Existing Assets in the Downtown Core

There is already a great suite of existing and emerging sustainability assets in the downtown core. The Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict will celebrate and build on these. Take a look at the brief summary below, or review a more detailed list of assets we’ve identified to date (PDF). We welcome your input to expand this list:

  • Over 30 certified green buildings and at least four green roofs
  • Impressive green energy infrastructure, such as Energy Ottawa’s run-of-river hydroelectric generation in the Ottawa River; a large district energy system; and the Fleet Street Pumping Station (hydraulic pumping of drinking water)
  • Growing sustainable transportation infrastructure, including the Laurier segregated bike lane, the expanded BIXI bike network, numerous VRTUCAR locations, and the coming light rail, as well as an exciting suite of options being developed through downtown mobility planning in preparation for the LRT
  • Expanding residential capacity, resulting in more options to live near work
  • Many other green lifestyle options, including: the above-noted transportation choices; outdoor recreational spaces like the Fleet Street whitewater course, the Rideau Canal, and the Ottawa River pathway; local food options such as a large community garden, a pilot outdoor Good Food Market, and several Savour Ottawa restaurants
  • Many other community assets that support sustainability, such as new social enterprise hubs and affordable housing

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