Sustainability

Our Sustainability Commitment

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is committed to sustainability in the construction and operations of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Sustainable development is important not only to us, but to the Government of Canada and our stakeholders. As such, it is our duty to them to consider the financial and nonfinancial impacts of our operations by integrating environmental, social and economic dimensions in our management approach. We are committed to taking sustainability into consideration in our decisions, in both carrying out construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project
and in our organizational management.

We are committed to continual improvement thorough analysis of our practices, benchmarking, and assessing the risks and opportunities related to sustainability within our organization, engaging our stakeholders on the issues that matter to them most. As a Canadian Crown corporation, we ensure that taxpayer dollars are invested to optimize the economic, social, and environmental return on investment generated for the community for this once in a generation infrastructure project. The future success of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project depends on the sustainable work we do today and in the years to come.

Bryce Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, WDBA
 

 

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is an example of sustainable infrastructure – one that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible contributes to a cleaner environment and protects communities on both sides of the border, both now and in the future, from the impacts of climate change.

The project will be a high-performance sustainable building and infrastructure project, designed for resource efficiency and cost effectiveness (both in construction and operation) with healthy and productive environments.

Emphasis is being placed on measurable high-performance green building and infrastructure strategies and processes, integrating products, components, and systems, improving building performance by significantly reducing energy consumption, increasing facility flexibility, and improving user comfort and satisfaction. 

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability from Karey Thatcher, Architectural Project Coordinator with Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA)

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project will strive to achieve the following sustainability goals and objectives:

Maintain safety and security

We will create a safe environment for the public and workers; minimize nuisances such as light pollution, noise, odors, and vibration; and enable access and mobility

Create a culture of leadership

We will develop a strategic and collaborative commitment to sustainability; clearly define roles and responsibilities; and actively engage stakeholders

Evaluate life-cycle costs

We will consider cost of ownership over the life of the Project Agreement to provide a sound basis for decision-making.

Design for durability and resiliency

We will plan for long-term maintenance and monitoring; consider short- and long-term risks; and demonstrate attention to extending the project’s useful life.

Provide economic opportunity

We will achieve diverse workforce goals; create Disadvantaged Business training; and coordinate with a comprehensive Community Benefits Plan.

Conserve non-renewable resources

We will reduce energy and water demands; consider sources of renewable energy and water re-use; use recycled, recyclable, local, biobased, and salvaged materials; reduce waste generation; divert waste from landfills; optimize energy efficiency in construction and operations; and monitor energy and water consumption during operations.

Protect the natural world

We will employ green infrastructure stormwater management design principles; protect, conserve, and enhance environmentally sensitive areas; avoid unsuitable geography and greenfields; and coordinate with all environmental obligations, including, aquatic resources, air and water quality, noise and vibration, invasive species, wildlife habitats, erosion and sedimentation control, historic and cultural resources, wetland protection, stormwater management, and light pollution reduction;

Safeguard cultural resources

We will preserve open space; and consider community values, local character, historic, and cultural resources; and 

Proactively engage the public

We will communicate our goals and achievements with the public.

 

See our Sustainability at a Glance infographic: