Sustainability goes beyond green

September 21, 2015

I am always interested in projects that take a broad view of sustainability because it not only means healthier and more vibrant communities, it promotes more creative thinking.

Blatchford is being billed by Edmonton as the world’s largest sustainable community.  The vision for the 217-hectare site will take 20 to 30 years to build and will house 30,000 people.  The goal is for the new community to be carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy – and it is acknowledged this will take time.

There is lots of innovation happening in the design of this new community including a low-carbon district energy system to heat homes and buildings, in part using heat captured from the sanitary sewer system.

Having watched how disruptive advancing district energy is to the status quo and the resistance that can prevail, it is exciting to see a city get it and take the long view on city building.