“Green roofs have an immense potential for offsetting carbon emissions originating from building operations. This type of research had not been attempted before. In fact, we are still at the forefront. Although industries are currently able to calculate their carbon emission rates related to building operations, ways to calculate their carbon offset potentials are limited,” says Dr. David Gaumont-Guay.
Hastings Creek: North Vancouver District Views the Watershed through a “Sustainable Service Delivery” Lens
“Integration of the Lynn Valley Town Centre and Watershed Blueprint processes has yielded invaluable understanding. We have a plan; there is agreement about the goals; we are developing tools for use by staff, developers and homeowners; and we have a schedule of opportunities. Everything that we need is in play,” states Gavin Joyce.
“How does fresh energy and ideas enter into traditional local government systems? “How do we create an environment that allows citizens to lead, staff to facilitate and politicians to innovate? A new approach called Working Groups shifted our political decision making and community engagement in West Vancouver,” reports Councillor Trish Panz.
“The report draws on data from other agencies such as the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory from the provincial government. Most of the targets in the report have been established in either the City’s Official Community Plan or the Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy,” explains Nancy Hofer.
McHarg’s book Design With Nature is widely considered one of the most important and influential works of its kind. It remains one of the most widely used textbooks on landscape architecture and architecture in the United States. His premise is simple: “that the shaping of land for human use ought to be based on an understanding of natural process.”
FLASHBACK TO 2008: British Columbia released “A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas and Practical Ideas for Land Use Decisions in British Columbia Communities”
“The guide is meant to assist communities of all types: large, small, rural, resort-based, urban, and suburban. It is designed to help maximize both creativity and adaptability to varied scales, specific contexts, and changing on-the-ground conditions,” stated Dr. Laura Tate.
“Using local data, we were able to develop four hedonic pricing models that measure the impacts of Green Infrastructure on property values. Overall, the models indicate that the integration of Green Infrastructure into redevelopment projects has had a positive impact on property values,” reports Kate Madison.
2013 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study: Urban-dwellers ill-prepared for impact of Mother Nature on water
“All the impermeable surfaces in cities create the ideal condition for excess water to overwhelm our already strained municipal stormwater systems. Municipalities, property developers and homeowners must work together to better manage stormwater,” stated Bob Sandford.
By incorporating green infrastructure options with their stormwater management plans, Washington DC has become a model of sustainable infrastructure. They’re saving money and resources, while fulfilling the EPA consent decree, reports George Hawkins.
Green Infrastructure Boosts Property Values: Wisconsin study indicates that rainwater management features have economic benefits
“The green infrastructure features (that the research team) studied were those that manage stormwater runoff, such as greenways, rain gardens, wetlands, bioretention facilities, porous pavement and other landscaping elements,” wrote Lisa Kaiser.