Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Green Building and Development as a Public Good

by Michael Buzzelli

Governments in Canada are attempting to respond to the challenge of global warming and to the expectation Canadians hold for a healthy economy and enhanced quality of life.  Actions include energy conservation, the introduction of a carbon tax (British Columbia) and the possibility of carbon cap and trade legislation (or agreements among some provinces).  An area of increasing attention is how we develop communities and build and use residential and commercial buildings.

In Green Building and Development as a Public Good, Mike Buzzelli argues that green building and development faces a classic policy paradox:  we collectively agree that improvements are needed in the built environment but we are caught in a whirlwind of information and debate about how to move forward.  We are motivated to "be green" but challenged by implementation.

Release Date: 11 Jun 2009
Number of pages: 10
Document number: 51433