Gallery: Olympic Athlete’s Village: Greenest Neighborhood in the World


The 2010 Vancouver Olympics has yet another feather to add to their cap – they now have the greenest neighborhood in the world. Yesterday, Millennium Waters, the Olympic Athlete’s Village located on Southeast False Creek across from the BC Place Stadium, received LEED Platinum Certification for the entire neighborhood as well as LEED Gold status for all of the buildings included. Millennium Water is only the second neighborhood to receive LEED Platinum status, with the first being Dockside Green in Victoria, British Columbia. With super energy efficient residential units, close proximity to the city center, a renewable energy heating system and a net zero energy building, this village is sure make other eco-developments green with envy.

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  2. b5baxter May 9, 2010 at 12:09 am

    SE False Creek is an important project and I think the city should get a lot of credit for what they did there.

    But what criteria is the “greenest neighbourhood on earth” claim based on. Is there some objective measurement this is based on? What about other neighbourhoods?

    Take for example Vauban, Freiburg, Germany…

    Vauban is completely car-free. SE FC is not.

    Vauban has 100 units that meet Passivhaus standards. SE FC has zero (Passivhaus is a much higher standard than LEED).

    All units in Vauban meet the low energy standard of 65 kWh/m2. SE FC ?? (probably not that low).

    Vauban has municipal composting of food waste. SE FC – not yet.

    Vauban has an organic food coop. SE FC – you might find some in Urban Fare.

    Vauban has a working urban farm. SE FC has planned for a “demonstration” community garden.

    Vauban has a efficient district heating system using bio-fuels. SE FC also has a highly efficient district heating system but still uses some natural gas (probably a higher ghg footprint).

    Vanuban has onsite electrical generation (co-gen plants and photovoltaics). SE FC has none.

  3. Carol Andrews February 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    It is with great honour to acknowledge that our son, Jody L. Andrews P.N.G. for the city of Vancouver created his professional dream to make this a world class showcase for future generations to follow by example. Could his past employer’s,humble themselves to give credit where credit is certainly due????

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