This project aims to generate reflection, analysis, tools and recommendations for environmental organizations to engage with and learn from diverse communities on the climate crisis using respectful intercultural approaches. Specifically, the project uses Indigenous Coast Salish ways of knowing as shared in an interactive tool and print resources to help environmental organizations engage with the knowledge it contains as well as intercultural engagement more broadly.

Partner: Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education

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2021
Elizabeth Jackson

This discussion paper aims to provide First Nations communities in BC with an overview of the domestic and international legal frameworks which relate to the right to free, prior and informed consent and mining. The project aims to promote knowledge of legal developments and legal rights, to make suggestions and prompt discussion and to solicit feedback on the ways in which communities could implement the right to free, prior and informed consent in the context of mining on Indigenous lands.

Partner: BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC)
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, human rights

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2021
Samantha Wex

This project is focused on forging and establishing partnerships, both internal and external to the university, to support programming, service delivery, and additional opportunities focused on ameliorating student food security through ongoing development of a physical food hub. This project is a direct continuation of Envisioning a Physical Food Hub at UBCO, a Summer 2020 Sustainability Scholars Program project. 

Partner: UBC Wellbeing
Keywords: food systems, leadership & behaviour changefood security, food hub 

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2021
Sarah Clement

This study explores how CCEL efforts have increased the overall capacity for faculty members to navigate through the effects of the pandemic while achieving their goals and expectations. With this project, CCEL seeks to understand how their support has helped faculty members in pivoting to online community engaged learning, and if the inclusion of elements of place-based learning, contributes to increased opportunity for students and partners to engage.

Partner: UBC CCEL
Keywords: social sustainabilitycommunity engagement, education and learning

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2021
Neha Gupta

This project addresses the COVID-19 amplification of barriers women in leadership experience and draws on themes of mentorship, trust, inclusion, authenticity and justice in imagining a path forward. Through interviews with notable women in business and community leaders, the report offers personal stories, lived experiences and calls to action for a feminist economic recovery and building a more just and equitable future.

Partner: Minerva BC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2021
Julia Burnham

This project explores the opportunities in Canadian law towards the shift from the linear economy to the regenerative, circular and sharing economy. It examines how existing policies promoting environmental sustainability in Canada and Canadian substantive law - property law, intellectual property law, contract law, consumer protection law and corporate law, can be deployed and reformed to facilitate the transition to the regenerative, circular and sharing economy in Canada.

Partner: Ecojustice
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling

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2021
Oluwakemi Oke

This project aims to inform those involved in shoreline design with precedents and ideas for using a living shoreline approach. This approach proves to be a useful framework and tool for designing sustainable and resilient shorelines. Two sites in the Vancouver region were studied, and their biophysical conditions were described leading to recommendations for focal species and design ideas for each site.

Partner: Space2place Design Inc.
Keywords: biodiversity,watersea level rise

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2021
Natasha Jackson-Drouin

The purpose of this project was to assemble the Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) portion of the Climate Caucus Councillors Handbook. The Handbook serves as a toolkit for elected leaders and their allies to take action on climate change. This project serves as a living handbook for councillors across Canada, providing them the resources needed to present nature-based solutions to their councils.  

Partner: Climate Caucus Council
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure

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2021
Vanessa Sun

Sustainable Product and Service Factsheets help inform more environmental, ethical, and social purchasing decisions in large public institutions across Canada, including cities, universities, and government agencies. More Canadian organizations want to align their purchasing with their sustainability goals and their staff needs simple tools to make sustainable choices when purchasing thousands of products and services every day. 

Partner: Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (CCSP)
Keywords: social sustainability, supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy

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2021
Varshini Baskar

The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge (NZERBC) supports the development of new buildings that are more energy efficient, less polluting, and more comfortable. This project analysed nine of the winning projects to explore trends in the architectural and mechanical features as well as the GHG emissions potential of the buildings.

Partner: Zero Emissions Building Exchange
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, passive housing, building emissions

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2021
Priyadharshini Krishnan Ponnammal

City governments globally are recognizing the benefits of living with nature, and are launching efforts to protect and regrow urban biodiversity. However, these efforts can reinforce existing inequities,  through green gentrification or ecosystem disservices (for example). How might we build cities that are biophilic, just, and equitable? This project offers a framework for understanding urban social-ecological justice and offers a practical planning tool based on a scoping review.

Partner: Urban Biodiversity Society
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, social sustainability

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2021
Joanne Fitzgibbons

This project provides insights on a framework for tracking progress of the UC3 Strategic Plan 2020-2025, including a discussion of the factors considered in designing the framework. The purpose of this document is to provide assistance to the UC3 in future planning exercises and is meant to inform the UC3 leadership on discussions related to how progress may be measured and tracked moving forward.

Partner: UBC Sustainability Initiative
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education 

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2021
Arthur Zhang

The purpose of this project is to improve the individual and collective wellbeing of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) staff and faculty at UBC through development of a podcast series focused on IBPOC wellbeing, equity, and community.

Partner: UBC Athletics & Recreation
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, equity, inclusion, BIPOC

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2021
Erin de Sousa

 An assessment of the current state of UBC Department of Athletics & Recreation's equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, and a review of related programs in peer institutions across Canada. The report includes recommendations for resources and tools that can be developed at UBC to support identified needs for education and/or growth for staff and students in this area.

Partner: UBC Athletics & Recreation
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, equity, inclusion

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2021
Aayza Asim

This project aims to understand ways in which the resources, materials, and facilitator training for a family health promotion program known as Healthy Together can be optimized by partner organizations to work for newcomer immigrants to Canada. The findings from the project have informed several recommendations in which the materials and facilitator training can be adapted to facilitate delivery for newcomer families to Canada.

Partner: The Bridge Youth and Family Services
Keywords: food systems, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability 

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2021
Abdul-Fatawu Abdulai

This project explores the supports and challenges that Squamish Nation members living with physical disabilities face in their everyday lives. The report discusses the accessibility and inclusion challenges of working with various partner organizations and service providers in order to provide useful recommendations to support Squamish Nation members living with physical disabilities.

Partner: Squamish Nation
Keywords: food systems, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2021
Ling-En Lo

Applying an equity, inclusion, and reconciliation lens this project reflects on the biases and discrimination long-established in the Real Estate sector. It demonstrates how systems of oppression and injustice have been challenged within the sector, equipping individuals and organizations with access to resources and positive examples. Includes an annotated bibliography, list of resources, glossary of terms and examples of initiatives explored by members of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative.

Partner: Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative (SPEC)
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, real estate sector

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2021
Danielle Bizinelli

This project seeks to understand the barriers to implementing a Green Industrial Innovation District (GrIID) in the False Creek Flats. The report discusses land affordability, climate action, existing industrial policy, and the active and eager business community that form the unique landscape of forces to be considered in what would be Vancouver's first circular economy hub.

Partner: Recycling Alternative
Keywords: supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, circular economy 

 

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2021
Anika Bursey

This research project includes a jurisdictional scan of income-qualified home retrofit programs across North America and makes recommendations for better practices for an equity-focused program delivery model. Furthermore, an in-depth analysis of BC Hydro and FortisBC's Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) is completed and supported by a customer journey map to illustrate points of stress in the ECAP customer journey.

Partner: Ecotrust Canada
Keyword: leadership & behaviour change, real estate sector, retrofits

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2021
Laura MacTaggart

This project aims to understand the state of youth engagement in Metro Vancouver and evaluate CityHive's youth programming through survey evaluations and focus groups. Includes an environmental scan of youth engagement programs and opportunities in Metro Vancouver and recommendations to deepen CityHive's connection with alumni, improve their programming, and reach out to under-engaged youth.

Partner: CityHive Youth Engagement Society
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2021
Adriana Valentina Farias

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