This project pilots the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP) in the City of New Westminster and investigates its impact on growing and developing important synergies between businesses. Based on the results, it recommends that the City should consider continuing to support NISP Canada, given the strong alignment between the NISP model and the City of New Westminster policy goals, strategies and action items, as well as foster greater collaboration with municipalities for a regional circular economy.

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: Industrial Ecology, Industrial Symbiosis, Citizen Engagement, Adaptive Economy

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2018

In May of 2017, City Council adopted a new local area plan and economic development strategy for the False Creek Flats (the Flats). This report aims to build upon the existing research and engagement work in the False Creek Flats and identify strategies and opportunities for private sector investment in green infrastructure and green technologies along the Walk-the-Line corridor.

Partner: Vancouver Economic Commission.
Keywords: green transportation, economic development, rainwater management, ecological habitat, public art.

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2018

This project looks into how K–12 educators within the Vancouver School Board (VSB) use the City’s parks and what actions the Park Board and its community partners could take to support their efforts. A robust finding from the study is that educators wish for a stronger knowledge base from which to deliver outdoor environmental learning.

Partner Organization: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Planning and Research Department.
Keywords: Healthy City Strategy, environmental stewardship, environmental awareness, access to nature, experiential learning cycle.

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2018

This project aims to improve existing street horticulture planting and maintenance practices in anticipation of the potential effects of climate change, improve citizens’ access to nature through healthier planted areas in streetscapes, and provide a reference document for improving street planting guidelines; thereby improving the social and environmental quality of streetscapes in the City of Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver, Engineering Services.
Keywords: climate change adaptation, stormwater management, rainwater management, landscaping design, urban heat island mitigation, habitat enhancement, wildlife, green transportation, vulnerability assessment.

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2018

In anticipation of the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and a new Broadway land use plan, this report explores case studies on the effects of transit investment on land values and the ways in which local governments around the world capture uplift as a result of transit investment. It recommends to consider the added value of transit accessibility—not solely the added value of density—when crafting land value capture policy.

Partner: City of Vancouver.
Keywords: land value analysis, land value capture, land use, urban renewal, regression analysis, commercial development, commute.

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2018

This project investigates the local supply market of three key components in buildings, namely windows, Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV’s), and Heat Pump (HP) systems in terms of capacity and gaps of higher efficiency models, to assist the City of Vancouver in implementing an effective update to the Vancouver Building Bylaw (VBBL) to lower greenhouse gases.

Partner Organization: City of Vancouver.
Keywords: greenest city action plan, green building, carbon neutral, fenestration, heat, window, greenhouse gases.

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2018

The UBC Sustainable Campus Food Guide aims to raise awareness of and facilitate participation in sustainable food system initiatives on campus among the UBC community for students, staff, faculty and residents. This guide introduces all aspects of UBC’s food system, current initiatives, and what you can do to get involved.

The UBC Sustainable Campus Food Guide was prepared as part of the UBC SEEDS Program’s UBC Food System Project and was funded through a grant from AMS Sustainability.

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2013

This article presents the case that cycling is probably the most sustainable urban transport mode, feasible not only for short trips but also for medium-distance trips too long to cover by walking.

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2017

The Brock Commons Tallwood Building is unique in the use of mass hybrid timber structure: 16 storeys of mass timber over a concrete podium with concrete stair cores. Learn more about the building services, structural systems, and construction and design process.

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2016

This research looks into developing, applying and analyzing a new impact assessment methodology for community-based district energy systems in consort with developing and running airborne pollutant dispersion, population exposure and life cycle modeling scenarios with the consultation of UBC’s Engineers at the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF).

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2018

The biomass cogeneration system of the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) consists of fuelling the cogeneration engine with conditioned syngas in place of natural gas.

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2018

The biomass heat generation system in the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) uses wood waste from wood manufacturing and municipal trimmings as a renewable source of biomass.

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2018

The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF), located at the UBC Vancouver campus, is an energy generation facility that processes renewable biomass sourced from urban wood waste to generate thermal energy for heating campus buildings. BRDF is a signature Campus as a Living Lab project, integrating UBC’s core academic mandate of research and teaching with a campus energy supply system.

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2018

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2019

As part of a tall wood building research program with the UBC Sustainability Initiative and Dept. of Civil Engineering, a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) study was done of two student high-rise residential buildings, based on the result of whole building LCA done by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and whole building LCC done by Sensible Building Science.

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2018

Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of the tallest mass timber hybrid structures of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys in height.

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2017

This project focuses on constructing an inventory of tailpipe particulate matter (PM) (later replaced by carbon monoxide, or CO) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) (represented by (NMHC + NOx), where NMHC is short for non-methane hydrocarbon) emissions from the City of Vancouver's fleet of vehicles based on applicable emission standards from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (hereinafter referred to as “U.S. EPA”) and fuel usage data of the Fleet from 2015 to 2017.

Partner: City of Vancouver, Engineering Services.
Keywords: inventory, emission standards, fuel, pollutant, reduction.

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2018

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2012

Cycling causes virtually no environmental damage, promotes health through physical activity, takes up little space and is economical, both in direct user costs and public infrastructure costs. In short, cycling is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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2019

This research focuses on developing a methodology that may inform a future mapping project to identify zero waste assets in Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver, Solid Waste Strategic Services.
Keywords: zero waste, reuse, reduce, recycle, consumption, solid waste, landfill, community-based asset mapping.

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2018