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

  • Conservation of Key Forest Corridor Expanded – Leland Wetlands
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is announcing the protection of 119 hectares (294 acres) of granite ridges, wetlands, streambanks and forests in the Frontenac Arch. Once the treasured retreat of local landowner John “Jack” Read more
  • Pontiac Street Depave – Turning Pavement to Parkland in Kitchissippi Ward
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: EnviroCentre and Kitchissippi Ward, Councillor Jeff Leiper Timeline for Completion: October 5, 2019 Objective: This depaving project is partially done by hand as this creates a deep connection to the space and highlights the human impact on our environment. It is believed to be Ottawa’s first street to Read more
  • Carp Hills – Named One of Top 10 Nature Hot Spots in Ottawa by NCC
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Friends of the Carp Hills Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has named the Carp Hills as one of its Top 10 Nature Hot Spots in Ottawa. NCC identified the 10 areas based on suggestions from the public and information from a variety of sources and Read more
  • Top 10 Nature Hot Spots in Ottawa
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Objective: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has identified top 10 nature hot spots in Ottawa, based on suggestions from the public and information from a variety of sources and databases, including regional studies, Read more
  • Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
    (Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation) Organization: City of Ottawa Timeline for Completion: Summer 2020 Objective: The current Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge is at the end of its lifecycle. It will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge which will form part of the active living transportation network. The bridge will provide a new visual Read more
  • Hutton Creek Marsh getting makeover
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Project Start Date: Nov 2019Spring 2020 Objective: A provincially significant wetland will get a makeover this winter, thanks in part to a $55,000 grant from Wildlife Habitat Canada. The Hutton Creek Marsh near Lombardy has become a monoculture: choked and overgrown with cattails, only 10 Read more
  • West Carleton Community Root Cellar – Connecting Small-Scale Farmers, Families and Local Food
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health) Organization: Deep Roots Food Hub (DRFH) Project Start Date: Start Fall 2019 Objective: The Deep Roots Food Hub is pilot testing the community built root cellar located on NCC property where local, small-scale farmers can rent space to store their crops. This root cellar will provide farmers with a sustainable, energy-efficient and time-tested Read more
  • Russell Living Locally Fair 2020
    (Theme 5 – Food, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place) Organization: Russell & District Horticultural Society Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Annual Event on 3rd Saturday in January Objective: The Living Locally Fair is a great community event that everyone looks forward to each year. Local artisans, food producers, farmers and more! Come and find out about the great Read more
  • Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – What your Forest can do for you
    (Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital) Organization: Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) Timeline for Completion: Annual Event in February – (Friday, February 21, 2020) Objective: Be sure to join us for the 33rd edition of the conference! The theme is “What your Forest can do for you”, touching on topics including Economic Value of the Forest, Wildlife, Forest Edibles, Read more
  • Kanata Nordic Ski Club – helps make Ottawa Winters more fun for the whole family
    (Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation, Theme10 – Sense of Place) 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 Read more