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Positions: Sustainability Council Coordinators
Type: unpaid / volunteer
Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City
Location: Ottawa, Ontario


A team of three or four volunteers is needed for ongoing development of the Ottawa Sustainability Stakeholders’ Council (OSSC). The Council welcomes any organization for discussion and action on sustainability in two or three meetings per year. Volunteers will form a committee within a member organization of OSSC. They will promote OSSC, ensure effective meetings, help refine project proposals, and encourage organizations to undertake projects.


The Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) launched the Ottawa Sustainability Stakeholders’ Council (OSSC) in May 2019. This is a forum, outside of OBEC, for any Ottawa organization to discuss sustainability and cooperate on project development. Two well-attended meetings in 2019 and two online discussions in 2020 featured good discussions and proposed seven projects. Work in 2021 will include a post-COVID relaunch of OSSC and project follow-up.


OBEC is forming a committee of three or four volunteers to coordinate communication, meetings and project facilitation for OSSC. Although OBEC created OSSC as an external forum serving the Ottawa community, it wants to shepherd it for a couple of years until OSSC governance is established. Committee members will be under the general direction of the OBEC Manager. They will, however, develop their own methods for internal operation (e.g., division of tasks, who leads what etc.) OBEC will also provide mentors to assist the committee.


1. Communication

  • Inform and question Ottawa organizations on needs for fall 2021 relaunch
  • Advertise OSSC’s two or three meetings per year
  • Publicize OSSC accomplishments to Ottawa public
  • Provide periodic reports on results

2. Meeting Administration

  • Draft and distribute agendas of meetings
  • Record minutes of meetings
  • Distribute and correct minutes
  • Send follow-ups to people tasked in minutes

3. Project Facilitation

  • Help turn project descriptions (from meetings) into project proposals
  • Encourage OSSC members or other organizations to undertake projects
  • Broker partnerships for project implementation, where useful


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Apr 13 2021    ID: 59469