Waterfront Toronto's Lower Don Lands Wins International Best Futuristic Design Award



    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Waterfront Toronto's Lower Don Lands plans have
received the 'Best Futuristic Design Award' in one of the world's leading
sustainability focused development industry design competitions.
    The Keating Channel Precinct, the Lower Don Lands' first planned
community, was recognized in Hamburg Germany at the Building Exchange (BEX)
Conference.
    The fifth annual BEX International Awards, held in partnership with the
World Green Building Council, promote global standards for environmentally
sound buildings, large-scale developments and infrastructure. Judged by a
panel of leading experts, the awards celebrate sustainability, innovation,
efficiency and collaboration in the built environment and demonstrate
consideration of the issues surrounding climate change, sustainable
communities and future legacies. Previous winners include WS Atkins (Bahrain
World Trade Centre), Birmingham City Council (Big City Plan) and Aldar
Properties (Aldar HQ).
    "This award emphasizes the importance of investing in sustainable
communities to help reduce carbon emissions, prioritize transit as a mode of
transportation, and improve energy efficiency," said John Campbell, President
and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. "It is an honour for Waterfront Toronto to be
recognized for its commitment to world class sustainable city building."
    The first community to be developed in the Lower Don Lands, the Keating
Channel neighbourhood is the area that runs from East Bayfront to the Don
River and from the West Don Lands to Villers Street. The community is designed
to optimize the climatic effects from sun and wind and to incorporate
strategies for water re-use and leading edge information technology to support
sustainable living and working.
    Waterfront Toronto is planning to transform the Lower Don Lands, a
125-hectare (308-acres) industrial area located south of the rail corridor in
the east end of Toronto's harbour, into new parks and communities. Plans for
the area include re-naturalizing the Don River mouth, re-routing it to provide
flood protection for the area, and the creation of wetland and natural green
spaces. The river will be the centerpiece of new mixed-use sustainable
communities.
    The Lower Don Lands was recently named as one of 16 founding global
projects of the newly launched Climate + Development Program, a partnership
between the Clinton Climate Initiative and the US Green Building Council.
    The Program will support the planning and implementation process for each
real estate development and establish the standards and metrics by which the
sites can measure climate positive outcomes. Along with the other projects,
the Lower Don Lands will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below zero
by implementing economically viable innovations in the generation of clean
energy.
    For a video outlining new development plans for Waterfront Toronto's
Lower Don Lands log on to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEQiNXXgu4g.
    The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto
created Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable development,
economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key drivers of
waterfront revitalization.





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For further information: Media Contact: Sheri DeCarlo, Waterfront
Toronto, (416) 214-1344 x 279 or sdecarlo@waterfrontoronto.ca


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