Solar and geothermal energy will be considered when the last piece of undeveloped waterfront in Vancouver’s downtown is developed.VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CA, 2001-09-10 [SolarAccess.com] Funding of $70,000 will guarantee that alternative energy sources will be integrated into the sustainable development plans for the Southeast False Creek project. “This will be a community-led effort to make Southeast False Creek greener, healthier and more energy-efficient,” says provincial Community Development minister Jenny Kwan. “This kind of creative planning is crucial to building environmentally sustainable communities.” The project will be a mix of residential, community and commercial uses, with a population of 10,000. Funding for the alternative energy sources will come from the provincial ‘Greening Communities’ program. The City of Vancouver will identify options for integrating renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the draft official development plan. A project working group will seek public input and educate the community about energy options by setting up a public outreach office in the area, while a community organization will hold a public workshop for design and planning professionals to review the draft official development plan. “This project will promote strategies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve the environment,” explains provincial environment minister Ian Waddell. “It will also serve as a useful model for sustainable development.” “This land is the last piece of undeveloped waterfront in downtown Vancouver, and it has great potential to become a model, energy-efficient community,” adds city planner Alan Duncan. Greening Communities is a new C$2.5 million program to fund community activities that address climate change, including climate change workshops, demonstration projects and local environmental outreach. It is part of the provincial government’s climate change business plan, a three-year, $13.4 million strategy for reducing B.C.’s GHG emissions and helping residents to manage energy costs.