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

  • Fairmont Bee Sustainable Program
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel and Government of Canada Timeline for Completion: Started May, 2019 Ongoing Objective: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been committed to protecting the environment for close to 30 years. A big part of that commitment is looking for new creative ways to enhance its award-winning Read more
  • Mooney’s Bay Community Gardens at the Riverside Mall
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Riverside Park Community Association (RPCA) Timeline for Completion: Started July, 2020 Ongoing Objective: The Mooney’s Bay Community Garden is a project of the RPCA and is temporarily located at the site of a vacant grocery store at the Riverside Mall, while the mall’s new owners confirm plans to redevelop the land. Local families will Read more
  • The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program – Empowering Youth to Be Leaders in Conservation
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Timeline for Completion: 2020-21 Objective: The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program, funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada Service Corps, is a year-long program that educates, trains and inspires future stewards of Canada’s great wilderness. The three Read more
  • Breathe Easy Project
    (Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Ecology Ottawa Timeline for Completion: 2021 Objective: Breathe Easy is a community-level project to measure Ottawa’s air quality, inspired by the INHALE project in Toronto (Toronto Environmental Alliance) and Hamilton (Environment Hamilton). Partnering with the Ottawa chapter of Sierra Club Canada, the air quality of Ottawa’s arboretum will be compared to Read more
  • Lake Clear Conservancy – Dedicated to the Conservation of the Natural Heritage
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Lake Clear Conservancy Timeline for Completion: Started 1998, Ongoing Objective: In 1998, a small group of concerned people met to discuss ways to preserve and protect the natural beauty, water quality, and wildlife of Lake Clear. The result of that meeting was the Lake Clear Conservancy, an Read more
  • Ottawa Valley Nature Fix – Lake Clear – wonderful spot for a nature fix
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Ottawa River Institute Timeline for Completion: July, 2020 Objective: This month we are featuring Lake Clear, a jewel of a lake in the Ottawa Valley, that many people believe is the best managed lake in Renfrew County from an environmental perspective. A great way to get a Lake Clear nature fix, is to Read more
  • Ottawa Farmers’ Market – From the Heart of the Land
    (Database of Projects, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Ottawa Farmers’ Market Timeline for Completion: Started in 2006 Ongoing Seasonal Objective: The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is a producer-run organization that features vendors from an area 100 kilometres of Ottawa, including more Savour Ottawa certified growers than any other market. Lansdowne Market – Ottawa Read more
  • Bike Ottawa Interactive Maps
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: Bike Ottawa – Citizens for Safe Cycling Since 1984 Timeline for Completion: Founded 1984 Ongoing Objective: The organisation promotes greater bicycle use and enjoyment, cycling safety and awareness, bicycle route and road conditions that are safer as well as more pleasant, and an overall increased respect for cyclists in the Read more
  • Convertus – Converting Organic Material into Compost
    (Theme 7 – Waste) Organization: Convertus – We Give Resources New Life Timeline for Completion: Since 2010 Ongoing Objective: Convertus was created in 2019 by the merger of Renewi Canada and Waste Treatment Technologies North America as a business ideally positioned to be a part of the emergency circular economy – an economy that keeps resources in use for as long as possible through Read more
  • NCC Forest Strategy
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: National Capital Commission (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The NCC’s forest strategy will include the following components: •a vision and objectives for the next 30 years •a five-year action plan •planting priorities and targets The strategy will address the management of trees and Read more