The newly-constructed Vancouver neighbourhood housing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches during the 2010 Games now has a new distinction to add to its resume: the world’s greenest.
The Olympic Village in Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek was awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Tuesday, certifying it as the greenest, most energy efficient and sustainable neighbourhood on Earth.
“This should be a source of pride for residents and an example to the rest of the world,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press conference.
“[This] is a big feather in our cap, as we move towards our goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.”
The distinction is awarded based on a myriad of factors, including proximity to the downtown core, mixed residential and commercial use, affordable housing, green and energy efficient buildings and habitat restoration. Read More