At the third and final event in the 2008 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series, Councillor Vic Derman of the District of Saanich elaborated on his vision for The Natural City. He posed the question: "What do we want this place to look like in 50 years, and how will we get from here to there?"
“Collectively, the three lenses bring our future into focus. The picture they define is one of environmental, social and economic sustainability. It portrays a new approach that cannot be accomplished with tinkering and incremental change. Instead, bold and visionary action will be needed," states Vic Derman.
Geoff Young (Chair, Capital Region District):
The heat recovery project prevents approximately 560 tonnes of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere every year, which is the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road. The system functions as a closed loop system, which means that supply water never exits the pipes.
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.
“The event was conducted as a townhall sharing session. We invited the development community to talk about how local government can make the development application process more transparent and faster. We also invited participants to share their ideas on green infrastructure innovations," stated Derek Richmond.
John Manson - Langford City Engineer
Chilled above ground and sweltering below, City Centre Park’s new ice rink has ambitious plans to host one of the most efficient heat-capture systems in North America.
Liliana Bozic (120p) - ALIDP Vice-Chair
The vision is that British Columbia and Alberta communities will embrace a design with nature guiding philosophy to achieve settlement in balance with ecology.
CRD Headquarters Building
In the Autumn of 2007, the CRD Headquarters Building Phase Two was awarded the Canadian Green Building Council’s prestigious LEED®: Gold designation.
Chris Jensen (120p) - Feb 2010
Climate change significantly raises the risk of rain-generated floods and infrastructure failure. To maintain current levels of service, drainage infrastructure will need to be modified and upgraded.