Zero Carbon Sustainable Community
Carbon Busters is excited to work on the design and development of The Willows, the first ever Carbon Busters® village, a zero carbon sustainable community in Leduc County just outside the City of Edmonton. The intent is to design and develop a pilot sustainable community with a zero carbon environmental impact that will showcase innovative green systems for water, grey water, waste treatment, power generation and green living practices with a focus on research and education for sustainable development. A number of design charrettes have been held and more are planned for the coming months with the goal of achieving best practice for the village .
Carbon Busters is a member of the Provincial Working Group for the Education for Sustainable Development (albertaesd.ca) creating a vision for Alberta as part of the UN Decade for Sustainability. In our efforts to connect with Albertans, the Alberta ESD Working Group has sent out invitations to bring together members from social justice groups, business leaders from social enterprises, and environmental educators from formal, informal and non-formal sectors of the community. The visioning process has resulted in the design and development of a number of innovative projects including a sustainable school and a Centre for Learning as components of a sustainable community.
Details of the project will be announced once we have confirmation from all our stakeholders at the county and provincial levels.
Planner/Designers for the project, Godo Stoyke and Shanthu Mano, are in the process of bringing together a number of experts to make this project a success.
The initial information session on this innovative project was held on November 18, 2008 at the Telus World of Science with almost 300 people attending. (See original invitation.) A second information session hosted by the Young Environmental Professionals was held at Remedy Cafe on Dec. 10, 2008. An additional information session was held on Jan. 20 in Camrose (see invitation).
The plant-off on June 27 was a great success. Over 100 trees were planted at The Willows and a good time was had by all. For details see the advert.
On Sept. 11 the food charrette and public information session were held in Nisku. See the invitation for details.
Carbon Busters is preparing sustainable school and bylaw charrettes for 2011.