The purpose of this research is to better understand the breadth and depth of relationships and networks that coordinated actions across multiple sectors during extreme heat events (EHE) in South Vancouver and Marpole. Both neighbourhoods are disproportionately impacted and vulnerable to EHE. The social network analysis demonstrated that neighbourhood level networks of place-based organizations are the most effective in addressing EHE in a quick, coordinated and community-based manner.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, climate resilience social sustainability

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2023
Rajpreet Sidhu

Funder: Sitka/FERC, Partner: Sierra Club BC

2023
Jessica Groat

This project provides insights for the optimization of the City of Vancouver leaf collection seasonal program in anticipation of climate change effects on vegetation. It includes spatial suggestions and a phenology calendar relevant to adjusting Service Operations logistics according to the timing of deciduous trees’ foliage shedding. Analyzed information is based on the tree species abundance, canopy density, and species-specific information on physiological responses to climatic changes.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: biodiversity, waste management & recycling, urban forestry 

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2023
Paulina Vazquez Quintana

This project studied 6 retrofit programs from British Columbia to present them as case studies to highlight their evaluation methods, success factors, energy savings, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction amounts. Based on these case studies, this project discussed the recommended evaluation methods and set of success factors that can represent the program's overall achievements. This study will help practitioners to design a successful retrofit program based on the study findings.

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

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2023
Jannatul Ferdous

This project aims to establish a framework for the Indigenous-focused Climate and Energy Resilience Capacity-building programs within the Fraser Basin Council (FBC). This project introduces three Centre for Economic Research and Capacity Building (CERCB) programs with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and facilities the alignment of these programs through six UNDRIP parameters. These parameters are distilled from UNRP principles, a review of related literature, and input derived from interviews with Indigenous leaders, FBC staff, and stakeholders. The results of this project inform the proposal for a UNDRIP Compliance Measurement Toolkit for evaluation.

Partner: Fraser Basin Council Society
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy  

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2023
Sopuruchi Christian

This project actively investigates the constraints that contractors face while implementing efficient residential retrofits. It analyzes and identifies these hurdles. Furthermore, it offers practical recommendations and solutions to alleviate these constraints, ultimately boosting the efficiency of residential retrofit projects. The research actively contributes valuable insights to the construction industry, enabling more successful and sustainable retrofit initiatives in the future.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: green buildings, carbon reduction

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2023
Zain Husain

False Creek, the jewel of Vancouver, is at a critical crossroads that necessitates strategic and comprehensive environmental stewardship. This project employed a multi-phase methodology to explore avenues for transitioning False Creek's marine ecosystem from a state of survival to thriving. The focus centred on deriving learnings from the efficacy of successful models/practices, as well as insights from a diverse range of stakeholders, including NGOs, government agencies, and local residents.

Partner & Funder: False Creek Friends Society
Keywords: ecological systems, leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2023
Yash Mehta

On a global scale, Indigenous peoples are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, largely due to their close relationship to and reliance on traditional lands. This paper introduces nature based solutions (NbS) as they pertain to flood management across the Fraser Valley. Topics reviewed include: current state of flood infrastructure, regional flood strategies, nature-based solutions, organisations that support flood resiliency. The report includes a feasibilty map and a discussion of natural asset management and ways it can be Indigenized.

Partner: Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre (SRRMC)
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: ecological systems, water, flooding, Indigenous, biodiversity  

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2023
Tirath Dave

This project aim was to assess frontline healthcare worker knowledge and readiness to participate in low-carbon, low-waste, high-quality sustainable practices at BC Cancer. A community assessment was conducted through a qualitative approach to quality improvement. The initiative resulted in recommendations for effectively engaging clinicians in sustainability practices such as the need to implement green policies, nurture a positive culture, involve patients, and encourage staff empowerment.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Funder: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Keywords: clinical engagement, low-waste, low-carbon, sustainable practices

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2023
Eunice Bawafaa

This research examines climate change adaptation through nine case studies from the Global South, showcasing community-based and systemic strategies against challenges like floods and wildfires. It highlights the importance of addressing power imbalances, international partnerships and valuing diverse knowledge. The study also delves into Canadians' openness to global insights, especially during the COVID-19 era. Furthermore, it examines Canada's institutional transition from mere aid provision.

Partner: BC Council for International Cooperation
Funder: UBC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, adaptation, resilience, knowledge creation and collaboration

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2023
Neftali Hernandez-Martinez

Environmental racism is contributing to widening health disparities in cities globally, including Vancouver. This report explores the historical and current impact of structural racism on the distribution of environmental hazards in the city. It highlights concerning correlations between high temperatures and visible minority populations, particularly in South Vancouver and the east/southeast areas. The report underscores the need for further analysis to understand the health outcomes of these exposures.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability  

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2023
Federico Andrade Rivas

This project seeks to understand how NatureKids BC, a nature-based youth organization, affects its child and adult members. We asked whether and how it is achieving its program goals of fostering love and curiosity for nature. The program effects were measured using a combination of quantitative measures, and qualitative surveys and interviews. The qualitative results suggest that the impact of the NatureKids BC program impacts aligns with its organizational goals.

Partner: Young Naturalists' Club of British Columbia Society
Funder: Young Naturalists' Club of British Columbia Society
Keywords: sustainability in education, youth development, program evaluation 

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2023
Amy H. Bu

The aim of this project was to develop a curriculum framework to educate and inform Vancouver Coastal Health food services staff on sustainable food practices that also support cultural safety and environmental health in hospital food outlets. Interviews, both informative and exploratory, were conducted with food service directors and staff. The responses guided development of a draft curriculum framework. Recommendations include suggestions for further related research.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Funder: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Keywords: food systems, supply chain management & green procurement, waste management & recycling  

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2023
Patricia Unung

This project's goal was to create an exhibit based on a holistic understanding of the health of the lower Fraser River adjacent to the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC). The exhibit implements a multisensory mode of inquiry and will replace the current water health exhibit. Research conducted included a literature review and interviews and consultation with the Musqueam Environmental Stewardship Department.

Partner: Fraser River Discovery Centre Society
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: ecological systems, sustainability in education, water

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2023
Samuel Kohlmann

This report evaluates the potential benefits of replacing paper shelf labels with electronic shelf labels (ESLs) in the Canadian retail sector with respect to GHG emissions. The research assesses the impact of adopting ESL in retail stores across Canada. Data collected from research estimates the total paper consumption within the industry.

Partner: Smart Label Solutions Inc.
Funder: Smart Label Solutions Inc.
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, waste management & recycling, sustainability practise 

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2023
Sidharth Kwatra

This project aims to provide a review of the current operations at selected VCH facilities and recommend practical strategies to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of HVAC systems. Maintaining good indoor air quality at each facility is also of paramount importance to safeguard the well-being of occupants. The recommendations consider both the emission and air quality aspects and inform building operation protocol updates and retrofit efforts.

Partner: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Funder: Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)
Keywords: energy efficiency, health care facilities  

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2023
Shuoqi Wang

The Climate-Kind Pedagogy framework offers an interdisciplinary approach to climate education that goes beyond Western ideologies and embraces alternative worldviews for effective and inclusive climate education. The aim of the project is to establish an adaptable framework and toolkit for educators to increase learner engagement with and awareness of the climate emergency.

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

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2023
Zahira Tasabehji

This project aims to identify actions for the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) to undertake, to develop a heat event response as well as longer-term actions to support climate justice and equity goals by relationship-building with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). Suggestions include actions on land use, policy change, relationship-building, internal work to reflect and un/learn at UNA, and quick actions to bolster indoor and outdoor public spaces in UNA neighbourhoods during heat events.

Partner: University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA)
Funder: UBC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change  

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2023
Jocelyn Brady

The project is focused on understanding how collaborative efforts can be improved to enhance and restore the interconnected systems of the Boundary Bay Basin that lies within the unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation and straddles the Canadian and US border. It provides recommendations on best practices and suitable approaches to advance collaboration on efforts that include enhancing water quality and restoring traditional harvesting practices.

Partner: Fraser Basin Council Society
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems  

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2023
Bryce Henney

The project strives to develop an inventory of "large" buildings (over 25,000 sq. ft.) in Metro Vancouver. The inventory includes key building attributes, such as occupancy type, year built, gross floor area, etc. This inventory is pivotal for various actions in the Clean Air Plan (2021) and Climate 2050 Buildings Roadmap. The project contributes to emissions reductions by allowing targeted programs and policies based on the existing building stock.

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

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2023
Bidhan Bhuson Roy

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