Sustainability

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Sustainability Is At Our Core

University District is a complete, sustainable neighbourhood that’s been certified LEED-ND Platinum; an international certification that recognizes the highest commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighbourhood Development.

U/D is the first community in Alberta and the largest in Canadian history to date, to earn this ranking. It’s our vision and commitment to follow Built Green guidelines and the LEED rating system to create an exceptional sustainable community. The time and dedication that went into earning the LEED-ND Platinum certification is reflected in how our Master Plan scored, proudly scoring the highest in the areas that meant the most to the vision for the community.

LEED-ND

LEED guidelines focus on creating smart, green, sustainable, and well-designed neighborhoods that encourage reduced auto dependence, housing + jobs proximity, mixed-use centres, walkable streets, and a variety of housing options.

 

Green Infrastructure

We’re setting the standard for what environmentally sustainable communities in Alberta look like. It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to work on a project of this size and nature—and a responsibility to ensure that it’s developed for the needs of both current and future generations. Green design and planning, stormwater management and integrated efficiencies and pollution prevention mark three of U/D’s many leading-edge ideas for how the community will power itself, manage water and treat the land, protecting both the existing environment and ensuring all future development is environmentally friendly.

Neighbourhood Design

We see community thriving through accessibility; not only how people get around, but their experience of belonging, creating connections, and contributing back to the community they call home. U/D is to be feet first and have forms of commuting available to our residents, visitors and employees who work in the area. We look to accommodate individuals of all ages and life-stages, and encourage aging-in-place; and positioned to offer proximity to diverse employment opportunities. University District is truly built by the community, for the community.

 

 

Smart Growth

We’re designed for growth, sustainably. Because our main financial aim is to support the University of Calgary in forwarding their academic mission with ongoing proceeds from the project, managing financial risk becomes a key element of our sustainability endeavours and of our Master Plan. It shows up in ensuring the community offerings complement resident needs; matching the right opportunities, at the right time, with the right buyers. And, in how we’re crafting a complete community; that our commercial tenants—and the visitors and residents they attract—thrive. Economic sustainability means creating opportunity for everyone to succeed in the long-term.

Together, sustainable building practices and comprehensive neighbourhood development are helping West Campus Development Trust create a forward thinking community.

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ACHIEVES LEED-ND CERTIFICATION

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 150 countries and this certification is one of the highest international ratings for sustainable neighbourhood design.

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Whether you’re the type of person who fully embraces holiday festivities or prefers a more low-key December, the season of giving is one that we can all participate in!

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