University District has the potential to set a new gold standard as an environmentally sustainable community in Alberta. The scale and nature of the project presents a rare and exciting opportunity—and a great responsibility to ensure that it's developed for the needs of both current and future generations.
That's why the strategy behind University District incorporates leading-edge ideas to determine how the community will power itself, manage water and treat the land, with environmental sustainability a cornerstone of development over the next 20 years.
An eco-friendly design is a cornerstone of University District. From making use of the natural features of the area, to creating a "green spine" that connects the neighbourhoods, parks and pathways to the pristine beauty of the nearby Bow River, it's a community that will be designed to provide a green and vibrant lifestyle.
The site drainage area currently utilizes the stormwater management facility that was constructed by the University of Calgary in 2002. A new naturalized wetland will also control overland drainage and reduce the dependence on the existing stormwater infrastructure within the area.
Buildings will be required to meet energy and water targets for efficiency. A comprehensive Erosion and Sediment Control Plan will also be conducted for the development before construction begins to ensure minimal environmental impact on the surroundings.
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.
University District has already achieved LEED-ND Certification. The certification is one of the highest international ratings for sustainable neighbourhood design.