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 investigates potential approaches to leverage data and enhance the functionality of the Business Energy and Emission Profile (BEEP) a carbon mapping tool for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) used by Climate Smart. Specifically, this project developed ways to present quantitative and qualitative emissions data, identified potential analysies to provide new insight into SME emissions and reductions, and provided recommendations on estimating cost savings associated with emissions.

Partner: Climate Smart Business Inc.
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy 

 

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2021
Minjeong Park

This project aims to understand how the City of Kelowna has aligned local sustainability efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In conducting Canada's first Voluntary Local Review the project identified localized targets, trends, challenges and opportunities relevant to each of the 17 SDGs. The project highlights the relevance of local governance to meet global goals through local action towards a more in inclusive, resilient and sustainable society.

Partner: British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2021
Jonah Erickson

The purpose of this project was to support the long-term vision of the South Vancouver Food Hub by exploring the food asset landscape in South Vancouver and describing what has made for successful Food Hubs in Canada. The report focuses on the current barriers, trends and gaps in food spaces and programs and the best practices in food hub design.

Partner: South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
Keywords: food systems, social sustainability

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2021
Shanti Thurber

This project aims to visually communicate the importance of restoration work completed throughout the Lower Fraser River region. Visualization of restoration efforts such as this may increase public support and capital investment for restoration efforts in the region. The Sturgeon Bank Sediment Enhancement Pilot Project was utilized as a demonstration project, illustrating the opportunity to improve community resilience and ecological health at Sturgeon Bank.

Partner: The Rivershed Society of BC
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems

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2021
Lexi Maxwell

This project outlines a strategy to help inform Blockchain for Climate Foundation's establishment of a working group to assist in the development of a blockchain solution for the operationalization of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The final deliverable provides an overview of the initiative, as well as key considerations for building flexibility into the working group design by offering different means of engaging with the blockchain solution and offering feedback.

Partner: Blockchain for Climate Foundation (BfCF)
Keywords: international cooperation, climate change mitigation

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2021
Nadine Van Dalen

Through network mapping and primary market research, this project aims to identify gaps and opportunities within the BC textile industry when implementing circular strategies and diverting textile waste from landfills. This report explains the problems the textile industry is facing, why there is urgency to create system level change and what next steps should be taken to act on the insights identified through the research conducted.

Partner: The Leverage Lab
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change,waste management & recycling

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2021
Maria Thorlakson

This project assesses LEAF's certification and auditing process effectiveness in supporting a high sustainability standard by comparing the environmental performance of LEAF certified food service operators to  conventional foodservice operators. A quantitative analysis reveals that LEAF certified operations consistently outperform conventional food service operators in the large majority of metrics assessed; and LEAF certified venues have consistently improved their environmentally sustainable operations over time.

Partner: LEAF
Keywords: food systems, sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling

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2021
Juan D. Martinez

This project aimed to identify methods of addressing, mitigating, and coping with climate grief at the population, community, and individual levels. Of the two reports, one details the ways populations, communities, or individuals may experience climate grief and the wide variety of interventions and strategies that may be used to address climate grief. The other report serves as a toolkit of activities for use with groups and individuals to help them address and cope with climate grief. Link to a related webinar "Mental Health & Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications and Practices."

Partner: Fraser Basin Council
Keywords: social sustainability, mental health, climate grief, climate anxiety, solistalgia

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2021
Judy Wu

This project explores the impact of current land use policy and regulations on the potential for improving the affordability, and increasing the stock of energy-efficient, low-carbon and resilient housing in British Columbia. It focuses on identifying the barriers to resilient multi-family housing, defined here as housing that is designed and managed to decrease vulnerability to climate-related risks such as increased heat, air quality events due to wildfires, and flooding.

Partner: BC Housing
Keywords: ecological systems, green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Gideon Odionu

This project aims to provide valuable insights into Energy Save New West (ESNW), the City of New West’s energy efficiency program progress and future program initiative opportunities for existing homes. Includes a thorough analysis of EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) reports and participant survey data, best practices review of selected US-based energy efficiency programs, and recommendations for the program improvement opportunities to support the City’s energy and GHG reduction targets.

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Sue Youn Chung

With almost 6 billion CAD in assets, 18 billion in planned investments and the recognition of vulnerabilities to climate change, TransLink will need to invest in climate change adaptation actions. This will require securing resources, performing vulnerability assessments using the best standards and including climate change adaptation objectives in TransLink's policies. TransLink will benefit from publishing a Climate Action and Resiliency Strategy to showcase adaptation and mitigation actions.  

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

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2020
Remzi M. Xhemalce Fuentes

The project was commissioned to provide an analytic and synthesized energy poverty profile from the Census 2016 dataset for the City of Abbotsford. This data will help the City develop climate action plans and policies to reduce GHG emissions while providing for vulnerable and marginalized groups affected by blanket energy policy interventions. The report shows significant numbers of senior, lone-parent and racialized households experience energy poverty.

Partner: City of Abbotsford & CUSP
Keywords: green buildings, energy poverty

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2020
Vincent Chireh

The project aims to identify best practices regarding approaches taken by transit authorities for partnering with local and/or senior levels of government to support the success of major transportation investments. Through case study reviews and interviews with practitioners, key takeaways were summarized. The findings from this study may help inform TransLink's approach to future Supportive Policies Agreements, which are called for by the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transit and Transport. 

Partner: TransLink
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation, land use

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2020
Veronica Ardila Vernaza

This project supports greenway planning in Vancouver by providing recommendations for equitable public engagement on greenways. These recommendations are aimed at addressing the City's Equity Framework Commitments. This research identifies that meaningfully advancing the equity of public engagements requires changes to embed equity at the project and institutional level. It concludes with a list of equitable engagement principles and strategies to guide the work of engagement practitioners.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: transportation, equity, public engagement

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2020
Bronwyn McIlroy-Young

This research report supports the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's (VFPA) existing body of work in Indigenous relations by providing an environmental scan of common practices relevant to strengthening port relationships with Indigenous communities. Such research findings will provide VFPA with strategic benchmarks to evaluate progress, identify gaps and opportunities, and inform the development of aspirational goals and objectives.

Partner: Vancouver Airport Authority
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, supply chain management & green procurement 

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2020
Yuki Zhang

This report was authorized by the City of Vancouver Sustainability Group to examine how the Sustainable Commuting Program can encourage City of Vancouver staff to commute more via active transit (walking/cycling) and public transit amidst recent Sustainable Commuting Program expansions, and to recommend ways of properly funding the Sustainable Commuting Program to avoid deficits while helping Vancouver achieve its Climate Emergency goals.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy, transportation

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2020
Kenneth Santos

This project provides a global review of leading practices with respect to circular economy certification practices and applicability for procurement at the City of Vancouver. It includes a summary of a global review and interviews with representative staff at the City of Vancouver responsible for procurement (of products, equipment, infrastructure and services), as well as six recommendations for applying leading new Circular Economy procurement practices within the City of Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling

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2020
Max Cohen

BC's transition to a fossil-fuel-free transportation system brings with it a comprehensive transformation of the transportation sector and is guided and facilitated by multiple government policies. This project focusses on analyzing the suite of policies guiding this clean transportation transition at the city, regional and provincial levels with a view to quantifying changes in demand for clean transportation products; and thus, lay the foundation for a clean transportation market forecast.

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

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2020
Neha Sharma

This research assesses the challenges and opportunities associated with obtaining mandatory home warranty for new multi-unit residential building (MURB) developments that incorporate the following two forms of green rainwater infrastructures (GRI): resilient roofs and/or rainwater harvesting in the City of Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Soraya Sarshar

This project examines alternate compliance approaches for private sites that may face specific constraints for meeting the City of Vancouver's rainwater management requirements. The policy, legal and financial barriers and opportunities for advancing alternate approaches are identified within Vancouver's current context, and successful approaches from Portland, Washington D.C and City of North Vancouver are documented. Possible approaches and next steps are identified for the City of Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: rainwater 

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2020
Sarah Marshall

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