Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

Lake Country will be installing a micro hydro turbine for the Hydroelectric Generation Project. The project isexpected to be operating by the spring of 2009. / UBCM.To address infrastructure emissions, governments can take action on infrastructure design and operations (generally under more direct government control); they can also take action to manage community demand, reducing infrastructure emissions and costs, as well as contributing to community sustainability.

Water Supply and Wastewater Management | Solid Waste Management | Energy Systems and Lighting

All Systems

Implementing new or modified approaches to infrastructure planning, design, construction and operation can result in more efficient, cost effective and sustainable infrastructure – ideally doing “more with less”.

The solutions in this section can potentially apply to all infrastructure systems, helping to drive more specific actions for each type of infrastructure – water supply, wastewater, solid waste, energy systems and lighting.

Plans

  • Official Community Plan: The OCP sets out key climate goals and targets for a community, and as well as sets directions for energy and resource usage that will influence infrastructure-related emissions.
  • Regional Growth Strategy: The RGS can shape growth and land use across a region, influencing future infrastructure-related emissions.
  • Integrated Resource Recovery: Focuses on an integrated, closed loop approach to planning and managing community infrastructure to maximize recovery of value from waste resources

Policies

  • Green infrastructure policy: incorporate emissions-related objectives and targets into policies such as purchasing policy
  • Subdivision, Development and Servicing Bylaws and Standards: right-size systems and incorporate current best practices such as standards for roads, water supply, stormwater, and wastewater infrastructure

Processes

  • Infrastructure design & engineering: design for energy efficiency and reduced emissions
  • Inventories: Establish an energy and emissions baseline and monitoring process
  • Analysis & accounting: use Triple Bottom Line (TBL) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) to evaluate new infrastructure projects

Projects

  • Ecosystems: incorporate ecosystems into infrastructure

Water Supply and Wastewater Management

By installing a solar powered circulator (SolarBee), the District of Elkford no longer needs to add chemicals to its liquid waste sewage lagoons, reducing maintenance costs and all hydro costs. / District of Elkford.Water supply and wastewater management (including wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater management) systems often account for a significant portion of government operations energy consumption, as well as capital and operating costs. Optimizing design and operation, as well as changing demand patterns, can reduce government energy consumption, emissions and costs.

Plans

Policies

  • Subdivision, Development and Servicing Bylaws and Standards: right-size systems; incorporate current best practices for water supply, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure

Processes

  • Asset management: minimize leakage and sewer infiltration and inflow through effective monitoring, maintenance and upgrading of systems

Projects

  • Water conservation: implement water demand management in both government operations and the community - saving water, energy and money at the water and wastewater treatment plants and within the community
  • Water management committee or task force: create a task force of knowledgeable stakeholders to work together to create a sustainable (and low emissions) water management strategy

Solid Waste Management

Though emissions associated with landfills are not included within the Carbon Neutral Local framework, addressing solid waste emissions can reduce real emissions from operations (e.g. waste management fleets and facilities), and the community (e.g. upstream manufacturing emissions).

Plans

Policies

  • Waste diversion targets: set short, medium and long term waste diversion and disposal targets for the community that will impact both community and government infrastructure emissions

Projects

The Hartland Landfill Green Power Project converts landfill gas to electricity, producing 12,274 megawatthours of electricity per year. Capital Regional District.;

  • Organics management: keep organics, especially readily-degradable organics (e.g. food waste), out of the landfill, through composting, education and other initiatives
  • Recycling and waste reduction: divert recyclable resources from the landfill, through initiatives that include education packages and industry programs such as construction waste management
  • Landfill gas: capture and utilize landfill gas to displace fossil fuels
  • Education packages: create a package of information or a communications campaign to educate homeowners and businesses on ways to recycle and reduce waste.

Energy Systems and Lighting

Emissions associated with government and community buildings can be addressed through creation of efficient and/or renewable energy infrastructure systems. Historically, energy supply systems are not usually part of local government operations, but opportunities are emerging in district systems and renewable sources.

Plans

  • Community Energy Plan: make plans and develop strategies for energy infrastructure within a broader energy and emissions plan. The CEA created a Community Energy and Emissions Planning guide which describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one.

Projects

  • Street lighting: retrofit existing systems and design new street lighting systems with efficient, low maintenance light sources
  • Renewables: explore alternative and renewable energy sources and partnerships
  • District energy: implement district energy systems that can serve community and potentially civic buildings