Union of British Columbia Municipalities
For the first time, B.C. local governments have a permanent home within walking distance of the Legislature to support UBCM’s work on behalf of B.C. communities.
The province donated the land at 525 Government St. to recognize UBCM’s service on behalf of B.C. communities for over a century.
The new facility meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards and was built using B.C. products, including pine beetle-enhanced wood.
Local Government House also incorporates an advanced rainwater management system that includes a green roof, a 16,000-litre cistern and rain garden that will filter and reuse nearly 100 percent of the site’s rainwater.
Working in Concert with the Environment:
Minister of Community and Rural Development Bill Bennett, UBCM President Robert Hobson, Premier Gordon Campbell and UBCM Executive Director Emeritus Richard Taylor tour the “green roof” of the new Local Government House during opening ceremonies in Victoria in July 2009. To view a video of the event, click here.
“British Columbia has defined itself as a place that…works in concert with the environment, not against the environment….not to take away from the environment, but to give back to the environment. All those things start at the local government level,” stated Premier Campbell.
With offices in Richmond and Victoria, UBCM advocates on matters of legislative concern for local governments and provides a variety of services to its members, including the administration of funding programs. Every local government in British Columbia is a member of UBCM.
Posted October 2009