To celebrate Zibi’s first One Planet Annual Review, we had a chat with Ashley Graham, Sustainability Project Manager at the community, to learn more about how it’s bringing One Planet Living to life
Zibi, which means ‘river’ in the Algonquin language, is a waterfront area located next to downtown Ottawa and its neighbouring city of Gatineau, overlooking both the Ottawa River and Chaudière Falls.
Redeveloped from industrial brownfield land once dominated by a paper mill, the 37-acre site will include commercial and retail properties, condominium developments, a hotel, waterfront parks and open spaces and a network of pedestrian and cycling paths.
Over three million square feet of development is planned on a site which covers two river islands between Ottawa and Gatineau and land in Gatineau.
Developers Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp, working with Bioregional, have used the 10 principles of the One Planet Living framework to help guide sustainability and eco-friendly planning for Zibi. A sustainability action plan based on the principles was endorsed in May 2015.
The first residents are due to move in at the end of 2018.
An Advisory Council on Integrity has been set up by the Algonquin-Anishinabe, to ensure the integrity and appropriateness of the Zibi development on issues of First Nations culture, heritage and socio-economics.
Land and nature
On track to remediate 100% of the land to benefit local wildlife
Travel and transport
10% of parking spaces have electric vehicle charging points - later phases are aiming for 20%
Zero carbon energy
On track to achieve its zero carbon ambitions