What can you do to make Pickering more sustainable?

construction workers working on a strawbale houseYou can help by becoming knowledgeable and asking for neighbourhoods, home construction and renovations that offer sustainable features.

Check out our list of resources below to help you become better informed about sustainability.

  1. Sustainable Neighbourhood Plan Best Practices Overview 
    A review of 10 innovative and sustainable developments across Canada.
  2. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
    CMHC encourages the improvement of housing and living conditions for all Canadians. Check out CMHC's Sustainable Community Planning site for examples of best practices in design and development, tools for planners and designers, practical tips for your home and to find out how to 'Choose a Neighbourhood with Sustainable Features'.
  3. New Urbanism 
    New Urbanism is an urban design movement that aims to reform new development, urban retrofits and suburban infill. New Urbanist neighbourhoods are walkable and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. 
  4. Green Building Council of Canada (CaGBC)
    CaGBC promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live, work and play by accelerating the adoption of green building principles, policies, practices, standards and tools. CaGBC also administers LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), a rating system for designing, constructing, operating and certifying the world's greenest buildings.
  5. Transit-Supportive Guidelines
    These guidelines, released by the Ministry of Transportation, are a distillation of transit-friendly land use planning, urban design and operational practices, drawing from experiences in Ontario, elsewhere in North America and abroad. Their aim is to assist urban planners, transit planners, developers and others, working in communities of all sizes, in creating an environment that is supportive of transit and developing services and programs to increase transit ridership.
  6. Low Impact Development Stormwater Management Planning and Design Guide 
    The guide, developed by TRCA and CVC, is a tool that provides information and direction to engineers, ecologists, landscape architects and planners in landscape-based stormwater management planning and in the selection, design, construction and monitoring of sustainable stormwater management practices such as green roofs and permeable pavement. 

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