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

  • Walkability workshop for the City of Ottawa – Cityview neighbourhood
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Walkable Ottawa and Ecology Ottawa Timeline for Completion: January 23 9:30am to 12:30 pm via Zoom Objective: A HOMEGROWN INITIATIVE TO TRANSITION OTTAWA’S MATURING NEIGHBOURHOODS INTO WALKABLE COMMUNITIES Build your walkable neighbourhood Join in our Community Workshops on January 23. To Read more
  • SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase – Virtual Edition
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 2 – Energy) Organization: SMARTNet Alliance Timeline for Completion: Jan 30, 2021 from 11 AM- 4:00 PM Objective: Did you hear about the Virtual SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase?? Join us on Saturday January 30th and enjoy workshops, talks, seminars, a live interactive exhibitor area all from the comfort of your own home!! Register now to hold your Read more
  • A Newcomers’ Guide to Sustainability in Canada – Newcomers’ Sustainability Workshops
    (Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) Timeline for Completion: Series starting Jan 30, 2021 until the end of March, 2021 Objective: To start off 2021, Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City is launching a Newcomers’ Sustainability Series! If you are new to Canada, or know of someone new to Canada, please check it out! This will be an online series over the Read more
  • Experience Your #WinterCapital – Expanded Winter Trail Network
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Keep active this winter with an expanded trail network, interactive map and personal challenge! In Canada’s Capital, we don’t just endure winter — we embrace it! Blanketed with a fresh layer of snow, Ottawa–Gatineau’s vast network of parks and Read more
  • Two new public parks coming to Ottawa’s Chaudière Island
    (Theme 3 – Design, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC) Timeline for Completion: 2022 Objective: Two new public parks are set to open on downtown Ottawa’s Chaudière Island. Pangishimo Park is a planned waterfront park that will be located on the western shoreline of Chaudières Island. It will be the first of three parks to Read more
  • Your Guide to Winter Cycling – Smart cycling, safe cycling
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Envirocentre – Transportation Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: Cycling is a rewarding activity and can be done year-round. If you are just beginning to cycle in the colder months, take the time to learn and build your confidence. With some bike preparation, a good route and the right clothes you can extend Read more
  • ?SJAM Winter Trail – a shared recreational use
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: Dovercourt Recreation Association/National Capital Commission Timeline for Completion: Started Feb 2016 Ongoing Seasonal Objective: A groomed multi-use winter trail along the Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) multi-use pathway (MUP) promotes active living, provides access to the Ottawa River shoreline, and welcomes a diversity of Read more
  • Kanata Nordic Ski Club – helps make Ottawa Winters more fun for the whole family
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: Wesley Clover Parks Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Seasonal Objective: Established in 1979, Kanata Nordic now calls Wesley Clover Parks home with a growing trail-network for all skiers to enjoy. Cross country skiing is a great way to get out and get active during the winter months and is a sport the whole family can enjoy Read more
  • Rideau Winter Trail – Winter Sports Near Downtown
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: Rideau Winter Trail Timeline for Completion: Started 2019 Ongoing Seasonal (November – March) Objective: Our Mission – Healthy Living, Family Fun, and Group Activities The Rideau Winter Trail is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the development, sustainability and public use of trails in and around the Rideau Read more
  • OC Transpo’s pilot project on electric buses coming Fall, 2021
    (Theme 1 – Transportation) Organization: City of Ottawa/OC Transpo Project Start Date: Fall, 2021 Objective: The City of Ottawa is proceeding with the procurement and delivery of four ‘New Flyer’ electric buses in 2021. The testing is expected to begin next fall.. The buses will use depot-based charging to slow-charge the buses, with batteries on board. Summary: Contact Us: Read more