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07CE - Positive Impact Developments to Improve our Ecosystems

23 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Many people, professionals and municipalities are under the incorrect assumption that all development has a negative impact on the environment and ecosystems. However, there are many strategies and methods that can improve our ecosystems in new developments in environmentally sensitive areas. In order to create Positive Impact Developments in sensitive ecological areas, we believe that there are four central strategies: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Zero Energy and Zero Cost. By combining these strategies, we can move past simply eliminating our impact on the environment toward actually improving it. Many of these strategies are low-tech, high-impact methods of reducing negative environmental impact while increasing our positive impact on the environment. By combining several strategies, we can get the best impact across a broad area.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand how compact developments and sustainable transit integration can mitigate carbon emissions; responsible resource recovery and diverse ecosystems can mitigate waste emissions; efficient building design can reduce energy consumption; and public education and community participation can reduce costs.
    2. Identify simple strategies that can be combined for complex uses to great impact.
    3. Demonstrate that positive environmental impacts through development can improve both our natural and social ecosystems.
    4. Learn best practices for integrating greenfield development, ecological preservation, environmental improvement, social integration and sustainable education.


Donald Peckover, B.Arch.Sci., LEED AP, and Michael Mazurkiewicz, B.Arch.Sci.

Donald Peckover is an architectural designer at SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building, a professional architecture practice in Toronto focusing on not only sustainable design, but also resilient communities. Donald has experience in designing and building homes and communities across North America (including disaster-prone areas such as the Atlantic coasts of Florida and Far Rockaway, New York) as well as environmentally conscious designs for the Oak Ridges Moraine area in Ontario. In designing in these sensitive areas, it is important to respect nature and the environment in order to reduce disaster risk and promote positive change in homes and neighbourhoods.

Michael Mazurkiewicz is interested in rethinking architectural norms with an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability. He completed his Bachelor of Architectural Science at Ryerson University with a focus on building sciences, and courses in passive housing. He emphasizes that sustainability is at the core of occupant health and comfort, viewing the home as a place in which dreams are cultivated.