Business in Vancouver January 4-10, 2005; issue 793
Principal, Holland Barrs Planning Group Inc.
spearheaded early sustainable urban planning initiatives in Vancouver that resulted in the development of Southeast False Creek and prompted the City of Vancouver to adopt its green strategy.His
work also encouraged real estate developers to build LEED-certified buildings and helped the City of Vancouver win a national honour award from the Canadian Institute of Planners
for the False Creek neighbourhood.Holland was a city planner on staff at the City of Vancouver from 1997 to 1999.He left to found the private consulting firm Holland Barrs Planning Group Inc. and hone its specialty in urban planning.He has since added a business partner and three staff.
"I saw the sustainability movement growing, so I realized I'd have to leave government to get a piece of the action," he
generated about $500,000 in revenue in 2003, double what it earned the year before, said Holland
Part of that success comes from his
former employer.Last year, the City of Vancouver
contracted him as an in-house consultant to establish its sustainability office.While there, he
grew the city's sustainability office from the equivalent of one and a half people to a team of five full-time employees.He
also saw that office's budget grow from $250,000 to more than $2 million.As a student, Holland won a medal for graduating at the top of his University of British Columbia landscape design class.Outside of work, he co-chairs the Community Energy Association and is vice-president of the Ecodesign Resource Society.He
also gives presentations on issues that he's
passionate about, such as climate change, envisioning sustainability and public sector land management.