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). Any organization willing to share its methods and results may develop a Demonstration Project. The projects are meant to motivate others to take action on sustainability, by showing what can be done. As such, they complement the effects of Sustainability Plans and the Database of Sustainability Projects which are the other major motivational tools of BEC. So far the Ottawa BEC Council has undertaken two Demonstration Projects: The first on Agricultural Biodiversity undertaken in 2011 and the second a Sustainability Tour begun in 2012.

Example – Ottawa Sustainability Tour

A very successful launch of the self-guided Ottawa Sustainability Tour was launched on Saturday 14 September 2013. It started with pancakes at Richelieu Park. Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury thanked the more than 60 volunteers and organizations that created the tour. Then bicycles, electric and other vehicles set out to visit 10 special places illustrating ten themes of sustainability; eight with guides or events for the launch. To do the tour, download a tour book (see links below). If you already did the tour, please fill out the English or French questionnaire

Willing to discover exceptional places, download our self guided Ottawa Sustainability Tour Book in English and French or download the preview documents of the tour in English and French.


Themes of Sustainability

Transportation – Theme 1 Movement of goods and people

Energy – Theme 2 For buildings and activities e.g. transportation, manufacturing, agriculture

Design – Theme 3 Built environment including community design

Habitat – Theme 4 Urban & rural spaces for plants & animals, connectivity

Food – Theme 5 Local healthy food, heritage crops & animals, urban gardens

Natural Capital – Theme 6 Human needs for land, water, soil, natural materials

Waste – Theme 7 Processing of waste, re-use, recycling, conversion to energy

Health – Theme 8 Clean air & water, safety, tranquility, environmental needs of vulnerable groups

Recreation – Theme 9 Non-motorized, urban or rural

Sense of Place – Theme 10 Feeling of belonging that leads to stewardship