Built Environments

The built environment includes the human-made, physical characteristics that provide the setting for human activities – where people live, work, learn and play. Healthy built environments are the product of good planning practices. Whether rural, urban, or suburban communities, healthy built environments are places that are designed to support good health for all.

A 2016 Fraser Basin Council report, Showcasing Successful Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Lessons from Implementation profiles successful implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in Metro Vancouver and Victoria across three urban land use types: streetscapes, residential communities, and institutional sites. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an alternative approach that includes a network of decentralized infrastructure to capture, detain and infiltrate rainwater as close as possible to where it falls.

Jun 24 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Presented by UBC School of Population and Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, taught by Mark Nieuwenhuijsen.

This study includes a literature review and approach that may be useful for other rural regions that are asking themselves "How can we get there (accessible affordable transportation for all) from here"?

- Alberni Clayoquot Regional District

CMHC offers numerous resources about building and design, green building, affordable and accessible housing development.

- Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

This link to the University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute takes you to Housing related papers: from a review of Cottage Country housing issues in Norman Lake, to an Economic Development Framework for Interpreting Housing Markets in Small Towns in Canada.

- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

A new publication by the Public Health Agency of Canada is a fantastic tool to help build and evalute age-friendly healthy built environments. 

Find it here

The Healthy Built Environment Alliance (HBEA) is a voluntary alliance of organizations from a wide variety of sectors across BC which provides leadership and action for healthier, more livable communities. The purpose of HBEA is to:

New resources on the healthy built environment are now available! 

The collection is harvested from a series of learning opportunities for health professionals on the healthy built environment that took place between 2015 and 2016. The learning events were initiated by the Healthy Built Environment Alliance, funded by the Real Estate Foundation,and supported by the PlanH program as well as all of BC’s health authorities.

Nov 25 2015 - 1:00pm to Nov 26 2015 - 4:45pm

Host: Vancouver Coastal Health and the District of North Vancouver

Location: Parkgate Community Centre, Noth Vancouver

Contact: Annie Mauboules at (604) 990-2454, mauboulesa@dnv.org or Erin Black at 604 904 6460, Erin.Black@vch.ca 

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