Mark Roseland’s new book: Toward Sustainable Communities

June 6, 2012 at 6:59 am Leave a comment

Gordon Harris, CEO of UniverCity, writes:

I want to draw your attention to a new book written by one of the world’s foremost authorities on sustainable urban planning,  SFU Professor Mark Roseland. In the newest edition of his classic text: Toward Sustainable Communities, which 20 years ago revolutionized the global conversation about environmentally sensitive community planning, Mark uses UniverCity as an exemplary case study. Mark has been a member of our Board of Directors since the Trust’s inception and his leadership in sustainability inspires us all.
[Mark also is also helps direct the City Program’s Sustainable Community Development Certificate program.]

Having rewritten his landmark text on the topic, he offers a host of UniverCity examples among what he describes as the kinds of proven, adaptable initiatives already making communities of all sizes more sustainable. For example, he writes about:

• UniverCity’s green building bylaw, which requires all buildings to outperform the model national building code energy regulations by 30 per cent;

• The new UniverCity Childcare Centre, a net zero-footprint building that actually generates more energy than it consumes and collects or recycles more water than it uses. Jason McLennan, author of the “Living Building Challenge,” has called it “the greenest childcare on the planet.”

• A stormwater management system that fully protects the quality and quantity of water that feeds into the salmon streams flowing from UniverCity’s Burnaby Mountain location.

We are certain that Mark’s new text will remain the preeminent guide for everyone who is working to make the world’s cities more sustainable.

Gordon Harris


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