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Rating System for Shoreline Development on Its Way

An environmental rating system for shoreline developments created by the Sustainability Centre for British Columbia is being adapted for use in the U.S. The Coastal Developments Rating System (CDRS) covers commercial and residential developments as well as public walkways, parks, and other waterfront developments. Developed with the aid of technical and ecological advisors, CDRS covers siting and construction of permanent structures, preservation of habitat and coastal ecology (like riparian zones, hatcheries, and tidal pools), stormwater management, and the design and development process. Four pilot projects—including the Vancouver Olympic Village—tested the rating system, which was released in March 2010. According to officials with the Sustainability Centre, the pilot program led to the addition of a climate change adaptation credit and a streamlined application process. Several organizations in the U.S. have gotten approval and funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adapt CDRS for residential use in the U.S.; development of the revised system should take about four years. For more information, visit www.greenshores.ca.

Published August 30, 2010

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