BEC tool 3 – Sustainability Plans


Sustainability Plans are developed by people in an organization, to be their agenda for collective and individual action. The plans are very easy to develop through a structured workshop. This provides agreed on issues, actions to address the issues and strategies to implement the actions, for each of the 10 BEC Themes of Sustainability. Students at a local school produced the All Saints Sustainability Plan as a first initiative. In 2014, University of Ottawa students helped with development of the Woodroffe Sustainability Plan. In 2015, OBEC will be training students to lead the development of sustainability plans in several high schools. If you would like to develop a Sustainability Plan with your students, employees, or members of your organization, click Contact Us.”

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