1 Resources | West Coast Environmental Law



Agricultural Land Protection

Protecting the Working Landscape of Agriculture: A Smart Growth Direction for Municipalities in BC (West Coast Environmental Law publication, PDF 725 Kb)

Brownfields & Materials Re-Use

B.C. Brownfield Renewal Strategy (BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Crown Land Restoration Branch)

BC Industrial Materials Exchange

Brownfield Source

Recycling Council of British Columbia

Case Studies

Affordability and Choice Today, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

New Models for Commercial and Industrial Development


Affordable Housing Design Advisor

Project for Public Spaces

Urban Advantage

Energy Efficiency

Community Action on Energy and Emissions Initiative

Community Energy Association

Energy Efficiency & Buildings. A Resource for BC's Local Governments (Community Action on Energy and Emissions, 2007, PDF)

Green Infrastructure

Best Management Practices – Land Development


The Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories (West Coast Environmental Law publication)

Green Infrastructure Community of Interest (www.waterbucket.ca)

Low Impact Development Center

National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure

Stewardship Canada

Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia

Water Balance Model


Heritage BC (Heritage Society of British Columbia)

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

High Performance or Green Buildings

Advanced Buildings Technologies and Practices

BC Industrial Materials Exchange

Better Buildings for Greater Vancouver

Building Technologies Program

Canada Green Building Council

Cascadia Region Green Building Council

Green Buildings BC Case Studies

Green Buildings Guide (West Coast Environmental Law publication)

GVRD BuildSmart Program

Light House Sustainable Building Centre

US Green Building Council


BC Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

Local Government Awards for Sustainability or Liveability

FCM-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards

Livcom Awards (International Awards for Liveable Communities)

Local Government Programs

Bay Area Smart Growth Strategy

City of Austin, Smart Growth Initiative

City of Seattle – Environment Programs

The Natural Step to a Sustainable Canmore

Sustainable Dawson Creek - Planning for People

Sustainable Okotoks

Whistler 2020

Local Government Information

CivicInfo BC

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Local Government Commission

Local Government Statistics

The Land Centre

New Urbanism

New Urbanism


CivicInfo BC

Planners Network

Smart Growth Network


Basic Resources for City and Regional Planning

Building Better Communities


James Taylor Chair in Landscapes and Livable Environments UBC

This View of Density


Recycling Council of British Columbia


Brookings Institute Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy

Lincoln Institute of Land Use Policy

Royal Roads University Sustainable Community Development (Research Program)

Urban Land Institute

Smart Growth Organizations

1000 Friends of Oregon

Institute for Local Self Governance

International Downtown Association

New Rural Economy

New Schools Better Neighbourhoods

Ontario Smart Growth Network

National Resources Defense Council

Rocky Mountain Institute

Smart Growth BC

Smart Growth America

Smart Growth Network

Sustainable Communities Network

West Coast Environmental Law


Better Environmentally Sound Transportation

Car Free

Innovative Transportation Technologies

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Centre

Reconnecting America

Surface Transportation Project

Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Walkable Communities Inc.

Wheel Deal: Canada's Urban Bike Policies (CBC News Interactive)