If you’ve heard of Dockside Green before it might be because the 15-acre, harbor-front development is the largest development of city land — when completed it will include 26 buildings and house 2,600 residents — in the history of B.C.’s capital city.
Or perhaps it’s because the greenhouse gas-neutral development located on a once-contaminated industrial site offers a smattering of unique amenities that follow a model for “holistic, closed-loop design": an onsite wastewater recycling plant, rooftop wind turbines, a biomass heat generator, and a whole lot of sensible transportation options (biking and walking trails galore, commuter ferries, car share programs, etc) just to name a few.
Ring a bell? If not, head on over to the New York Times to read more about this remarkable urban revitalization project in a scenic but rather subdued city that's perhaps better known for its Miniature Museum and afternoon tea at a historic hotel and not groundbreaking green building projects. As Deborah Day, Victoria's director of planing, tells the Times, the project has given the city "a bit of a morale boost."
Also be sure to take a gander at Dockside Green’s comprehensive website that details all of the development’s sustainable features. British Columbians: Have you had a chance to check out Dockside Green in the flesh yet?
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