BEC and Call 2015 5.1

Your BEC and Call

Achieving Sustainability Together

Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) Initiative

January 2015: Issue 5.1


Sustain your Community Project

Smith’s Falls Community Round Table

Probus Club Presentation

Ottawa Stewardship Council


Sustain your Community Project


OBEC is supporting the EnviroCentre on a project called “Sustain Your Community”. This project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide cost-savings for residents, and support community engagement over the next 3 years. They are focusing on energy conservation, water conservation, sustainable transportation, and local food. The three initial partner communities include Lowertown, Beaverbrook, and Constance Bay. If you are interesting in getting involved please contact: or


Smith’s Fall Community Roundtable


On Thursday 6 November, Jim Birtch made a public presentation on “Biosphere Eco-City Principles for Smiths Falls” at the Smiths Falls Community Health Centre. This was part of the Rideau Roundtable Speaker Series. As well, Jim facilitated a workshop on the BEC Theme of Food. There were presentations on four local food initiatives and participants provided useful feedback on these. As well, the workshop identified some key objectives for food sustainability in Smiths Falls. As follow-up there will be a second workshop on food and one on the BEC Theme of Sense of Place. Both of these will take place in Smiths Falls early in 2015.


Probus Club Ottawa Rideau Valley


On Wednesday 7 January, Jim Birtch made a presentation on OBEC to the Probus Club of Ottawa Rideau Valley in Manotick. The presentation is entitled “Sustainability – Easy Enough for Everyone.” He explained the importance of sustainability, and how engaging people and organizations is the key to success. Probus is a club of retired and semi-retired professionals who value opportunities to meet others and explore their interests. Speakers are a regular feature of their monthly meetings.


Ottawa Stewardship Council Presentation


As a part of our OBEC Outreach Program, Bob Hillary will be making a presentation on Wednesday, Feb 11 to the Ottawa Stewardship Council. The meeting will be at the Fletcher Wildlife Centre, which is located in the Experimental Farm off Prince of Wales Dr. at 7 pm. All are Welcome!


Happy New Year!


The second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) will take place  at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St, Ottawa on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Wellington Room (main floor)

Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative

Building urban and rural sustainability through involvement, initiative and sharing.



Our vision is for an environmentally sustainable City that support a high quality of life, now and for future generations.



Our mission is to achieve sustainability in partnership with our stakeholders by sharing ideas, knowledge, and experience.


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