What makes Surrey an intelligent community?

May 22 • Métacité, VANCOUVER • 838 Views • No Comments on What makes Surrey an intelligent community?

On June 11th, the Intelligent Community Forum will be selecting one deserving city as their Intelligent Community of 2015. Surrey, BC is one of seven cities worldwide that could win the award. We asked Darren Bryson, Managing Leader of Buildings at one of Stantec’s Vancouver area offices on what he thinks makes Surrey an intelligent community.

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In 2007, the City of Surrey wrote their Sustainability charter, and set a high mandate to create a framework to be a progressive and long term champion of sustainable cities.

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In order to meet the charter’s goals, the City launched the Rethink Waste program in 2012. Since the program was launched, the city has seen a 40 percent reduction in landfill garbage thanks to a three-way cart system allowing residents and businesses to separate waste into garbage, recycling, and organic waste.

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The Biofuel Organic Waste Processing Facility project is integral to the program. The facility will convert the City’s collected kitchen and yard waste, along with commercial waste from across the Region, into 100% renewable natural gas and compost. Odours from the processing activity are controlled by enclosing the facility’s critical areas and treating exhaust through biofilters and air scrubbers to remove odour and dust before the air is discharged into the atmosphere. The natural gas will be used to fuel the City’s natural gas waste collection trucks and any excess will be sold back to the natural gas utility. The facility will also produce a compost product that will be suitable for landscaping and agricultural applications.

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The facility will be designed to receive and process 115,000 tonnes of organic waste annually. At capacity, it be able to process 100 percent of the City’s organic waste over the 25-year contract term, along with commercial organic waste, helping Metro Vancouver achieve its regional 70 percent waste diversion target. It is estimated that this diversion of waste from the landfill will amount to approximately 25,000 tonnes of CO2e reduction per year, equivalent to taking 5,200 passenger vehicles off the road per year.

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Upon completion, the facility will achieve several milestones, including being the largest facility of its kind in Canada and the first closed-loop fully-integrated organics waste management system in North America.

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