Share your ideas for building Canada’s first EcoDistrict!
On February 19, 2015, hundreds of community members came to City Hall to share what they love about downtown Ottawa and their ideas for how to improve it. In the end, 334 ideas were generated in six priority areas:
- Livability and Place
- Health and Wellness
- Mobility & Connectivity
- Ecosystem Function
- Resource Efficiency
Take a look at the complete list of ideas.
The EcoDistrict team has sorted and organized these ideas and they fall into four categories:
- Top 10 List – About 53 ideas contributed to our list of the top 10 actionable ideas for EcoDistrict projects.
- Collaboration Opportunities – Some ideas will require cooperation between two or more groups e.g. reclaim industrial spaces. For these ideas we will work with various partners to explore possible next steps.
- Research Opportunities – Some ideas simply require more research e.g. Rooftop gardens for commercial purposes. For these ideas we will work with partners to hold information sessions, do additional research and share our findings.
- Referrals – For ideas or suggestions that belong with the City or OC Transpo or some other organization, we will pass the information along, e.g. Better snow removal around bus stops.
Community Engagement Tool
Even though almost 150 people attended the EcoDistrict’s in-person event, there is an opportunity to engage many more people online. The next step for the EcoDistrict is to invite the community to go online and review our Top 10 list to help us to prioritize those ideas. The input received will help to determine which projects the EcoDistrict will tackle in 2015 and beyond.
It also provides anyone who was unable to attend with a way to be a part of the process. In addition to reviewing the ideas presented, anyone who uses the online tool can add his or her own ideas. These ideas will be added to the ones received already and will fit into one of the four categories above.
The online engagement will be open from March 3rd to 25th, 2015. Anyone from Ottawa, Gatineau or the surrounding areas are encouraged to follow the link and participate.
Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan
All of the ideas and comments provided by the community will be organized into a report that will be ready in draft format in late May. The EcoDistrict’s Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan or SNAP will outline the plan for transforming the downtown core into an EcoDistrict focused on reducing the ecological footprint of operations, increasing social vibrancy and attracting businesses to set up shop.
For more information on the Community Engagement process or the SNAP, please feel free to contact Don Grant, Executive Director, Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To collaborate with the EcoDistrict or to be a volunteer, please contact Clark Trivers, Program Coordinator, Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, email@example.com.