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

  • Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Gatineau Park
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: National Capital Commission Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The obvious choice for many nature enthusiasts, Gatineau Park has a host of trail options from short strolls to difficult climbs, hiking to skiing and winter biking. Many end at stunning lookouts, so there’s a payoff at the Read more
  • Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Pinhey Forest Trails
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: National Capital Commission Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Located in the woods behind the Nepean Sportsplex, Pinhey Forest’s Trail 30 is an easily accessible hiking route through a conifer forest. It runs 3.5 kilometres and is open year-round. The trail is maintained by the Read more
  • Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Eagle’s Nest Lookout
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Calabogie Peaks Resort Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: This hike at Calabogie Peaks is only moderately challenging, with a gradual climb up an old logging road. It can take two and a half to three hours, but hikers are rewarded with a fantastic view from the top. More information Read more
  • Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Stony Swamp Trail
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Located on National Capital Commission land near the junctions of highways 417 and 416 in Ottawa’s west end, the 40 kilometres of trails at Stony Swamp are a great place to get back to nature without leaving the city. Read more
  • Ottawa-area Trail Where you can Socially Distance in Nature – Poet’s Pathway
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: The Poets’ Pathway Committee Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Running from Britannia Beach to the Beechwood Cemetery, much of this walking and biking trail consists of existing pathways. The complete trail stretches across 35 kilometres and is divided into 12 shorter walks, such as the Read more
  • Hutton Creek Marsh Restoration Nearing Completion
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Timeline for Completion: 2020 Objective: Hutton Creek Marsh is an amazing sample of Ontario’s provincially significant wetlands. This 300-hectare marsh found upstream of the Motts Mills Berm is part of the much larger Otter Lake – Hutton Creek Wetland Complex which covers 722 Read more
  • Indigenous Walking Tours in Ottawa
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Indigenous Walks Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Indigenous Walks is a walk and talk through downtown Ottawa from an Indigenous perspective. Together walkers and guide will explore social, political and cultural issues through architecture, landscape, monuments and art. The tour is about two hours over 3km Read more
  • The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Friends of the Earth Timeline for Completion: June to Aug – an Annual Event Objective: Just like governments need a census to know what’s happening with its citizens, as well as their homes, families and jobs, we think bumble bees need their own census. Not enough is known about wild, native bees in Canada, and what scientists do know is worrying. Read more
  • Create Your Own Bee & Bee Space
    (Theme 4 – Habitat) Organization: Friends of the Earth Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Community gardens, parks and landscaped areas are increasingly important places for wild, native bees. Scientists say there may be as many as 50 species of native bees in the average backyard garden. Many bee species burrow in the ground or use hollow plant stems for homes. You can help Read more
  • Greta’s Organic Gardens – Organic Vegetable Seeds and Plants
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Greta’s Organic Gardens Timeline for Completion: Started 1992 – Ongoing Objective: As an organic seed company based in Ontario, Greta’s Organic Gardens assists customers in cultivating a unique and high quality garden and plants. We provide organic gardening seeds that flourish into plants and vegetables with enhanced taste and Read more