BEC tool 4 – Database of Projects


The Database summarizes basic information on any project related to sustainability in the Biosphere Eco-City. This is a key tool for the BEC Objective to Share Information. Projects in the Database are organized according to Themes of Sustainability, so people can search in their areas of interest. Readers may find useful ideas and can contact project developers to get more details. People and organizations who list their projects may find their listing leads to volunteers or support. You may submit a project or view the Ottawa BEC Database.

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

Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

  • Sun Shelter Opening – Canadensis “The Garden of Canada”
    (Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Canadensis Botanical Garden Society Timeline for Completion: Grand Opening June 2019 Objective: Lawrence will be MC at the Sun Shelter Opening ?20? ?Jun? ?5?:?00? ?PM – ?08?:?00? ?PM Canadensis | The Garden of Canada | Le J, 97PV+4F Civic Hospital – Experimental Farm – Central Park, Read more
  • Ottawa Foraging: Wild Plant and Mushroom Walks
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Foraged Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Our mission is to help people build a deeper connection to Ottawa’s natural spaces through hands-on experiences and knowledge sharing focused on wild edible plants and mushrooms of the Ottawa Valley and surrounding region. Want to get to know the wild and wonderful plants and Read more
  • Species Revival: Saving the American Eel
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Portage Power Project Start Date: Completed 2017 Objective: Once the dominant fish species in the Ottawa River, the population of American eels has been decimated. In a span of only 30 years, the population has fallen almost 99% in Ontario. The numbers of eels in Ontario have been reduced so dramatically that they were already considered endangered when the Read more
  • Generating History: Chaudière Falls Expansion
    (Theme 2 – Energy, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Portage Power Timeline for Completion: Completed in 2017 Objective: Our vision of the Chaudière Falls expansion project was three-fold: produce clean, renewable energy in an environmentally responsible way; be an open public space to be enjoyed by all; and serve as a place of recognition and celebration of Canada’s First Read more
  • Greening our Garbage: 10 Years of Turning Waste into Energy
    (Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: PowerTrail Inc. Timeline for Completion: Started 2007 Ongoing Objective: Clean, green, renewable energy, at that. At the City of Ottawa landfill site in Richmond, decomposed waste creates methane – a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – that is collected and converted into enough electricity to power about Read more
  • Kanata Farmers’ Market – Enjoy a wide variety of goods, produced and distributed by locals
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Kanata Farmers’ Market Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal Objective: The Kanata Farmers’ Market has been and always will be here to serve the community. We believe in providing our shoppers with quality products as well as outstanding service. Since day one, a genuine love and passion for our patrons has defined Read more
  • GIVEAWAY WEEKEND: Your trash could be someone’s treasure
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Sat and Sun – June 8-9, 2019 Objective: Wait! Don’t toss that. It’s the City of Ottawa’s giveaway weekend Saturday and Sunday and your trash could be someone else’s treasure trove. The city suggests putting out books, CDs and DVDs, old furniture and small appliances, construction materials including drywall and Read more
  • Inside the Greenbelt – Caldwell-Carver Conservation Area (Walking Trails)
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: City of Ottawa – Conservation Areas, Forests and Parks Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Caldwell-Carver Conservation area has pathways around the eastern shore of McKay Lake and a smaller pond with a sandy beach. The rich woodland retains an abundance of bird species. What Read more
  • Inside the Greenbelt – Britannia Conservation Area
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: City of Ottawa – Conservation Areas, Forests and Parks Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal Objective: A 79 hectare patch of wilderness in the middle of an urban setting, Britannia Conservation Area is an amazing area of forest and wetlands. It is home to a pond called Mud Lake and Read more
  • Sustainable Agriculture in the Greenbelt
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: The National Capital Commission Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Farms in the Greenbelt are a symbol of Canada’s rural traditions, and they provide an example of how to practise viable and diverse agriculture in a near-urban setting. The Greenbelt also ensures that there is a space in Ottawa Read more