The Scholars Project Library contents hundreds of reports, charts, tool-kits, and more, documenting the applied research produced since 2011. A useful body of knowledge to support further research around sustainability.

The City of Vancouver is committed to ensuring that all people -- including members of marginalised communities -- can have a safe, accessible, and comfortable experience at voting places. This project supports that goal by identifying barriers to voting, determining best practices for reducing these barriers, and outlining opportunities for improving the voting experience in Vancouver, in addition to the development of a training module for election workers.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, social sustainability

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2022
Isabel Chew

This project aims to identify how climate change will alter the Fraser River estuary and the effects this will have on the Pacific salmon species that inhabit it. Climate indicators relevant to salmon populations are identified and analyzed for trends through time to understand the potential impact on salmon.

Partner: Pacific Salmon Foundation
Funder: UBC
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water 

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2022
Ian Chambers

This project aims to improve existing approaches in the international development sector to strategy development. It identifies evidence-based approaches to organizational and programmatic strategy development that is aligned with feminist principles, such as inclusion and decolonization. This report highlights the key findings from this work, based on an environmental scan of theoretical frameworks, existing tools and approaches  as well as key informant interviews with practitioners.

Partner: Kore Global
Funder: Kore Global
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, gender

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2022
Hilal Kina

This research analyzes the emission reduction progress of ten selected communities in the province of British Columbia by using energy, solid waste, and transportation data. This project aims to quantify community GHG emission reduction targets, and offer recommendations to strengthen the ability of local governments to enhance communities' capacities to meet their GHG reduction targets and support organizations to model energy and emissions effectively.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation, Greenhouse gas emissions

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2022
Hana Nguyen

This project aims to quantify the market readiness of zero emissions vehicles for use in government fleets. The tool that was developed assigns a market readiness score at the vehicle class, manufacturer, and model level. The tool was developed to be be easily updated as zero emissions vehicles evolve. This is in support of Metro Vancouver's Clean Air Plan, which was developed to map their path to zero fleet emissions.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keyword: supply chain management & green procurement, transportation

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2022
Daniel Stauft

Different types of windows have different environmental impacts. However, research contrasting embodied carbon emissions of traditional windows such as aluminum versus innovative materials such as fiberglass is lacking. This project evaluated the global warming potential of fiberglass windows manufactured by Cascadia Windows and Doors; reviewed and listed the GWP of traditional windows production reported in the environmental product declaration; and compared the results.

Partner: Cascadia Windows Ltd.
Funder: Cascadia Windows Ltd.
Keywords: green buildings, social sustainability, supply chain management & green procurement

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2022
Shiva Zargar

This project aims to assess and compare the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of heavy-duty freight and equipment vehicles fueled with electricity, hydrogen, and renewable diesel. The vehicle and fuel supply chain emissions are assessed separately and combined together for a holistic evaluation. Alternative fueled trucks can reduce life cycle emissions compared to conventional diesel trucks. Suggestions are provided for wide-scale implementation of alternative fueled heavy-duty trucks in the future.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: climate action, climate mitigation, zero emission vehicles, transportation, life cycle analysis, alternative fuels

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2022
Sandun Wanniarachchi

The goal of this project was to determine where to build new public drinking fountains in the City of Vancouver. It achieved this by way of a GIS map showing access to public drinking water across Vancouver. Analysis of spatial data yielded 29 potential sites for priority construction, as well as 18 secondary sites for further consideration. This report recommends building a total of 47 new drinking fountains to ensure equitable access to drinking water for all Vancouver residents.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: clean water, climate adaptation, healthy city, water

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2022
Nick Gandolfo-Lucia

The purpose of this project was to enhance knowledge of operational sustainability activities by conducting an audit of current practices to identify and assess areas where the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) may implement sustainability practices. Includes recommendations and and implementation schedule for decreasing vehicle emissions, adopting green procurement procedures, and promoting recycling to minimize waste in the WVPD. 

Partner: West Vancouver Police Department
Funder: West Vancouver Police Department
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, supply chain management & green procurement, waste management & recycling

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2022
Nazli Cicekci

Vancouver Park Board is encouraging residents across the city to engage in environmental action through the recreation sector. Environmental programming offered at Vancouver community centres, however, is currently limited. This report outlines the importance of environmental action at the grassroots level to cultivate a sustainable and equitable future. Examples of recreation-based environmental programs from other jurisdictions are featured for the Park Board to reference to promote action.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: access to nature, active transportation, climate action, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education 

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2022
Natalie Cappe

Grassroots organizations are well-known for their role in directly addressing the needs and interests of equity-seeking groups. Yet, research has shown that large-scale non-profit organisations usually receive more support and higher amounts of grant funding than those organizing at the community level. This project aims to understand how the City of Vancouver can better foster broader community well-being by supporting grassroots community organizing practices.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, Grassroots Organizations

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2022
Natacha Monestel Mora

The City of Vancouver is in the process of developing a living roof webpage as part of the implementation of the Rain City Strategy. This report aims to provide support for the development of a living roof webpage, design guidelines and standard design drawings to improve public engagement and knowledge sharing. The report provides suggestions on webpage design, layout, and content, design guideline structure and a list of typical drawings. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: clean water, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, green buildings, sustainable development & green economy, water

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2022
Michael Peterson

Marine conservation and public engagement, until recently, have been conducted as separate entities. This report aims to highlight nuanced global best practices for re-incorporating community stewardship as a critical strategy in urban marine conservation. Spotlighting False Creek, Vancouver, this report also piloted seven marine-focused engagement strategies. The results will contribute to the False Creek Friends Society's long-term goal of establishing an urban marine park within False Creek.

Partner: False Creek Friends Society
Funder: False Creek Friends Society
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainability in education, water

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2022
Maggy Spence

The guide takes a holistic approach by considering how buildings, infrastructure and land use can work together to create resilient communities through a low carbon resiliency (LCR) lens. LCR is the intersection between climate change mitigation and adaption measures that maximize co-benefits to communities. A compilation of existing research, policy examples, and case studies combined with stakeholder interviews provide recommendations on how local governments can rebuild better.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: ecological systems, green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2022
Lorena Polovina

BC Nature is a federation of over 50 nature clubs throughout BC, and one of its main purposes is to support the work and goals of those clubs. Many of the clubs in the Lower Mainland conduct similar invasive species management activities, however, currently there is not enough communication and no collective strategy amongst them. This report identifies club actions that are benefiting species at risk and proposes collaborative projects with potential funding opportunities in the Lower Mainland.

Partner: BC Nature
Funder: UBC
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological management, restoration

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2022
Kephra Beckett

Settler colonial-capitalist policies have reduced the ability of Indigenous peoples to harvest foods from and enact food sovereignty within the Fraser River estuary. This report explores the repercussions of environmental change on traditional foods in the estuary, focusing on pollution, invasive species, and climate change. The report culminates in recommendations to support healthy habitat for traditional food species and recommendations for collaborating with Musqueam on food sovereignty.

Partner: Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Funder: UBC
Keywords: ecological systems, food systems, social sustainability

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2022
Katharine Baldwin

This report looks into the feasibility and effectiveness of utilizing trees as natural assets to manage rainwater in low-density residential zoning across the city of Vancouver. Through the review of case studies and climate adaptable tree species suitable to Vancouver, recommendations were made as to which trees may be suitable to be planted in a residential front yard in an effort to mitigate surface runoff and manage rainwater. Required setbacks and restrictions were also considered.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: climate mitigation, green infrastructure, healthy city, sustainable development & green economy, water

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2022
Julianna Neudorf

This project provides insight into the regulatory environment and business practices of suite-level sub-metering of thermal energy services in the Vancouver area. The purpose is to identify the issues for thermal energy sub-metering in multi-unit residential buildings from an affordability and equity perspective. Recommendations were made for the City of Vancouver and stakeholders to raise the accountability and optimize the transparency for third-party sub-meter arrangements.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: climate action, equity, diversity, inclusion, low carbon buildings, green buildings

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2022
Haowen Wu

The key goals of this research are to detail:
1. Who are the entities responsible for urban freight?
2. What is their parking behavior?
3. What modes do they use? 
4. What impacts do they have on other users?
We conducted extensive data collection across five municipalities. We found that freight parking activity was dominated by invisible freight, primarily food delivery from passenger vehicles. Almost all freight delivery had short-duration parking and occurred in metered parking.

Partner: TransLink
Funder: TransLink
Keywords: transportation

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2022
Elmira Berjisian & Madison Lore

This project aims to shed light on how childcare and early learning can be more culturally safe for urban Indigenous children and families. Through a literature review, interviews with community members, and visits to childcare facilities this report highlights a few issues that urban Indigenous families and children face along with some suggestions to tackle these issues.

Project video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10hEkoFNEBxa5S_KKtXLbOL69d3722R_t/view?usp=sharing

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, social sustainability, sustainability in education

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2022
Eanimi Agube

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