Initiative was a 3-year trillium funded project that began in 2014. Sustain worked with three different communities across Ottawa, each representing the urbRead more

Tree Fest Ottawa is organizing a tree planting event at Brewer Park Pond (behind the baseball diamond)
this Saturday Sept 30th 10am. I'm thinking about going. Anyone else interested?
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