The Baker District development by the City of Guelph and Windmill Developments is one of only two projects in Canada, and the third in North America, to receive the international endorsement under the One Planet Living sustainability framework.
Bioregional, the creator of the One Planet Living framework, is a UK-based non-profit organization that promotes a better and more sustainable way to live. One Planet Living is a planning and sustainability framework predicated on building communities where people can live happy and healthy lives within the resources of our One Planet. One Planet Living is one of the most holistic sustainability frameworks in the world, and its principles include sustainable food and water, zero carbon energy, zero waste, equity and economy.
Windmill's design team is led by DTAH (urban design, landscape architecture and architecture of mixed-use components) and Diamond Schmitt Architects (Guelph Public Library). The landmark Baker District project will transform the existing Baker Street municipal parking lot and adjacent properties into a compact district nestled in Guelph’s historic core, creating a renewed area of activity, commerce and civic space for the local community and city.
“Baker District strongly aligns with the City’s aspirations, with an acute focus on zero carbon, sustainable food production, and sustainable transportation,” says Alex Speigel, Partner, Windmill Developments. “Following in Guelph’s green tradition, the transformative redevelopment of the Baker District will be a model of urban intensification, showcasing sustainability and civic participation in an effort to reshape Guelph’s downtown.” Read more here