Transforming the Core: The Benefits of an EcoDistrict Approach
Ottawa is a great place to work and live. Money Sense, Canada’s personal finance website, once again ranked Ottawa as the best place to live in Canada, and Richard Florida ranks Ottawa as the number one city in the 2012 Canadian Creativity Index.
The city has seen great progress with the implementation of many innovative projects and this must be continued. The Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict is squarely aligned with community priorities for economic growth, quality of life, the environment, and community improvement planning.
The OCED has three streams of activity:
- Developing Collaborative and Innovative Infrastructure including the opportunity to participate in large scale initiatives like shared district heating and cooling;
- Advancing Sustainable Business Practices focusing on the uptake of existing programs to streamline operations, reduce environmental impacts, grow businesses, increase profits and create jobs; and
- Initiating Community Actions helping local residents, employees, volunteers and community groups to channel their passion and complete hundreds of grassroots actions.
We will build on existing assets and activities including the many certified green buildings, the historic federal district energy system and the pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and will work with partners to ensure that Ottawa is a vibrant, sustainable city of the future.
Read more about from the Business Case Report below.