We are always on the lookout for interesting projects to work on – and for committed community members & partners to work with. Every project idea goes through a review process and if it furthers our strategic objectives… we’re up for it! But finding the right partners is key.
Interested in being part of transforming Ottawa’s core? Drop us a line and let’s see if we can get something going.
The EcoDistrict is helping to further the electric vehicle revolution. We are sharing the benefits of driving electric to help reduce fuel dependency for transportation. Look out for EV Day on Sparks Street for your chance to test drive an EV and learn more about them. We are also proposing that a new EV charging station should be set up in the EcoDistrict in a highly visible spot to help promote the use of EVs as a viable mode of transportation option in the city.
We are on a mission to reduce the ecological footprint of downtown operations and getting more people on bikes is a key part of our plan. It was also the number one priority identified by community members during our 2015 community engagement consultation.
We want to work with the City of Ottawa to ensure that once the Confederation Line LRT is completed, people commuting to the core will easily be able to ride to the station, take the LRT and a walk to their final destination. This could increase the number of residents who are just a bike ride away from the EcoDistrict to as many as 250,000!
We have already done an inventory of bike parking in the EcoDistrict and we have compared our progress to other North American cities. Ottawa is on its way to becoming a bike-friendly city – slowly, but surely – but we have more work to do.
Our Cycle In campaign is working to improve the cycling connections to and from the downtown core. Cycle In will involve simultaneous rides starting from each of the 11 wards 8km from the EcoDistrict and all meeting at City Hall. The volunteer-based event will focus on the desire, design and development of better cycling infrastructure along these routes. Volunteers will also have a collaborative discussion about the best and worst aspects of existing infrastructure.
We are partnering with like-minded organizations such as EnviroCentre, Ecology Ottawa and Citizens for Safe Cycling, as well as the City of Ottawa to make cycling a priority. We have also provided input on the O’Connor Bikeway, which will connect Parliament Hill to Lansdowne Park, making it even easier to travel to and from the EcoDistrict by bike.
A ‘Local Beer Friendly’ event is a celebration of local craft beer with a focus on sustainability.
Local craft beer doesn’t just taste great, it’s also great for the environment and the economy. The OCED hosts Local Beer Friendlies (LBFs) to:
- promote local brewers as businesses with a strong focus on triple bottom line sustainability;
- enhance the social vibrancy of the EcoDistrict; and
- engage people in meaningful conversations about improving Ottawa and building the city of the future.