Joint CITE / PIBC Lunch & Learn
April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
Dockside Green – The Story of the Most Sustainable Development in the World
Dockside Green is a 15-acre redevelopment located in Victoria, British Columbia that achieved the highest sustainability rating in the world under the LEEDTM green building rating system in 2008 and again in 2009.
Kim Fowler, RPP, MCIP, the original visionary and project manager, has written a book on the 18-year project history. She has owned a condo there since 2009 and sat on the Strata Council. The book details the project management process that attracted and rewarded a sustainable developer partnered with a municipality and the multi-year development and operation. Chapters include a case history, sustainable use, design, infrastructure, and the importance of community place and connection. Successes, failures, stories, and lessons to share are discussed throughout the book. The project contained many innovations, including:
- An 80% reduction in water use, 80% wastewater reuse on-site & 20% energy cost
- An on-site wastewater treatment system that almost meets Canadian Drinking Water standards
- A district biomass gasification plant providing all heat and hot water
- Cycling, walking, and mass transit as the main transportation forms with TransCanada Trail connection
- Over $5 million in community amenities
- Use of New Urbanism, Business case, ‘Sandbox’ Development Concept (versus a zoning straitjacket), and Triple Bottom Line assessment.
Kim Fowler has over 25 years’ experience working as a planner and sustainability expert with local government, including:
- Designing the City of Port Coquitlam’s Sustainability Initiative
- Converting two bankrupted hotels into integrated housing for the City of Victoria
- Implementing the Waterfront Area Plan for the Town of Ladysmith.