On June 10th, 2008, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved the adoption of the EcoDensity Charter
and became the leader in North America for green building policy.
Effective immediately, all new re-zonings for development in Vancouver will be required to achieve or exceed the level of LEED Silver, and they will have to achieve LEED Gold on January 1st, 2010.
The City's larger goal is a carbon-neutral city by 2030 and our track record is already pretty good. For example we have already met our transportation mode-share goals for 2021. Another milestone is the introduction of British Columbia's Carbon Tax on July 1st of this year.
The City of Vancouver already had a green building requirement for its new City-owned buildings but the EcoDensity Charter is much, much broader in its scope because it applies to privately-owned developments, which make up virtually the entire building industry.
A quick backgrounder on the adoption of EcoDensity by Council on June 10th.
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Media briefing PowerPoint