City of North Vancouver Wins Planning Kudos for 100-Year Sustainability Vision


A Low Carbon Future 

The City of North Vancouver continues to receive recognition for its progress in the area of sustainability. The Canadian Institute of Planners has recognized the City’s 100 Year Sustainability Vision for a low carbon future as the winning entry in the category of Environmental Planning.

The 100 Year Sustainability Vision, created for the City in partnership with the UBC Design Centre for Sustainability, is among nine winners of the organization’s 2010 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes planning excellence through its annual awards program, which honours planning projects judged on their excellence, innovation, contribution to the body of professional knowledge, implementation potential, and presentation.

The Canadian Institute of Planners received 53 planning documents and projects from across Canada, reviewed by a jury which chose winners in various categories.

Last fall, the City’s 100 Year Sustainability Vision garnered recognition from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in the area of Community Excellence honouring the City for demonstrating initiative and cooperation in leading the innovative planning process to prepare a long term vision for a low carbon future.


Partnership with UBC  Design Centre for Sustainability

The City partnered with the University of British Columbia Design Centre for Sustainability to prepare the 100 Year Sustainability Vision in 2008. Operating under the themes of liveability, sustainability and resilience, the forward looking vision examines likely scenarios, challenges and opportunities in the future, enabling the City to develop forward thinking policy planning that acknowledges the impact of land use planning decisions and their greenhouse gas implications.

The 100 Year Sustainability Vision provides a vision of a possible future for the City. The goal of the 100-year plan is to guide the City toward carbon-neutral status by 2107, the City’s 200th anniversary. Aside from providing a visionary blueprint, the planning document is also expected to encourage meaningful discussions in the community and between other Lower Mainland municipalities about climate change and the importance of leaving a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.


Other Sustainability Initiatives

The City has also won awards for one of its other sustainability initiatives, the district energy service, Lonsdale Energy Corporation.

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Posted June 2010