Promising Practices: Businesses – Windmill to turn former industrial lands into eco-neighborhood

Ecology Ottawa, on behalf of the Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario, is engaged in province-wide research on emerging promising practices related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. A 37 acre shoreline area of the National Capital Region is about to improve dramatically thanks to Windmill Developments’ plan to revitalize old lands there, previously used for industrial purposes, into "a 21st Century eco-neighborhood". A sampling of Windmill's development intentions is impressive:

  • carbon neutrality from operations;
  • increased biological diversity;
  • on-site stormwater management;
  • 90% Walkscore for all homes upon completion;
  • exemplary indoor air quality throughout the built environment;
  • 12% of the master planned area dedicated to public space;
  • an attractive, safe and cohesive pedestrian and cycle network linking the entire development; and
  • a seamless and exemplary public transit system.
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