Jack Anderson of Greenplan in Nanaimo will discuss innovative building plans at the latest Alberni Valley Transition Town meeting at Char’s Landing. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Alberni Valley Transition Town talks green planning

March 20 talk features Jack Anderson, speaking of innovative building techniques

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society is hosting a presentation on community planning on Wednesday, March 20.

Speaker Jack Anderson will focus on innovative building techniques and community planning with an eye to resilience. Topics will range from global impacts for Vancouver Island and forests to emerging building systems and materials, “green” construction and meeting human needs through sustainable principles.

The talk will kick off at Char’s Landing (4815 Argyle St.) at 7 p.m. and likely last about 45 minutes. It will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and share reflections.

While Anderson is an active practitioner of architecture and planning, his work is informed by the same concerns that drive the Transitions Network and other organizations that see the need to re-examine current practices. The central theme of the evening is a vision of resilience and what we can do to move in that direction.

Anderson owns a consulting company called Greenplan, that is located in Nanaimo and bridges the dual disciplines of Planning and Building Design. Since his first passive solar home design in 1985, Anderson has encouraged and promoted green building design and its community scale complement in green neighbourhoods.

As exciting new technologies are developed and commercialized, the feasibility of fully sustainable residential development improves. Anderson is passionate about sharing insights into past projects and his hopes for the future.

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