Ottawa is composed of much more than buildings, roads and other built grey infrastructure. Ottawa also has beautiful greenspaces, lovely waterways, and vibrant communities. Ecology Ottawa’s Living City program aims to breathe life into our built spaces and protect the greenspaces we’ve got!
The Living City will work to engage Ottawa residents in active efforts around its City’s living systems such as trees, water and greenspace. As a culmination of four of Ecology Ottawa’s campaigns, the Living City will take on aspects of our work around parks and greenspaces and our Green Infrastructure, Tree Ottawa and Healthy Watersheds campaigns.
Ecology Ottawa’s Living City project is about making our already great neighborhoods even better. It is about working together to address the very real challenges that we are facing today as a society. We need communities that have strong tree canopies, healthy waterways, and protected greenspace, not only because they are more sustainable and better able to adapt to problems such as climate change, but also because they are cornerstones in fostering healthy citizens and neighborhoods.
In essence it will integrate nature into the very fabric of urban planning, defend trees, plants, animals, rivers and greenspace and solve challenges by working with – not against – nature.
The living City will inspire Ottawa and its residents to prioritize trees, protect greenspace and promote healthy watersheds by focusing on green infrastructure, planting trees, proper storm water management, and purchasing local parks and greenspace for long-term protection.