By Don Southerton, Korealegal.org Editor
If readers don’t mind, I’ll step away from the legal focus of KoreaLegal.org to share some timely thoughts on CSR, Green, sustainability, and especially new urbanism–although there are lots of connections between these topics and South Korea.
My personal and professional interest first grew from involvement in Songdo International Business District, a Green-focused “city of the future” on the west coast of South Korea. Next, over the past years working with Hyundai Motor Group on a number of projects, I’ve learned much about (and been asked to share) their Korean CSR, sustainability, and Green automotive technology.
In addition, I’ve been asked by clients to research Korean firms highly engaged in wind turbine, ocean-wave, and solar technology manufacturing.
Together, a strong interest has been peaked. With an office in Denver, living and working in Belmar, new urbanism community, aligns well with my values. In fact, one of my academic writing projects will look at Korean and American new urbanism.
Belmar, developed by Continuum Partners, is a 22-block mixed use development on the site of the former Villa ItaliaMall. The developers are dedicated to energy-use reduction and the responsible use of limited natural resources.Belmar used the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) criteria to guide the design and development of many buildings in the project.The project has been designed to reduce automobile reliance and to promote pedestrian and transit activity. There are multiple regional bus routes that circulate through the site with multiple stops (previously, no routes penetrated the 104 acre site). All on-site housing has been built with high quality, sustainable materials and energy conservation technology, ensuring high levels of energy efficiency and green building.
Belmar has worked with Waste Management to implement an expanded single-stream recycling program for all residents as well as office and retail tenants. Much of the construction material from the demolition of the original mall structure has been recycled. 88% of all materials by weight and volume from the original site have been reused. 100%, or in excess of 2 million square feet, of asphalt originally on site was milled into more than 40,000 tons of base material used for temporary roadways and the base under building slabs. Over 200,000 tons of concrete from the original mall slab were crushed and reused on site, the weight of which is equivalent to approximately two aircraft carriers. All steel, copper and aluminum was taken to recycling centers. Glass, doors, windows and light fixtures have been reused in Continuum’s downtown headquarters office as well as the on-site sales and leasing office at Belmar.
Belmar Solar Array
Belmar boasts wind turbines on top of street lights, solar-powered parking meters and some of the most energy-efficient commercial buildings in Denver. The Belmar district also features a small urban wind farm with 14 turbines powering lighting for a large parking lot. The wind farm has the potential to generate 700-900 kilowatt hours of electric power per month.
Approximately 130 mature trees from the original site were transplanted to a temporary nursery site and replanted in the Belmar district.
Finally, all outdoor lighting has been designed in cooperation with the International Dark Skies Association to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and reduce light pollution.