As every aspect of community behavior has an energy component, much can be done during the planning processes to reduce consumption, improve production, distribution & energy sharing, identify opportunities to recapture wasted or overlooked energy sources and improve resilience to climatic and external events and pressures. Since traditional energy sources are diminishing in supply, usually increasing in price and are repeatedly considered environmentally damaging, many communities have not only switched their energy sources but have also began to build their zoning and land use plans on a foundation informed by energy plans.
Energy planning often facilitates the cost effective recovery of previously wasted and/or damaging energy sources (such as methane from municipal dump sites and heat from sewage systems and incineration). Planning also facilitates energy sharing through careful analysis of various land uses and their energy usage patterns, identifies and quantifies green energy sources such as ground source heating and cooling, solar and wind energy with the result that the potential to lower operational costs and raise air and water quality is identified before planning decisions are frozen.
Well-illustrated with numerous examples of new development and community renewal projects from North America and Europe, this webinar by expert speaker Doug Pollard will explore the basic structure of an energy plan, its relationship to land use and zoning, identify opportunities for long term cost savings and the potential role of green buildings as community infrastructure. The session will also discuss costs and cost savings, energy sharing possibilities and demonstrate how all of these possibilities can be integrated into an efficient, environmentally positive and resilient community energy system. This webinar embodies a number of real life examples and case studies from many communities along with considerable relevant background research. It presents a number of globally tested ideas, projects and programs which can both inspire and inform local situations as well as guide planning and legislation towards more successful and sustainable results.
Who Should Attend
Doug operated his own architectural practices for 25 years in Toronto, Ontario, before joining CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) as a senior researcher in sustainable community planning in 1998. In that role and later as senior analyst in the CMHC International division he managed a number of sustainable p... More info