Summary Report on Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation at the University of Victoria

“This transformational experience resulted in a new vision for constructing water and energy efficient buildings in a built environment that respects the natural environment. UVic is leading by example in implementing approaches and practices that achieve Design with Nature outcomes, and reduce physical impacts resulting from intensive urbanization," stated Sarah Webb.

Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation at the University of Victoria: List of Water Bucket Stories

Situated at the headwaters of Bowker Creek, the University of Victoria, a community of more than 25,000 people, is a case study for green buildings and compact growth. "In the third of three events that comprised the 2008 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island Series, the University of Victoria and POLIS Project showcased how each is 'walking the talk' in turning theory into action," stated Jody Watson.

Convening for Action at the University of Victoria: Towards a New Infrastructure – Integrated and Water-Centric Planning

"The usual approach is to acquire land, decide what will be placed on it, then go about making it sustainable as possible. The layered approach effectively turns this upside down. Rather than being 'fitted into the project' after key decisions have been made, elements such as sustainability, amenity and social equity become the drivers of development outcomes," explained Vic Derman.

Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation: Towards a New Infrastructure – Integrated and Water-Centric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond

"Emphasis will be on how water sustainability can be achieved through the ‘soft path’ for water and complemented by green infrastructure practices that flow from a Design with Nature guiding philosophy; especially when those infrastructure practices reflect a full and proper understanding of the relationship between land and water," reported Oliver Brandes.

Summary Report on Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the City of Langford

Westhills is British Columbia's largest LEED-Neighbourhood Development pilot project. "Westhills has design elements and community initiatives that create and nuture a strong sense of community; and a plan that incorporates leading-edge environmental technologies," stated Darlene Tait. "The project integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green buildings into a system for neighbourhood design."