March 21, 2012

Under One Roof (and a beautiful one it is)

Over 200 students from Vancouver’s six post-secondary institutions have been working on projects related to Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Goals. Join them for an exhibition of their work and participate in a dialogue with students, faculty, city staff and community leaders.


CityStudio invites you to an Open House and Dialogue:

Under One Roof

How do the Greenest City Goals hit the ground?

When? Saturday, March 31st, 2012 from 11am-4pm. [Open Dialogue from 1pm-3pm].

Where? Salt Building (85 West 1st Avenue), in Olympic Village.

Cost? Free!

RSVP at Eventbrite.

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(Worth attending if for no other reason than to experience the Salt Building.)


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A lecture at Robson Square from two of Vancouver’s most influential planning academics, Dr. Mark Roseland and Dr. Ron Kellett.

From Mark Roseland, find about what’s happened at the community level in sustainable development since the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992.

From Ron Kellett: his work on engaging citizens through “measured visualizations” to explore and express the links of energy, GHG emissions and community planning.

WHEN: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WHERE: Rm C400, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

REGISTER: (free of charge and open to the public on first-come, first-serve basis)

Live Web Stream:


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The latest Sustainability Dialogue from Metro:

What would such a transition to an economy without waste look like? What societal impacts might such a transition entail? What is the role for businesses and organizations, for producers and consumers, in transitioning to a new economic system?


There will be four dialogues throughout Metro:

South of the Fraser March 06, 2012 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm) Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Club
7778 152nd Street, Surrey Vancouver March 07, 2012 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm) Segal Graduate School of Business
Simon Fraser University
500 Granville Street Central Northeast Sector March 27, 2012 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Inn At The Quay

900 Quayside Drive , New Westminster North Shore March 28, 2012 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm)

Hollyburn Country Club

950 Crosscreek Road, West Vancouver For details, speakers and registration, go here. Read more »

Some of you out there will be interested in these:

  Integrating Social Dimensions into Sustainability (Core) Friday–Saturday, March 9-10, 2012
9 am–5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver Details/Register   When social issues such as race, ethnicity, class, culture, personal health, affordable housing, employment, individual identity, and social cohesion are not effectively addressed, projects with even the most laudable environmental intentions are derailed. In this course, we’ll talk about sustainability not as a product, but as a process where issues of social justice and equity are essential to successful outcomes. In this course, you’ll do the following:
  • Describe social justice and equity issues related to sustainable community development (e.g., climate justice, food security, complete communities, intercultural inclusions, etc.)
  • Learn strategies to integrate “soft” issues of social justice and equity when tackling “hard” environmental issues such as transportation choice, land use, air quality, and resource and energy conservation
  • Discover win‑win solutions that bridge social and environmental goals
  • Analyze case studies that demonstrate how to successfully address the social dimensions of sustainability
  • Kristi Mader, public policy consultant, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN)
  • Brian Smith, social finance and affordable housing consultant
  • Jim Bailey, City of Vancouver
  • Tom Lancaster, District of North Vancouver
  • Shaugn Swartz, The Cleaning Solution
  • Andrew Pask, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Spaces Network
  • David Isaac, Raincity Strategies
  • Lisa Gibson, Living in Community Initiative
  • Kevin Milsip, director of sustainability, Vancouver School Board
      Community Food Systems (Elective) $600 / SUST908–VA1121
Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, 2012
9am-5:30 pm, SFU Vancouver
To register, call 778-782-5254 or 778-782-5079 .
Taught by leading food system practitioners and drawing from best practices from across North America, this practical course will explore a broad scope of community food system opportunities – from land use planning and urban design strategies, to bringing food into land and economic development efforts, to successful grassroots initiatives. An emphasis on implementation will explore topics such as how to get local decision-makers on board and using social media and other communication techniques effectively.   Presentations and panels involving a range of guest speakers will be combined with large and small group discussion and activities so course participants from diverse backgrounds can consider the role of food in their communities, organization or sustainability efforts. This is an essential course for mid-career professionals in the emerging field of community food systems – the next big ‘thing’ in sustainability.   Instructors/speakers:
  • Janine de la Salle, planner, food, and agriculture systems specialist, HB Lanarc.
  • Erik Karlsen, past executive director of the Agricultural Land Reserve
  • Mark Holland, vice-president, New Monaco Enterprise Corporation
  • Peter Ladner, Business in Vancouver; associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue
  • Tara McDonald, executive director, Vancouver Farmers Markets
  • Joaquin Karakas, urban designer, HB Lanarc
  • Brent Mansfield, co-chair, Vancouver Food Policy Council
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Walk 21 – the International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities – will be holding their next conference in Metro Vancouver.

The theme: Transforming the  automobile city: walking steps up!

Vancouver, BC October 3-5, 2011, Conference Location: SFU Goldcorps Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings Street).

Details here.

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The new SFU Institute for Values in Policy and Science invites you to their opening event:

“Policy in the Face of Complexity and Deep Uncertainty: Genetically Modified Organisms” 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 7pm

Dr. Sandra Mitchell
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Segal Centre, 555 Hastings Street SFU Harbour Centre Room 1400
Light refreshments at 6:30pm. Please RSVP at

How will genetically modified organisms impact biological diversity? How should we set human policies for global climate? The risks, unknown factors, and complexities challenge the traditional ‘predict and act’ models of policy making. This lecture suggests strategies for managing unknowns and setting reasonable policies.

Great poster too:

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