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.

This project aims to improve the mental health support services provided for IBPOC students, faculty, and staff on both UBC campuses, and provide considerations for engaging with IBPOC affinity groups. The report includes suggestions on improved institutional infrastructure and systemic changes that are necessary to respond to existing recommendations. Draws from scholarship and University of Toronto, University of Southern California, and McGill University as comparative case studies. 

Partner: UBC Wellbeing
Funder: UBC Wellbeing
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education

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2022
Elaina Nguyen

Rising sea levels, increased storm events, and an ecologically damaging seawall present the need for a change. This report re-envisions the Stanley Park seawall as a multifunctional coastal pathway that naturally protects the shoreline from erosion, increases intertidal habitat, and creates meaningful experiences between park visitors and the marine environment. The design proposals in this report aim to inspire and initiate further dialogue on an alternative future for the seawall.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: access to nature, climate adaptation, healthy city, biodiversity, ecological systems, water

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2022
Brontë Mutukistna

This report explores the opportunities to grant legal recognition to the Fraser River estuary. This includes a global survey of rights-of-nature laws in other jurisdictions and an assessment of the feasibility of applying these models in the local context.

Partner: Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Funder: UBC
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water

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2022
Avery Pasternak

This project aims to address the financial and regulatory framework challenges that prevent urban integration of transit stations and development. Given the complexities of delivering affordable housing on high-value land, it also seeks to examine how affordable housing can be provided at key transit nodes. This project includes recommendations pertaining to relationship-building, funding, housing type and tenure, public communication, community engagement, equity, and community amenities.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: active transportation, equity, diversity, inclusion, land use planning, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy, transportation 

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2022
Mélanie Wittes

How can a municipality go circular? This project explores 13 case studies in circular district innovation to understand patterns in creation and operation. Project findings identify key actors, policy frameworks, governance structures, and funding sources characteristic of successful projects. An annotated bibliography, a case studies Spreadsheet, and a tools and resource library offer interested jurisdictions specific tools, resources, and best practices to initiate their circular transition.

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

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2022
Joshua Ayer, Divija Madhani, Josh Travers

The City of Vancouver  experienced 66 fatal and 571 severe injury collisions between 2015 and 2019. This project aims to help the City improve traffic safety by identifying the streets with the most collisions for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers. Results include a list of streets experiencing the most collisions along with a list of schools within 50 meters of those streets. The City can use the results to prioritize those streets for safety improvements.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: active transportation, healthy city, transportation

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2022
Gurdiljot Gill

This project aims to leverage existing policies to reduce embodied carbon in retrofits. This research identifies policies and incentives for reducing embodied carbon emissions in the existing building sector and provides policy recommendations. The findings can assist policy-makers and other stakeholders in gaining a holistic view of retrofit policies, understanding the barriers to the uptake of retrofit schemes, and developing more efficient retrofit policies in the future.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: green buildings

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2022
Haonan Zhang

This project sought to understand anesthetic gas use and emissions across Canada and examine efforts and challenges to mitigate their carbon footprint. We conducted an environmental scan to review efforts to reduce anesthetic emissions; procured pharmacy purchasing data for desflurane and sevoflurane from 2016 to 2021 from six provinces; and interviewed anesthesiologists/environmental experts in academic/health institutions across Canada to discuss efforts to lower anesthetic gas emissions.

Partner: CASCADES / UBC Faculty of Medicine
Funder: UBC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change

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2022
Andrews Nartey

This report aims to assess the environmental, social, and financial impacts of the implementation of water reclamation in the Metro Vancouver region. Reclaimed water can provide substantial benefits to the region, with those benefits potentially outweighing the costs of setting up such systems. The study finalizes by recommending the next steps of identifying potential users, setting a pricing structure for this new source, and projecting its distribution costs. 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, waste management & recycling, water 

2022
Ana Patino

The project explored existing anesthetic gas emissions reduction initiatives to understand the GHG contribution of anesthetic gases across four health organizations in British Columbia, and prioritize the action needed to reduce their impact. The results emphasies the importance of collecting data regularly, educating anesthesiologists, setting goals to implement reduction initiatives, tracking progress, and developing a communication plan to support and empower anesthesia stakeholders.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health
Funder: Vancouver Coastal Health
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy 

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2022
Alpamys Issanov

This study compares an alternate test method (adenosine triphosphate, ATP) with the current method used by MetroVancouver (heterotrophic plant count, HPC) for monitoring bacteriological activity in the water transmission system to support continuous innovation of Metro Vancouver's water services. Includes a review of HPC and ATP studies, analysis of water quality data from Canadian municipalities, and results of preliminary ATP testing for the Greater Vancouver Water District transmission system.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: potable water, water treatment

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2022
William Chen

Evaluation is essential for measuring progress on sustainable and equitable food systems. However, a key challenge remains developing relevant indicators to measure and track progress on social justice in the context of food systems planning. The objective of the Food Systems Planning Evaluation Framework is to map out potential future visions of food systems in BC, including agricultural-related activities and social justice indicators, and provide metrics on how these visions can be achieved.

Partner: Public Health Association of Canada
Funder: UBC
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy, food systems

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2022
Mia MacKechnie

As civil society organizations (ENGOs more specifically) are beginning to reckon with past mistakes and strive for equity and inclusivity, they need tools to create meaningful and lasting organizational change. For several years, Sierra Club BC (SCBC) has been working to decolonize the organization's efforts; this project is among those that are the direct result of this initiative. 

The purpose of 'Implementing a Pathway Together' is to identify and create innovative approaches to intercultural climate engagement by centering Indigenous and diverse lenses. This includes generating reflection, analysis, tools and practices, enabling ENGOs, educational institutions, and other NGOs more generally, to engage with and learn from diverse communities on the climate crisis. The project builds on collaboration with the UBC Sustainability Scholars program on A Pathway Together (2020 - 2021). The scholar will work with SCBC to develop a "process guide" exploring questions of authentic relationships, intercultural collaborations that are respectful of protocol, and how we might centre the SĆȺ ~work with the lands and waters in good ways. 

Developing climate solutions that work for everyone requires increased capacities to learn from and work with diverse knowledge systems and tell different kinds of stories about the climate crisis. Implementing a pathway together, for ENGOs and other climate-engaged organizations to work with Indigenous and other historically marginalized communities is imperative to forward their climate action goals on a foundation of social and environmental justice.

Process guide: https://prezi.com/view/kwmkxe3P2lzBDO52k3DA/

2022
Melissa Plisic

The purpose of this project is to (a) Identify and create innovative approaches to research, knowledge sharing, storytelling and engagement by centring Indigenous and diverse lenses, and (b) Re-story and model how to implement walking A Pathway Together collaboratively.

Through respectful Indigenous and intercultural approaches, and centering the Coast Salish protocol, a holistic understanding of the interrelationships is invited.  Re-storying our relationships through an older oral traditions lens models both knowledge translation and dissemination across diverse perspectives.  Storytelling relays the rich nuanced cultural data being offered, encouraging connections between the Fraser River estuary, river, ocean and all who live within these communities, both human and non-human.

Partner: Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation
Funder: UBC
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, indigenous Coast Salish & intercultural lens

2022
Fiona Kelly

This project investigates different ownership models for renewable energy projects with Indigenous involvement in Canada. The ownership models are presented through case studies of past and current projects with the majority of cases being for remote renewable energy projects. The report presents and explains the different models and their uses and explores common themes important to the success of projects in partnership with a First Nation or Indigenous community.

Partner: Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2022
Arthur Bledsoe

This open-access toolkit is meant to serve First Nations across the Pacific Northwest as they navigate the creation and management of housing governance options for their communities. This includes an overview to better understand the housing system, a critical examination of why the current system does not work, and solutions for innovative community-centered housing governance models that are based in cultural wellbeing, economic security, and environmental sustainability.

Link to online toolkit: https://ecotrust.ca/toolkit/homelands/

Partner: Ecotrust
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

2022
Ashli Akins

This project aims to investigate entry pathways of pharmaceuticals into Metro Vancouver wastewater to identify opportunities for source control interventions. A major component was understanding the current operation of the drug take-back program in BC. Recommended interventions included improvements in the drug take-back program promotion and operation and alternative strategies for the monitoring and risk assessment of chemicals. 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: waste management & recycling, water, pollution
 

2021
Georgia Green

This project examines whether Metro Vancouver’s residuals (biosolids and drinking water treatment residuals) and Biosolids Growing Medium (BGM), can be used as components in growing media to enhance and optimize the performance of Low Impact Development landscapes within Metro Vancouver. Includes a review of existing regulations, current practices, and scientific literature. This project identifies opportunities for the use of residuals and BGM in addressing stormwater challenges in the region.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, waste management & recycling, stormwater

2021
Amzy Vallenas

This project explores best practices for policy and regulatory approaches for reducing embodied emissions in new construction and how these practices may be incorporated into a framework such as the BC Energy Step Code. The research identifies opportunities for local government and industry to reduce embodied emissions in new construction and makes recommendations to support the District of North Vancouver’s interest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector.

Partner: District of North Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, embodied emissions

2021
Amir Kari

This report examines the intersection between human rights and land use planning. It reviews key concepts, including the applicable legal framework, and considers practical issues in human rights and land use planning. The report aims to help the City of Vancouver identify actions and future work on this topic through provincial and municipal examples and recommendations on how a human rights lens can be applied to the City's work in land use planning.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, land use planning, leadership, behavior change, social sustainability

2021
Stanley Omotor

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