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 research project involved a literature review to develop several case studies of collaborative flood management governance regimes that proactively consider climate change, ecosystems, food security, indigenous rights, and flood risk. To present valuable experiences from real-world case studies, the research reviewed several promising integrated floodplain management programs and some associated projects, such as a agricultural floodplain pilot, levee setbacks, and tidal marsh restoration.

Partner: Resilient Waters
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, flood risk, indigenous rights

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2022
Saeed Mohammadiun

The purpose of this project was to help develop sustainable supply chain strategies for Herschel Supply to minimize negative and create positive impact for the planet. The work included: 
1. Assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with scope 1, 2, 3 data, and creating Science Based Targets (SBTs)
2. Completing the Higg-Index Brand & Retail Module (Higg-BRM) using the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's (SAC) Higg-Index tools and present action plan 
3. Review and presentation of the latest industry trends in sustainable practices and innovations in fashion and retail spaces

Partner: Herschel Supply Co.
Funder: Herschel Supply Co.
Keywords: supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable fashion, carbon reduction strategies

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2022
Namrita Lamba

This project aims to identify low-emission alternatives to open burning of residential vegetative waste and discourage burning of yard waste among residents outside the urban containment boundaries of Metro Vancouver because of the health and air quality implications of burning. The fire bylaws in most municipalities focus on fire safety more than air quality and limit burning to wet seasons which adversely affect air quality.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, Residential Vegetative Waste, Yard Waste Management, Green Waste

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2022
Monday Michael

This project aims to raise awareness about climate risks and adaptive actions to the general public of Northeast British Columbia, and equip local governments in the Northeast with knowledge surrounding climate change communications and engagement. It has two primary outputs: (1) a virtual climate change engagement best practice overview, including engagement tools, considerations for communication, and case studies; and, (2) a virtual engagement pilot project carried out within Dawson Creek, BC.

Partner: Fraser Basin Council
Funder: UBC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2022
Giulia Belotti, Margaryta Pustova, Madelaine Parent

The City of Vancouver is committed to ensuring that all people -- including members of marginalised communities -- can have a safe, accessible, and comfortable experience at voting places. This project supports that goal by identifying barriers to voting, determining best practices for reducing these barriers, and outlining opportunities for improving the voting experience in Vancouver, in addition to the development of a training module for election workers.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, social sustainability

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2022
Isabel Chew

This project aims to identify how climate change will alter the Fraser River estuary and the effects this will have on the Pacific salmon species that inhabit it. Climate indicators relevant to salmon populations are identified and analyzed for trends through time to understand the potential impact on salmon.

Partner: Pacific Salmon Foundation
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, water 

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2022
Ian Chambers

This project aims to improve existing approaches in the international development sector to strategy development. It identifies evidence-based approaches to organizational and programmatic strategy development that is aligned with feminist principles, such as inclusion and decolonization. This report highlights the key findings from this work, based on an environmental scan of theoretical frameworks, existing tools and approaches  as well as key informant interviews with practitioners.

Partner: Kore Global
Funder: Kore Global
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, gender

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2022
Hilal Kina

This research analyzes the emission reduction progress of ten selected communities in the province of British Columbia by using energy, solid waste, and transportation data. This project aims to quantify community GHG emission reduction targets, and offer recommendations to strengthen the ability of local governments to enhance communities' capacities to meet their GHG reduction targets and support organizations to model energy and emissions effectively.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation, Greenhouse gas emissions

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2022
Hana Nguyen

This project aims to quantify the market readiness of zero emissions vehicles for use in government fleets. The tool that was developed assigns a market readiness score at the vehicle class, manufacturer, and model level. The tool was developed to be be easily updated as zero emissions vehicles evolve. This is in support of Metro Vancouver's Clean Air Plan, which was developed to map their path to zero fleet emissions.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keyword: supply chain management & green procurement, transportation

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2022
Daniel Stauft

Different types of windows have different environmental impacts. However, research contrasting embodied carbon emissions of traditional windows such as aluminum versus innovative materials such as fiberglass is lacking. This project evaluated the global warming potential of fiberglass windows manufactured by Cascadia Windows and Doors; reviewed and listed the GWP of traditional windows production reported in the environmental product declaration; and compared the results.

Partner: Cascadia Windows Ltd.
Funder: Cascadia Windows Ltd.
Keywords: green buildings, social sustainability, supply chain management & green procurement

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2022
Shiva Zargar

This project aims to assess and compare the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of heavy-duty freight and equipment vehicles fueled with electricity, hydrogen, and renewable diesel. The vehicle and fuel supply chain emissions are assessed separately and combined together for a holistic evaluation. Alternative fueled trucks can reduce life cycle emissions compared to conventional diesel trucks. Suggestions are provided for wide-scale implementation of alternative fueled heavy-duty trucks in the future.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: climate action, climate mitigation, zero emission vehicles, transportation, life cycle analysis, alternative fuels

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2022
Sandun Wanniarachchi

The goal of this project was to determine where to build new public drinking fountains in the City of Vancouver. It achieved this by way of a GIS map showing access to public drinking water across Vancouver. Analysis of spatial data yielded 29 potential sites for priority construction, as well as 18 secondary sites for further consideration. This report recommends building a total of 47 new drinking fountains to ensure equitable access to drinking water for all Vancouver residents.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: clean water, climate adaptation, healthy city, water

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2022
Nick Gandolfo-Lucia

The purpose of this project was to enhance knowledge of operational sustainability activities by conducting an audit of current practices to identify and assess areas where the West Vancouver Police Department (WVPD) may implement sustainability practices. Includes recommendations and and implementation schedule for decreasing vehicle emissions, adopting green procurement procedures, and promoting recycling to minimize waste in the WVPD. 

Partner: West Vancouver Police Department
Funder: West Vancouver Police Department
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, supply chain management & green procurement, waste management & recycling

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2022
Nazli Cicekci

Vancouver Park Board is encouraging residents across the city to engage in environmental action through the recreation sector. Environmental programming offered at Vancouver community centres, however, is currently limited. This report outlines the importance of environmental action at the grassroots level to cultivate a sustainable and equitable future. Examples of recreation-based environmental programs from other jurisdictions are featured for the Park Board to reference to promote action.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: access to nature, active transportation, climate action, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education 

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2022
Natalie Cappe

Grassroots organizations are well-known for their role in directly addressing the needs and interests of equity-seeking groups. Yet, research has shown that large-scale non-profit organisations usually receive more support and higher amounts of grant funding than those organizing at the community level. This project aims to understand how the City of Vancouver can better foster broader community well-being by supporting grassroots community organizing practices.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: equity, diversity, inclusion, healthy city, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, Grassroots Organizations

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2022
Natacha Monestel Mora

The City of Vancouver is in the process of developing a living roof webpage as part of the implementation of the Rain City Strategy. This report aims to provide support for the development of a living roof webpage, design guidelines and standard design drawings to improve public engagement and knowledge sharing. The report provides suggestions on webpage design, layout, and content, design guideline structure and a list of typical drawings. 

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: clean water, climate adaptation, green infrastructure, green buildings, sustainable development & green economy, water

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2022
Michael Peterson

Marine conservation and public engagement, until recently, have been conducted as separate entities. This report aims to highlight nuanced global best practices for re-incorporating community stewardship as a critical strategy in urban marine conservation. Spotlighting False Creek, Vancouver, this report also piloted seven marine-focused engagement strategies. The results will contribute to the False Creek Friends Society's long-term goal of establishing an urban marine park within False Creek.

Partner: False Creek Friends Society
Funder: False Creek Friends Society
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainability in education, water

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2022
Maggy Spence

The guide takes a holistic approach by considering how buildings, infrastructure and land use can work together to create resilient communities through a low carbon resiliency (LCR) lens. LCR is the intersection between climate change mitigation and adaption measures that maximize co-benefits to communities. A compilation of existing research, policy examples, and case studies combined with stakeholder interviews provide recommendations on how local governments can rebuild better.

Partner: Community Energy Association
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: ecological systems, green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2022
Lorena Polovina

BC Nature is a federation of over 50 nature clubs throughout BC, and one of its main purposes is to support the work and goals of those clubs. Many of the clubs in the Lower Mainland conduct similar invasive species management activities, however, currently there is not enough communication and no collective strategy amongst them. This report identifies club actions that are benefiting species at risk and proposes collaborative projects with potential funding opportunities in the Lower Mainland.

Partner: BC Nature
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological management, restoration

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2022
Kephra Beckett

Settler colonial-capitalist policies have reduced the ability of Indigenous peoples to harvest foods from and enact food sovereignty within the Fraser River estuary. This report explores the repercussions of environmental change on traditional foods in the estuary, focusing on pollution, invasive species, and climate change. The report culminates in recommendations to support healthy habitat for traditional food species and recommendations for collaborating with Musqueam on food sovereignty.

Partner: Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: ecological systems, food systems, social sustainability

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2022
Katharine Baldwin

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