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

  • The Poets’ Pathway
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The purpose of the Pathway is two-fold: it helps preserve greenspace in the nation’s capital; and it commemorates Canada’s ’Confederation Poets’ along the trail. The Poets’ Pathway is a walking and biking trail approximately 35 kilometres Read more
  • Heritage Ottawa Walking Tours – 2018
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Heritage Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Ongoing – Seasonal June to October Objective: Our 2018 Walking Tour Season begins on June 10 and continues to October 14. Stroll through some of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer Tour Guides. Read more
  • Forest Wellness Walks – It’s all in the experience
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Forest Therapy Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Join an Upcoming Public Walks! Come on your own or with a friend or loved one. Our walks are in “near nature” — mostly within the urban boundaries of Ottawa-Gatineau. We also offer walks on the beautiful lands Read more
  • Heartbeet Farm – Watch Us Grow
    (Theme 5 – Food) Organization: Heartbeet Farm – CSA in Ottawa Valley Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: A small organic vegetable farm in the Ottawa Valley growing good food. Heartbeet Farm is located on one acre of rented land at Our Farm CSA, a pastured sheep farm in Woodlawn, ON. Heartbeet vegetables are grown organically using a walk-behind tractor, sheep manure Read more
  • Bee Friendly Farming in Canada
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food) Organization: Seeds of Diversity Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: More Native Plant Diversity = More Native Pollinator Diversity Pollination Canada, a project of Seeds of Diversity, is proud to announce its participation in Bee Friendly Farming Self-certification allows you to use this logo, indicating that your agricultural practices Read more
  • Macoun Marsh – preserving biodiversity
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Started 2004 Ongoing Objective: Located in the southeast section of Beechwood Cemetery, the Macoun Marsh is a unique urban wetland named after John Macoun, a pioneering Canadian naturalist buried at Beechwood. To date, over 1,200 wildlife Read more
  • Mark your Calendar! Fall Colours Hike to Blueberry Mountain
    (Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in Fall Objective: Each year the MMLT offers its annual Fall Colours Nature Walk at this lovely 1250-acre wilderness property known as cliffLAND. The Clifford Family entered into a conservation easement agreement with the Land Trust in 2009 to permanently preserve this Read more
  • Macoun Field Club – Connecting the child with the wild
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club Timeline for Completion: Started 1948 Ongoing Objective: The Macoun Field Club is for children and youth from ages 8 to 18. It has been bringing kids into first-hand contact with nature and with people who are dedicated to the study of nature for 65 years. It is sponsored by the Ottawa Read more
  • Community sown, Naturally grown, Right in your backyard
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Backyard Edibles Timeline for Completion: Started 2015 Ongoing Seasonal Objective: THE URBAN FARM Our farm is anything but typical. Embedded in the communities it feeds, Backyard Edibles transforms underused residential space into productive market gardens. With clusters of plots within a given neighbourhood, our farm not only grows Read more
  • The Natural Step – Sustainable Communities Program
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: The Natural Step Canada Timeline for Completion: Founded 1996 Ongoing Objective: ACCELERATING CHANGE This definition of sustainability is concrete and understandable for everyone. The Natural Step’s approach creates a shared language so that we may work together for effective and desirable Read more