Cities are at the center of socio-political stirrings that impose changes. Responsible for the water and sewer networks, transport, energy production, urban planning, purchasing and public health policies, the cities are in the unique position to bring positive changes in the lives of city dwellers. The change needed to move towards sustainable development and a greener economy will pose some challenges that will depend on how we continue to build and manage our cities.
Today's Canadian municipalities are promoting their environmental programs through measures such as sustainable neighborhood planning, the adoption of financial mechanisms to encourage the construction of energy-efficient buildings, the application of regulations governing urbanization, as well as the conversion of more energy-efficient municipal fleets.
The City of Ottawa has made a lot of progress in many ways to become a greener city, but we can do more. As your Councillor, I will continue to advocate for and support initiatives that will make Ottawa an even greener city in the future, and I will work with my colleagues on the board to take advantage of all the environmental and socio-economic opportunities available to them. achieve it.
One of the main initiatives I will be proposing as a consultant will be a rezoning policy focused on green building. Proponents wishing to obtain new zoning for their sites, whether to increase the density or increase the height of the buildings, should, in addition to all the other benefits they are required to offer or restrictions they must meet, be required to build under the LEED Gold Standard. We will be able to increase the number of non-municipally certified green buildings in Ottawa. On the environmental front, we could expect the following repercussions: tightening standards for the construction of "green" buildings that will reduce greenhouse gases, energy consumption, drinking water consumption, drinking water runoff, the harmfulness of indoor air and the volume of waste generated by the building.