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Green Communities Guide Reboot

Posted July 15, 2020 by LSC

Originally published in 2009, the Green Communities Guide (GCG) has resonated deeply with municipalities and the stewardship community across Alberta and beyond over the years. Municipalities continue to utilize fundamentals from the original GCG to guide their sustainability and land-use planning efforts.

To ensure this important resource addresses current needs and demands, we sought and received funding support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation to update the GCG, with a refreshed focus on nature-based solutions and new methods of delivery including a digital narrative and online format. Work will begin on the project this summer and we expect to make it available online in early 2022.

New, Updated, Timely

This new and updated resource will present audiences with nature-based climate solutions that promote and support sustainable development and conservation of valuable natural resources. Available electronically, the new publication will be readily accessible to Realtors, municipalities, land-use planners, community groups and developers across Alberta, to help plan and implement strategies to conserve valuable natural assets as communities develop and expand.

Incorporating Nature-Based Solutions

With a focus on nature-based solutions, the updated GCG will convey knowledge that helps to advance development solutions that offer climate, biodiversity and other mutual benefits for people and nature. Some of the anthropogenic examples and case studies in the current GCG will be replaced with examples that focus on the natural aspects of green communities. Additionally, the updated version will look more deeply into nature-based solutions for urban communities and link these types of infrastructure with societal benefits, climate change adaptation and the municipal role in delivering and supporting ecosystem services.

Supporting Community Resiliency

This revised focus on utilizing nature-based solutions to support community resiliency is a key and emerging need among developers and municipalities given the issues associated with global climate change. And considering the current global pandemic, building community sustainability and resiliency is more critical now than ever.

Share Your Ideas, Experiences

Have ideas, experiences or case study examples you think would be a good fit for the new GCG? Contact us.

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