“Good things happen when nature is part of the equation,” writes Michele Molnar about the Town of Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy

"With municipalities receiving just eight cents of every tax dollar to build and maintain almost half of the country's core infrastructure, it's not surprising that Canadian cities are looking for innovative, cost-saving approaches to manage it. As aging infrastructure eats up more and more of municipal budgets in maintenance, repair and replacement costs, this becomes urgent," wrote Michele Molnar.

Leading Change in British Columbia: “Bring nature into the DNA of decision-making to build resilient communities,” says Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons CAO

"Canadian municipalities must innovate to address at least three major, interconnected issues now and over the coming years. The Town of Gibsons, just north of Vancouver, is pioneering a strategy that could contribute to the efforts of municipalities in BC and elsewhere to address these issues. The Gibsons 'eco-asset strategy' is proving to be an effective financial and municipal management approach," stated Emanuel Machado.

Green Infrastructure: Urban Sustainability Accelerator program helps others build on Portland’s success

Cities selected for this program are able to take advantage of a full year of personalized advice provided by individuals with decades of sustainability expertise. "The participating cities are not the usual suspects, like San Francisco, New York or Boston. They are small to mid-sized cities that may have similarities to Portland in some cases, and in others, could not be more different. A lot of these are very unglamorous cities, which makes it kind of fun,” says Robert Liberty.

New Report Reveals a Vision for Cities of the Future: Greener, Healthier and More Resilient

"We should be developing cities to promote biodiversity rather than hamper it, as part of a drive for higher quality external design to create better places for urban citizens to live, work and relax, where people can lead healthier and happier lives. As space in cities becomes more precious, planning for green needs to be considered as a fundamental consideration and not as an optional add-on or a nod towards biodiversity," stated Tom Armour.

Will Marsh explains “Site Adaptive Planning and Design”


Will Marsh (Landscape Planner, Teacher, Author):
This is a straight-forward planning principle that facilitates a ‘Design with Nature’ approach to development. This approach respects the inherent qualities that make places special.