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Workshop: Vibrant Communities Start with Green ― Canada’s Leading Brownfield Projects and Sustainable Infrastructure

October 4-5, 2012

Session summary

In today's world of government austerity and scarce resources, municipalities must now more than ever make sound, long-term infrastructure investments that protect the environment, improve quality of life, and are good for the bottom line.

Presented at the 2012 Canadian Urban Institute Making Great Places Conference, this session showcased leading brownfield redevelopment projects that resulted in sustainable infrastructure, from district energy systems and green buildings to vibrant public spaces and sustainable neighbourhoods.

Lorrie Williams discussed how New Westminster reclaimed and remediated its contaminated waterfront and catalyzed downtown revitalization by creating the award-winning Westminster Pier Park.

David Finbow explained why the town chose to locate its new, energy-efficient town hall on a former brownfield site, using a sustainable remediation approach over "dig and dump."

Mark Hartman talked about how the city transformed derelict, underused lots into the beautiful, model sustainable community of Southeast False Creek.

Alex Speigel presented The Currents, an innovative mixed-use brownfield redevelopment project supported by a City of Ottawa site-specific bylaw to allow for extra density and tax-increment financing.

These projects — many funded by FCM's Green Municipal Fund — offer real-life examples of the many benefits that municipalities gain when they make sustainability a priority in their infrastructure investments.



Q: What recommendations do you have for municipalities who are facing resistance from the community to undertake a brownfield project due to the high costs? Watch responses from: 

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