The Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services are exploring options to reduce their fuel usage without sacrificing safety or effectiveness of their fleet. This study identified two strategies to explore: expanding the Medic vehicle program and moving some training from Chess Street Training Grounds to “satellite training locations” including Firehalls 9, 10, 15 ,17, 18, and City Hall. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: lighter footprint, transportation

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2014
Bethany Dobson

This report reviews the state of secure bike parking in Vancouver, including a review of the local and regional context, case studies, and best practices. It also provides recommendations for an easyPark pilot bike mobility centre, one of the actions identified in the City of Vancouver’s transportation plan. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green transportation, transportation

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2014
Camille Lefrançois

This report was compiled with the objective of comparing the current practices of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) property office with the disposal practices of other police agencies, as well as best practices in solid waste management. The report then makes recommendations on the opportunities that exist to move away from incineration of unclaimed property and towards options that allow for reuse and recycling. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: zero waste, waste management & recycling

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2014
Christa Brown

Emissions from gas vehicles negatively impact the environmental wellbeing of a city. Green initiatives that aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by replacing ageing internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) with more environmentally friendly alternatives have been launched in numerous municipalities across Canada. The purpose of this project is to examine the feasibility of replacing the ageing 4-door administrative and detective fleet of Ford Fusions with electric vehicle (EV) alternatives at the Vancouver Police Department. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: lighter footprint, transportation

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2014
Daniel Wood

Literature review and case study synthesis on the benefits of heritage building conservation and how sustainability focused strategies may be applied to enhance both environmental performance and heritage conservation.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, green buildings

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2014
Dennis Fan

This project focuses on building neighbourhood social resilience, specifically in regards to emergency preparedness as well as disaster response and recovery, which can be climate-related or otherwise. It includes a literature review, a best practices review, a Vancouver project inventory and a pilot study. 

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

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2014
Eliana Chia

This report serves as a reference document on best practices and policies adopted by other cities to manage on-street parking in residential neighbourhoods. An emphasis is placed on residential parking permit schemes as well as other approaches that facilitate more effective on-street residential parking management. The report concludes by recommending some strategies that may be considered to improve management of on-street parking in Vancouver’s residential neighborhoods. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green transportation, transportation

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2014
Glen Chua

This report explores how multiple Greenest City Action Plan strategies can be incorporated to increase connections to nature in the city within the design of characteristic urban landscapes. The strategies and other initiatives taking place in the city are the basis which informed the designs for a neighborhood park and major boulevard to show how these common urban spaces can bring quality nature experiences into our urban landscape. 

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

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2014
Lindsey Fryett

The focus of the research study was to look at the chemical and physical parameters affecting the corrosion rate of water mains in the City, specifically cast iron water mains. This report contains information relevant for predicting the internal corrosion of cast iron drinking water mains.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, water

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2014
Mehdi Bagheri

The goal of this research is to extend the Campus as a Living Lab concept from the University of British Columbia to a “City as a Living Lab” including developing a roadmap for green innovation and technology demonstration in the False Creek Flats. From a distillation of the research questions, the objectives of this research have been simplified to the following: Identify demonstration sites and green technology ready to be demonstrated; and make recommendations for improvements on the current matching process. 

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

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2014
Paul Save

This report explores the feasibility of converting fieldhouse(s) into place-based environmental education (PBEE) spaces in one or multiple biodiversity hot spots in the city. This research provides recommendations and next stepson three possible PBEE models that integrate urban environmental place-based learning approaches. A critical summary of a sample of Vancouver park fieldhouse locations with indoor and outdoor spaces and ecological surroundings is presented. An overview and assessment of existing environmental education partnerships and resources is also provided.

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

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2014
Rachel Roy

In an effort to encourage more residents and visitors to explore Vancouver on foot, information kiosks, were installed across the city displaying neighbourhood maps and destinations. A pilot project in 2012 informed a system-wide refresh of these kiosks. One of the assets created as a result of this refresh was a custom, digital map of Vancouver. This report identifies opportunities for the new digital wayfinding map with a particular emphasis on its potential to encourage more walking trips throughout the city.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: green transportation, social sustainability

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2014
Robert White

The overarching question of this project is: What is the current state of anaerobic digestion (AD) around the world, and what factors influence the development of these system in urban settings? This report will provide an overview of the feasibility of locating, building, and operating an AD facility within the City of Vancouver, and under what conditions would a system prove most successful. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, waste

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2014
Ryan Davis

To explore options for reducing the health impacts of extreme heat events in Vancouver, the City of Vancouver is undertaking a number of Extreme Heat projects, of which this review is one. The focus of this research is to explore alternative strategies to traditional air conditioning in buildings to address the issue of overheating, with an emphasis on multi-unit residential buildings, and, in particular, retro-fitting existing buildings. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, green buildings

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2014
Cassie Tesche

This report summarizes a selection of City of Vancouver engineering projects to develop a framework to identify lessons learned that are transferable to future engineering projects. The findings are intended to bring improvements to project management practices at the City of Vancouver, and to help develop the language in contracts to improve the social sustainability aspects of projects carried out by private contractors.

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

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2014
Rajesh Sachidanandan

The City of Vancouver is considering the role energy benchmarking of large commercial and institutional buildings could play in supporting energy reductions targeted in existing policy. An initial benchmarking process has been used to identify potential difficulties for a city-wide benchmarking initiative. Challenges encountered and lessons learned have been identified in this document. Examples include methods of obtaining data and data reliability as well as challenges associated with multi-use or multi-building properties.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, green buildings

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2014
James Montgomery

The over-arching goal of this project was to compare single resource versus combined resource Demand Side Management (DSM) Programs, primarily in North America. The research examined the costs and benefits of combined DSM programs, as well as clarifying whether combined DSM programs do indeed provide increased savings for utility providers. Following on from this the hope was to be able to draw on the research findings to inform future DSM program development at BC Hydro.

Partner: BC Hydro
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, water

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2014
Ali Alnaggar

This project was produced for BC Hydro to identify trends that could impact future electricity consumption and effect  meeting their 66% energy savings target. The project involved a high-level scan of a range of social, technological and utility trends, followed by an in-depth analysis of Big Data and Analytics, and Networked Citizens to understand their influence on electricity generation, consumption, and future service provision.

Partner: BC Hydro
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2014
Georgia Piggot

This project was produced for BC Hydro to identify trends that could impact future electricity consumption and effect  meeting their 66% energy savings target. The project involved a high-level scan of a range of social, technological and utility trends, followed by an in-depth analysis of Big Data and Analytics, and Networked Citizens to understand their influence on electricity generation, consumption, and future service provision.

Partner: BC Hydro
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2014
Isabel Barrios

Studies on telecommuting have shown many qualitative benefits, such as increased productivity and improved work-life balance. However, research on quantitative benefits focuses primarily upon the energy and cost savings related to decreased oil consumption from reduced travel distance. The intention of this project was to provide background on current telecommuting and hoteling practices, as well as to investigate the potential energy savings due to the lowered utilization of office space and equipment.

Partner: BC Hydro
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy

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2014
Leslie Mao

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