The city's temperature is lower because it has so many trees and woodlands 'sucking' heat from the air. The phenomenon is described as 'heat absorption within urban areas'.
“A decade ago, we thought that if we could hold the line for 20 years, we believed that we might be able to improve conditions over 50 years. Early success has given us confidence that this is attainable much sooner,” stated Kim Stephens. “A decade ago, the breakthrough in thinking came when we developed the concept of a Rainfall Spectrum to categorize the rainfall-days that occur each year.”
The plan reimagines the city as an oasis of rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, thousands of additional trees, and more. Announced in September 2009, and 12 years in the making, the new plan would 'peel back' the city’s concrete and asphalt and replace them with plants.
SANYA Beijing – new urbanism in harmony with nature
SANY, the largest heavy equipment manufacturer in China and one of the top 10 heavy equipment manufacturers in the world, wanted to create a memorable visitor experience.
Joe Van Belleghem (80p)
When finished, Dockside will have a population of 2,500 residents in three neighbourhoods. Plans call for 26 buildings featuring residential, retail, office, live-work units and light industrial uses.
Urban green spaces such as gardens and parks are an increasingly important refuge for wildlife as towns and cities encroach further into the countryside.
British Columbia’s “Topsoil Law & Policy Primer” – Bowker Creek Forum in Victoria was the venue for provincial launch
The 'Topsoil Primer Set' synthesizes the experience of City of Surrey, the City of Courtenay and the District of North Vancouver in pioneering implementation of absorbent landscape policies and requirements.
Coined by Edward T. McMahon, the phrase was trumpeted in a May 1999 report of the US President’s Council on Sustainable Development.
Law & Policy Tools: Shared Responsibility Underpins a Regional Team Approach to Creating Our Future in British Columbia
“Policy and legal tools can help developers, regulators and designers collaborate to implement green infrastructure solutions and ensure responsible outcomes. Each party in the process has a responsibility,” states Susan Rutherford.
Judith Walker (120p) – Village of Cumberland
The appeal of the regional team approach is that the sharing of experiences and tools can leverage the Village’s limited resources, and hence their effectiveness.