Webinar: UniverCity: A Model Sustainable Community in the Making
Part 2 of GMF's new Innovation Webinar Series
Thursday, November 10, 2011
UniverCity is a compact, mixed-use residential community at B.C.'s Simon Fraser University that began in 1995 as a forward-thinking collaboration between various institutional and municipal partners. Winner of an FCM Sustainable Communities Award in 2011, this integrated neighbourhood development is now home to 3,000 residents and aims to be a model sustainable community.
The community boasts a suite of green features including sustainable transportation networks, green building requirements and affordable housing options, and an integrated stormwater management strategy. A district energy utility and a "living building" childcare facility are also in the works.
Speakers highlighted the community's innovative features and environmental benefits, the challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way, and the factors that helped them to integrate sustainability and environmental innovation into the project.
- Dale Mikkelsen, director of development, SFU Community Trust
- Lee Gavel, chief facilities officer and university architect, Simon Fraser University
- Robert Renger, senior planner, City of Burnaby, BC