Biosphere EcoCities Canada
LocationCanadaCanada, Canada A1A 1A1Canada Canada
Canadian Biosphere Eco-Cities strengthening each other nationally and internationally. A world culture of sustainability, achieved by cities through engagement and cooperation. Mission: Promote the use of BEC Themes & Tools to engage Canadians in sustainability; Connect Canadian Biosphere Eco-Cities to promote their success; Mentor and support new Biosphere Eco-Cities; Show Canadians how the BEC approach benefits them; Export the BEC concept to other countries
Biosphere Eco-Cities Canada (BECC) is a national, non-profit network that works to connect all Biosphere Eco-Cities across Canada. A Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) is an urban area and surrounding countryside where cooperation and collaboration ensure that everyone’s actions can contribute to sustainability; ultimately fostering a culture of sustainability. Currently, there are five BEC initiatives across Canada; Ottawa (OBEC), Toronto (TBEC), Brampton (BBEC), Edmonton (EBEC), and Vancouver (VBEC). BECC provides support and acts as a resource and tool for collaboration among BECs while also implementing national sustainability projects.
BECs use 10 Themes of Sustainability (transportation, energy, design, habitat, food, natural capital, waste, health, recreation, and sense of place) and 5 Tools of Engagement (Database of Projects, Sustainability Plans, Workshops on Individual Themes, Demonstration Projects, and Council of Stakeholders) to create a culture of sustainability through community engagement, cooperation, innovation and sharing of knowledge, skills and information for sustainability.