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Developing Planning, Land Use and Zoning Policies Through an Energy Lens (LUL361B)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Doug Pollard  
  • Conference Date
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Aired Time
  • 1:00 pm ET - 12:00 pm CT - 11:00 am MT - 10:00 am PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Build Your Zoning and Land Use Plans Based on a Foundation Informed By Energy Plans

As every aspect of community behavior  has an energy component, much can be done during the planning processes to reduce consumption, improve production, distribution & energy sharing, identify opportunities to recapture wasted or overlooked energy sources and improve resilience to climatic and external events and pressures. Since traditional energy sources are diminishing in supply, usually increasing in price and are repeatedly considered environmentally damaging, many communities have not only switched their energy sources but have also began to build their zoning and land use plans on a foundation informed by energy plans.

Energy planning often facilitates the cost effective recovery of previously wasted and/or damaging energy sources (such as methane from municipal dump sites and heat from sewage systems and incineration). Planning also facilitates energy sharing through careful analysis of various land uses and their energy usage patterns, identifies and quantifies green energy sources such as ground source heating and cooling, solar and wind energy with the result that the potential to lower operational costs and raise air and water quality is identified before planning decisions are frozen.

Well-illustrated with numerous examples of new development and community renewal projects from North America and Europe, this webinar by expert speaker Doug Pollard will explore the basic structure of an energy plan, its relationship to land use and zoning, identify opportunities for long term cost savings and the potential role of green buildings as community infrastructure. The session will also discuss costs and cost savings, energy sharing possibilities and demonstrate how all of these possibilities can be integrated into an efficient, environmentally positive and resilient community energy system. This webinar embodies a number of real life examples and case studies from many communities along with considerable relevant background research. It presents a number of globally tested ideas, projects and programs which can both inspire and inform local situations as well as guide planning and legislation towards more successful and sustainable results.

Session Highlights:

  • The often unrecognized and damaging impacts energy production, distribution and usage can have on a community and its economic and environmental profile.
  • Learn how to develop an effective energy plan and how to effectively integrate it into an overall community plan, especially a sustainable community plan.
  • The critical differences and cost benefits of an integrated energy plan as compared to a traditional energy plan.
  • Illustrating how other communities have identified and utilized a wide range of new, environmentally beneficial and cost-effective energy sources in order to lower their costs, improve their quality of life and increase their resilience to global price shocks and supply.
  • Several insights into lowering energy demand and educating a community in regards to energy usage.
  • The potential relationships between zoning, land use and building energy performance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to develop an effective energy plan including who should be involved and how it should relate to all other aspects of a sustainable community plan.
  • Acquire insight into how innovative relationships between industrial, institutional civic and residential uses have been developed to benefit a community.
  • Understand some of the innovative win-win private public financing and operating partnerships which have been developed to recapture lost energy and produce and distribute energy from new sources.
  • Recognize the significance that legislating building form, performance and placement can have upon community energy usage and how buildings can be assigned roles in an overall community energy system.
  • Tips on encouraging reduced energy demand on the part of consumers (private individuals, commerce and industry).
  • How to educate the market regards to the benefits to themselves and their community of reduced usage and programs which have been developed to illustrate the benefits and feasibility of newer approaches.
  • Get introduced to international examples of communities operating largely or totally on local renewable energy sources.

Who Should Attend

  • Municipal planners
  • Land use and transportation planners
  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Municipal and state politicians
  • Municipal employees (works, parks, water, transportation departments. etc.)
  • Energy supply company representatives
  • Energy utility staff
  • Environmental consultants
  • Cost consultants
  • Waste management company representatives

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About the Presenter(s):

Doug operated his own architectural practices for 25 years in Toronto, Ontario, before joining CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) as a senior researcher in sustainable community planning in 1998.

In that role and later as senior analyst in the CMHC International division he managed a number of sustainable planning research projects including the development of a costing tool for planners, delivered numerous related seminars and workshops to local, national and international forums, organized, facilitated and reported on design charrettes in every region of Canada as well as abroad and developed educational and training materials for Canadian, American and International forums.


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