Through this study, the Park Board is exploring the feasibility of replacing or augmenting the existing vehicle fleet with cargo bicycles. The objectives are to identify parks and golf courses where cargo bicycles can be used, review the available types, technology, and manufacturers of cargo bicycles, review worldwide case studies demonstrating cargo bicycle use for similar operational activities, conduct a survey of relevant staff in selected parks and golf courses, and provide recommendations and considerations for the Park Board.

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

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2017
Filippos Gkekas

It is the intent of this report to provide best practices on stewardship funding models and to identify potential opportunities for funding the stewardship of City owned plazas. Framed as a toolkit this document provides community organizations and City decision makers with models, case studies and ready-to-use tools for supporting the stewardship of our public plazas. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability, green buildings

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2017
Sasha van Stavel

The purpose of this report is to dig deeper into the roots of community engagement and the benefits of spaces such as parklets. Built upon feedback from individuals and groups, the report outlines ways the City can address the big questions parklets may face. Part of the study is to understand how to expand the program to be more accessible to a wider audience and how to increase community engagement. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability

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2017
Celia Winters

Social procurement represents the choice by an organization to embed the achievement of social values into their procurement practices. Increasingly, organizations around the globe are changing their procurement practices in an effort to add social value into contracts.This report includes an examination of the current procurement practices at the City of Vancouver. Additionally, an exploration of the social procurement state of practice globally is conducted by examining the different goals that organizations have identified and the approaches they have taken to achieve them. The report concludes with an overview of the program elements that help ensure the success of a social procurement program and recommendations for future action. 

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

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2017
Dustin Lupick

The Solutions Lab is a new approach to seeking breakthrough, transformative solutions to some of the City of Vancouver’s most complex problems. It is currently in a soft launch stage (phase 2), with core methods, operating model, and appropriate types of Lab challenges and teams all being developed by working on four complex challenges in the Lab context.

The purpose of this report is to share what the Solutions Lab has been doing and why, how we’ve been evaluating our activities, and what kinds of questions could we be asking for the next iteration of the Lab. The hope is that the Solutions Lab will offer City staff and community partners viable ways to reach different kinds of solutions to the sustainability challenges we all face.

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

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2017
Margaret Low

Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a provincially mandated program that is implemented on the municipal level and is activated post disaster to take care of displaced people by providing basic necessities and emergency sheltering. The purpose of this project was to adapt the City of Vancouver’s ESS program to better meet the needs of people with access and functional needs (PAFN) after a disaster. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability

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2017
Marjan Navab-Tehrani

The intent of this research is to better understand how the learnings and successes of other cities can help inform the development of Vancouver’s Poverty Reduction Plan and how existing city- and community-level initiatives in Vancouver can create the necessary foundation for a robust and effective Poverty Reduction Strategy. This report provides preliminary considerations to the City of Vancouver as it prepares to engage communities and move forward on poverty reduction work. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability

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2017
Jessica Hayes

This project examines the impact of design and social programming in sociability of multi-unit housing through a case study of friendly buildings in Vancouver. Our study of 17 multi-unit buildings that were identified as friendly by their residents showed that a combination of design and programming factors are needed to achieve social connectedness among neighbours. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability

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2017
Aylin Tavakoli

This project is about continuing the momentum in collaboratively building social connections across the Vancouver region. The goal was to explore how to build an enduring platform for sustaining and strengthening linkages between various change-makers to create a larger combined impact. The project was sparked by an event called CONNECT: Catalyzing a Social Movement. This report provides a summary of the process, findings, and outcomes of this project. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: healthy city, social sustainability

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2017
Kathleen Heggie

This study is a preliminary attempt to understand the role that small food grocers play in neighbourhood food access. The goal of the project was to develop a typology of grocery stores in the context of the City of Vancouver, to understand resident perceptions of how small grocers contribute to providing healthy, affordable and culturally-appropriate food, and to understand the potential implications of store closures on resident food access.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: local food, food systems, social sustainability

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2017
Ignatius But

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), aims to create a formal program to facilitate partnerships between Vancouver’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and local post-secondary institutions. This report summarizes research completed to date and presents three potential skills-matching programs for VEC to pursue. The trajectory, required resources, business model, and risks are outlined for each option. Recommendations for implementing a more formal VEC Environmental and Social Impact (EASI) Partnerships program are also included.

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

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2017
Kerry Shaw

This framework is a guide for evaluating and monitoring area planning and the resulting development in the City of Vancouver. The evaluation framework provides the City and community with a greater understanding of the pace and alignment of development with community-based City principles and goals. Its purpose is to provide a holistic look at area planning programs, using city-wide goals and targets.

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

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2017
Allison Lasocha

The scope of this project was to research five of the City’s owned and operated theaters collectively known as Vancouver Civic Theatres in the context of the greenest city action plan focusing on waste diversion and sustainable procurement specific to food and beverage. 

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

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2017
Jun Obayashi

The purpose of this project was to explore the influence of campus environments (social, physical, financial, organizational, cultural, spiritual, academic, historical, policy, etc.) on the mental wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty, and to identify system-level strategies for enhancing mental wellbeing. An additional objective for VOICE 4 was to develop a process and framework for policy identification and analysis, and to pilot its use. 

Partner: UBCO: Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention
Keywords: sustainability in education, social sustainability

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2017
Keskine Owusu Poku

VOICE 4 explores the influence of campus environments (social, physical, financial, organizational, cultural, spiritual, academic, historical, policy, etc.) on the mental wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty to identify system-level strategies for enhancing mental wellbeing. This project resulted in the development of a process and framework for policy identification and analysis, and a pilot of its use.

Partner: VP Students
Keywords: sustainability in education, social sustainability

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2017
Alexandria Davis

Graduate students’ relationships with their supervisors and their larger scholarly community at UBC are central to their academic progress, their student experiences, their potential as future scholars, and their overall wellbeing. The goal of this project was to understand the relationship between wellbeing and excellence in the graduate supervision context, identify current challenges to wellbeing within the context of graduate supervision, highlight key resources, professional development opportunities and potential pathway(s) of support, and share preliminary recommendations.

Partner: UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Keywords: sustainability in education, social sustainability

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2017
Jocelyn Micallef

This project aims to research and define kindness contingencies, increase capacity for kindness among students, and liaise with faculty, students, chaplains, and members of faith community in order to further assess barriers to kindness on campus and involve them in the project. This report includes a literature review on kindness and an action plan for kindness week at UBC.

Partner: University Multifaith Chaplains Association
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2017
Sara Thiessen

 SocialSport is an organization that connects newcomer families to sport and leisure programs for their children. The purpose of this project was to develop an evaluation framework for SocialSport.  The first phase involved conducting a literature review of the evaluation tools that were used in measuring integration for immigrants and refugees. The second phase involved conducting a literature review of the impact of participation in sports on the inclusion and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Partner: School of Kinesiology
Keywords: social sustainability

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2017
Wafa Asadian

The aim of the project is to promote walking at UBC by providing a package of resources that encourages members of the UBC campus community to integrate walking into their work or school day. Research to develop resouces was based on textual data from consultations with key stakeholders through one-on-one interviews and facilitated group discussions.

Partner: UBC Recreation
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainability in education

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2017
Devon Harlos

Resident urban Canada Geese were introduced into Metro Vancouver in the 1970s and have thrived in the urban environment. Vancouver and many other municipalities in North America are seeking ways to manage their Canada Geese populations, navigating complex political decisions trying to understand goose behaviours and human behaviours related to geese. The purpose of this report is to summarize the status of resident goose populations in the City of Vancouver and present management options to mitigate impacts from over-abundant geese in parks and other areas. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: access to nature, biodiversity, ecological systems

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2016
Jennifer Rae Pierce

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