What is the Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (OBEC)?

OBEC is a not-for-profit that uses Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) Themes and Tools to engage people and organizations in sustainability

BEC tool 1 - Council of Stakeholders

Stakeholders meet as a Council to do four main things:

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BEC tool 2 - Demonstration Projects

These are projects that opened up to the public to demonstrate useful approaches to sustainability in a Biosphere Eco-City (BEC).

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BEC tool 3 - Sustainability Plans

This is a short document that provides individuals with ideas on what they can do to advance sustainability.

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BEC tool 4 - Database of Projects

The Database summarizes information projects related to the ten BEC Themes of Sustainability. This is a key tool for sharing information.

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Recent Projects

Information Management

All BEC Tools promote sharing of sustainability information, but OBEC wants to do more.

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School Sustainability Planning

OBEC has developed material to train high school students to lead the creation of sustainability plans at their schools.

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Sustain Your Community

OBEC is supporting Envirocentre initiative to engage communities in transportation, energy, food and water conservation projects.

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Latest Entries in Database of Sustainability Projects

Renfrew County Nature Notebook

Renfrew County Nature Notebook

Renfrew County Nature Notebook is a companion website to the Renfrew County Biotabase and the Renfre[...]
The Renfrew County Biotabase (RCB) - Biodiversity is more than just a buzz word

The Renfrew County Biotabase (RCB) - Biodiversity is more than just a buzz word

Coordinator information: Robin Cunningham RR 6 Pembroke, ON K8A 6W7 email: rcunning@bell.net[...]
Local Food Buying Guide for the Upper Ottawa Valley

Local Food Buying Guide for the Upper Ottawa Valley

General Information info@ottawavalleyfood.org[...]
Idle-Free School Zones

Idle-Free School Zones

Ottawa River Institute 4084 Matawatchan Rd RR 3 Griffith ON K0J 2R0 For more information pleas[...]
Sustainable Communities Program

Sustainable Communities Program

Contact Us For more information about The Natural Step Canada, please contact us at: The Natural[...]

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