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.

Through the Greenest City Action Plan and other strategies, the City of Vancouver strives to provide residents with access to nature. However, access to nature is a subjective experience that is difficult to plan for and measure. This report proposes a definition and mapping criteria for measuring and monitoring access to nature in Vancouver based on synthesized findings from a public engagement survey, interviews, a literature review, and a policy scan.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: ecological systems, social sustainability

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2020
Joanne Fitzgibbons

This report presents regenerative planting design strategies for green rainwater infrastructure (GRI) in the road right-of-way. It suggests that connectivity is embodied by designed plant communities, and that the plant community approach contributes to the vision of the Rain City Strategy. Included are innovative methods, case studies, and conceptual frameworks that have potential to lower maintenance needs while enhancing communities and biodiversity through planting design.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water

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2020
Kendra Scanlon

This project explores behaviour change approaches for a future campaign to encourage the voluntary adoption of operational changes by the grocery retail sector in Vancouver to reduce the occurrence of wasted food and associated GHG emissions. These changes are integral to the City of Vancouver achieving zero waste by 2040 and becoming a leading city in food waste prevention.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: food systems, waste management & recycling

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2020
Kat Jin

This project aims to address the challenges associated with urban freight and last-mile delivery by advancing the City of Vancouver's knowledge of existing loading assets. Includes the development of a framework and pilot for compiling a comprehensive and systematic inventory of both public and private loading facilities as well as a discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and recommendations for a future expansion of the inventory.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: transportation, urban freight

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2020
Jimin Park

This project aims to monitor the early stages of how ride-hailing impacts Vancouver in terms of congestion and climate change. The report recommends policies that the City should consider implementing/adopting by quantifying, at a high level, the early stages of ride-hailing impacts. The work involved qualitative research to investigate curb management, congestion pricing and electric vehicles. The quantitative research is based on 4 months of data from Lyft.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: transportation

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2020
Gracie Pu

This project analyzes how redevelopment may affect changes in the type of businesses that occupy commercial space (e.g., chain vs. independent stores) over time. Through statistical analysis, the study presents findings on business type occupancy, longevity and vacancies to confirm the extent to which new development favours chain businesses. Recommendations include ways the City can better support independent businesses in occupying new commercial retail space.

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

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2020
Tru Taylor

The intention of this report is to provide policymakers with a general framework for approaching walkability, starting with a purely technical perspective and advancing towards a human-centred intersectional approach. The report also reviews the most common tools to measure different dimensions of walkability and explore the general findings of the existing literature. After reviewing this document, readers will know how to measure walkability and the limitations of their chosen methodology.

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

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2020
Jorge Delgado-Ron

Further to the declaration of a climate emergency by the City of Vancouver in 2019, this project aims to contribute towards the work needed to transition the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) to 100% renewable energy by 2030.  The report identifies baseload and peak technologies to further explore in light of the findings. The project involved a global literature review and qualitative interviews with district energy specialists.  

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change

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2020
Alexandra Chapman

This project focuses on the existing electrical system of single-family homes in the Vancouver area and the barriers to adding to the electric load when a system is either outdated or has limited capacity for expansion. It talks about the cost of service upgrades, technical challenges that occur, the benefits of electrifying a home, and potential technological solutions that can manage load demand and reduce energy usage and utility bills.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Shikhar Kumar

The purpose of this project is to understand how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted city-facilitated childcares and to explore opportunities for the City of Vancouver to better support resilience in the non-profit childcare sector. This report includes a literature review of the childcare sector in the current context of the pandemic and an analysis of the interview responses from city-facilitated childcare operators in Vancouver.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, childcare

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2020
Iris Liu

This research project aims to identify the issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they might push people into poverty; and the impact of COVID-19 on people already living in poverty. The report includes several examples of COVID-19 recovery policies and projects being implemented elsewhere that could support people experiencing poverty in Vancouver.

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

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2020
Xinyue Duan

This report analyzes data provided through the HOT2000 program to determine the efficiencies of different typological design decisions seen throughout metropolitan Vancouver and greater British Columbia. It will quantify how different architectural decisions impact energy efficiency, with a focus on TEDI, MEUI, and other costs to the homeowner or builder. These findings will help influence the BC Step Code in regards to how architectural design choices can have an impact on energy consumption.

Partner: BC Housing
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy, step code

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2020
Kieran Mortimer

Metro Vancouver is responsible for monitoring the 60,000 hectares of watersheds that supply Vancouver with drinking water. The report includes an overview of remote sensing approaches used by other organizations, available remote sensing (mostly satellite) products, and a decision tree for choosing the correct product for different monitoring needs. The report also includes a discussion on the application of existing data to assess ecosystem health in Metro Vancouver watersheds. 

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

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2020
Sarah Smith-Tripp

This project supports the planned renewal of the Regional Ground-Level Ozone Strategy (RGLOS) for Metro Vancouver. Specifically, the project investigated the background levels of ground-level ozone from the decommissioned Marine Boundary Layer Station (MBLS) in Ucluelet, B.C. One main focus was to find the underlying trend of background ozone over the seven years of operation of the MBLS after removing for seasonality and other contributing variables.
The project also explored the impact of precursor emissions on MBLS background ozone levels, classified geographic source regions of ozone levels on a given day based on back-trajectories, and compared MBLS to ozone trend levels at other Pacific Northwest monitoring stations.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: air quality 

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2020
Carlina Kim

This report scans the international status of electrification of heavy duty and non-road equipment, such as ferries, buses, trucks, construction equipment, airport ground support equipment, port equipment, and others. It finds that the electrification of these technologies is in its nascent stages but there is promise for many of these categories of equipment to switch to electric power to reduce or eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases and diesel particulate matter.

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

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2020
Narayan Gopinathan

This report highlights the linkages between climate change, mental health, resilience, and community wellbeing. By way of a literature review, this report outlines ways to overcome resilience-building barriers, develops a set of resilience guiding principles, and offers five progressively staged recommendations to assist stakeholders in addressing climate change impacts on community mental health and wellbeing.  

Partner: UBC Climate Hub
Keywords: climate change, mental health, community resilience, climate grief, climate anxiety

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2020
Meghan Wise

This project involves a methods, tools, and best practices review of embodied carbon in airport buildings and infrastructure. The outcome of this project will help to determine how the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) can calculate and reduce the embodied carbon emissions in the development of projects, and how to use this information in making decisions that help the airport address embodied carbon in infrastructure projects.

Partner: Vancouver Airport Authority
Keywords: green buildings, supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy
 

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2020
Aanchal Sharma

Energy benchmarking can be defined as measuring and comparing the energy use of a building to encourage energy efficiency. This report presents a framework of recommendations for a successful regional benchmarking program for complex buildings, specific to the analyzed characteristics of buildings in the capital region of BC. These recommendations consider successful existing policies, recommendations of organizations that promote energy efficiency, and advice from industry professionals.

Partner: CRD
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Christopher Moore

This project aims to provide a pathway for implementation of the Step Code for Part 3 (Non-Residential) Buildings in the Township of Langley. The report includes the results of a jurisdictional scan, a literature review and a survey to understand barriers and challenges. The report also includes an analysis and projections regarding future growth of P3 Buildings in the Township, and provides recommendations, a suggested way forward, and future research directions.

Partner: Township of Langley
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Madhur Motwani

This study explores the trends and barriers in construction of high-performance homes being built in British Columbia. The observed trends in products, solutions, and challenges will inform opportunities to improve the cost-effectiveness of high-performance homes in Vancouver and British Columbia will be used to both building professionals and regulators.

Partner: ZEBx
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Rhianna Lash

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