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 electric vehicle (EV) charging access for residents with barriers to at-home charging in the City of North Vancouver. Includes an assessment of current residential and public charging opportunities, recommended locations and models for providing new public EV charging stations, and best practices for improving access to EV charging for residents living in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs).

Partner: City of North Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation

2021
Amanda Masse

This project aims to address inequities in accessing resources, opportunities, benefits, and costs/burdens of climate action initiatives among social groups. To achieve this, local governments must prioritize frontline, marginalized and vulnerable communities in the "Big Moves" while driving down GHG emissions. Includes a climate equity framework explicit on social equity goals and objectives for local governments to adopt and integrate into ongoing climate action initiatives.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy, transportation

2021
Vincent Chireh

There is a clear relationship between anthropogenic CO2 emissions and global temperature rise. The goal of this project with Metro Vancouver is to develop a regional carbon budget for Metro Vancouver. A carbon budget is the maximum amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted around the world without increasing the global average temperature by more than 1.5 degrees. The carbon budget for Metro Vancouver was calculated using the C40 Cities Convergence and Contraction methodology.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, carbon footprint

2021
Rudri Bhatt

This project considers the concentrations and distributions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from gas boilers, heaters, and generators of buildings in Metro Vancouver - particularly the potential impact of emissions on neighbouring buildings - and focuses on how other jurisdictions address similar issues. Recommendations include reducing NOx emission limits for such technologies; implementing stack design policies; increasing data collection, modeling, and leveraging a city-planning approach to emissions; and electrifying heating appliances and buildings.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

2021
Claire Ewing

Healthcare facilities are large consumers of water and have a leading role in water conservation. This project aims to explore innovative water-saving opportunities applicable to healthcare settings and assess their feasibility for implementation at the Lower Mainland health organizations by identifying key challenges and opportunities.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health
Keywords: Water

2021
Monika Korczewski

This project aims to support the future implementation of a Regional Resilience Strategic Framework by Metro Vancouver. Specifically, the project provides a conceptual framework for defining and measuring resilience of the regional water and liquid waste systems. Additionally, the project further identifies potential key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate system resilience based on a systematic literature review and internal engagement with staff.

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

2021
Serena (Seoyeon) Choi

This report aims to assess the environmental impacts of shared mobility services in Metro Vancouver. The report includes the calibration of emission factors for private car, transit, carsharing, ridehailing, and bikesharing systems. Moreover, environmental impacts from mode choice and mode displacement behaviour of shared mobility users are investigated. While carsharing and bikesharing systems have the potential to reduce GHG emissions, ridehailing is likely to be detrimental to the environment.

Partner: TransLink
Keywords: transportation, GHG emissions, shared mobility

2021
Elmira Berjisian

This report summarizes the lowest life cycle costs (LCC) and life cycle emissions (LCE) of powertrain technologies available for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicle classes and shows the emissions impacts of selecting the lowest LCC technologies, as well as the financial impacts of selecting the lowest LCE technologies. The LCC includes capital, interest, fuel, and environmental cost of GHG emissions over a ten-year life. LCE includes fuel, vehicle cycle, and vehicle operation.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy, transportation

2021
Shannon Goulden

This report includes a literature review, case studies, lessons learned, and recommendations contributing to the body of research informing the restoration design of sludge lagoons to freshwater wetlands in the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The final recommendations are based on the literature review and lessons learned which encompass restoration design, implementation, maintenance, monitoring, and adaptive management.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water

2021
Trisa Ngo

Part of a WWF-Canada initiative, this report is a hands-on guide for educators to implement a habitat garden at their school. The author interviewed educators in the Habitat Stewardship pilot project exploring challenges and feasible solutions for school-ground habitat enhancement. The purpose of this report was to compile learnings from the pilot project to inform a toolkit which will help educators participate in native planting initiatives at schools across Canada.

Partner: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Keywords: biodiversity, food systems, sustainability in education

2021
Danielle Tan

The purpose of this project was to articulate a vision for a community driven, collaborative mental health and substance use system of care that exists on a continuum which begins in community, extends into health care, and ultimately leads back to community. The report highlights opportunities for a framework that is multi-sectoral and includes concrete and meaningful links to community, and integration with mental health care at the micro, meso and macro level.

Partner: Community Action Initiative
Keywords: social sustainability, mental health, substance use

2021
Natania Abebe

This report is meant to support the creation of a Hazardous Areas Development Permit Area and a Site Alteration Bylaw for Bowen Island Municipality. The bylaws will address hazards that may be exacerbated by development and are meant to either prevent or mitigate risk of damage to Bowen Island's local ecosystems and community. Best practices are summarized, and geotechnical analyses are used to create a map of potentially hazardous areas.

Partner: Bowen Island Municipality
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy

2021
Mike Turley

The objective of this research project was to identify communications best practices and develop a series of core messages to communicate the principles of the circular economy in health care in an accessible and compelling way. There report aims to serve as an educational document for improving communication and persuasion efforts to promote pro-environmental behaviour broadly, and policies that facilitate the transition to a circular economy in health care.

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

2021
Elizabeth Samuels

This project aims to improve the ability of the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Team, a shared service across the Lower Mainland Health Organizations, to engage health care staff with sustainability practices to transform the health care system. This project includes a review of best practices for staff and volunteer engagement, and the development of a monitoring and assessment framework to support tracking and reporting processes for the Green+Leaders program.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change

2021
Sarah Pendreigh

This project aims to identify the gaps between BC Energy Step Code airtightness requirements and the construction industry's understanding of building airtight envelopes to support meeting those requirements more predictably and avoiding final blower door test failures.  The report examines the results of an industry-wide online survey identifying trades that can most benefit from support and at what stage(s) of construction practices can be improved to construct an airtight building.

Partner: Township of Langley
Keywords: green buildings

2021
Ezgi Yuruk Haktanirlar

This project draws on the firsthand experiences of congestion pricing professionals in five US cities to share lessons learned within the context of evidence-based recommendations from the fields of public policy, risk communication, and the behavioural sciences. It is our hope that these timely insights will give current and future proponents of congestion pricing the best possible chance of successfully designing and communicating their versions of this essential tool.

Partner: TransLink
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy, transportation

2021
Nigel Deans

This project aims to create a framework post-pandemic community recovery plan for the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. The purpose is to provide recommendations for organizations to implement in order to help the community recover from the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes suggestions in five areas of focus: the overdose epidemic, access to dignified housing, social connection and isolation, autonomy and self-determination, and gender-based and sexualized violence.

Partner: Atira Women’s Resource Society
Keywords: social sustainability

2021
Sarah Glazier

Climate change is catalyzing a new normal, one where the increased severity and frequency of weather-related disaster is driving people to move. This movement is not problematic in itself; however, under crisis conditions it can be devastating. This report outlines emerging global climate displacement strategies to support Canadian policymakers and practitioners in planning for and enabling safe, dignified human movement and resilient, cohesive communities in the face of climate change.

Partner: Climate Displacement Planning Initiative
Keywords: social sustainability, displacement, policy

2021
Sarah Kamal

This report explores the potential for the transition to a circular economy to support a just and sustainable post-pandemic recovery. It provides a base of understanding about net and inclusive circular job growth and a just circular transition, with some recommendations for Greater Vancouver. It also provides insights into how sharing, reuse and repair show up in the lives, livelihoods and enterprises of some marginalized communities in Greater Vancouver.

Partner: Share Reuse Repair Initiative
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, circular economy

2021
Neha Sharma-Mascarenhas

The Center for Spatial Technologies is developing an online dashboard of high-resolution housing data in Metro Vancouver along with a scorecard system of housing data for cities around the world. Project work included semi-structured interviews with five knowledgeable individuals in the field. Interviewees shared narratives around the housing situation, described details of the housing market, shared insights on housing data, and suggested ways to enhance the tools.

Partner: 221A
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, housing

2021
Charles Pan

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