Sustainability Plaza wins international planning excellence award

An Edmonton community has walked away with one of the world’s most highly regarded sustainability awards.

The Hills at Charlesworth, developed by Beaverbrook Communities in association with Stantec Consulting Ltd., has won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s International Award for Planning Excellence for its Sustainability Plaza.

Edmonton beat out entrants from around the world including projects in China, Dubai and India. There were seven other finalists in the planning excellence category.

“This award speaks to the creativity and vision that resides in our city and region,” said Jodie Wacko, president of Beaverbrook Communities. “Working with Edmonton-based consulting and design firm Stantec, we were able to push the boundaries of what a park/plaza could be. This concept was quickly embraced by the city of Edmonton and council. We are very grateful for the city’s support and belief in us and our project.”

The marquee feature of this southeast Edmonton neighbourhood, the Sustainability Plaza is front and centre at the Hills. It’s an eco-friendly recreation hub that serves as a central focal point and gathering place for the community and sets the tone for the subdivision. It incorporates green living concepts into the design, such as solar and wind powered hybrid lights, solar powered wi-fi, a solar powered playground, repurposed sea-can containers in its construction, and has a 200-metre ice ribbon for winter ice skating.

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