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

This report includes a life-cycle cost analysis (LCA) of a variety of HVAC systems, including all-gas and all-electric systems. In addition, LCA was applied to a  variety of heat pumps and electric baseboard heaters to understand their performanice in different climage regions in B.C. The cost-effectiveness of solar panels for powering HVAC systems were also reviewed.

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

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2020
Taha Mohebbi

The purpose of this project was to research the many opportunities that building automation systems (BAS) offer in reducing a building's GHG emissions. The report includes research on how to implement a recommissioning of the BAS in four City of New Westminster civic buildings; City Hall, the Police Building, the Library, and Century House.

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

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2020
Annie Dahan

This project aims to identify housing characteristics and demographic groups that are more likely to experience energy poverty compared to those who do not experience energy poverty in the District of Saanich. It includes key takeaways and energy goals that will centre equity in climate plans, policies, and programs.

Partner: District of Saanich & CUSP
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Mark McNaughton

This project focuses on understanding the potential role of local contractors in the City of Kamloops in encouraging homeowners to undertake energy retrofits during home renovations. The work includes a jurisdictional scan to understand other retrofit programs, quantification of net emissions reductions produced by various retrofit measures, and the results of a survey of contractors to understand what to include in a new retrofit action plan for the City. 

Partner: City of Kamloops
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability

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2020
Priyadharshini Krishnan Ponnammal

A lack of local Energy Advisors (EAs) is one of the main barriers to adopting the Energy Step Code in smaller and remote communities in BC. This project explores and analyzes local EA capacity, context, and gaps in rural and northern communities in BC. Recommendations include strengthening outreach activities, designing targeted incentive programs, and facilitating and subsidizing EA training for building officials and others in the building industry.  

Partner: Community Energy Association
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Zeynya Alemayehu

The BC Energy Step Code (ESC) is widely being used as a policy tool to reduce the operational emissions from buildings. This research evaluates the embodied emissions of single-family houses built at various levels of the step code. The contributions of increased insulation and low-carbon mechanical systems are studied. Results show that the embodied emissions of a Step 5 house can be up to 67% higher than a similar Step 1 house.

Partner: City of Richmond
Keywords: green buildings, sustainability in education, sustainable development & green economy 

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2020
Riya Tolia

This project aims to inform how Whistler is delivering on its sustainability goals, provides the foundation for ongoing energy management and climate mitigation efforts, and focuses efforts where the most impact can be achieved. The project included annual corporate and community GHG and energy datasets, the annual CARIP survey and an annual GHG and energy inventory report. The report summarizes Whistler's 2019 GHG emissions and energy consumption and contains a quarterly update of Whistler's Community Energy and Climate Action Plan.

Partner: Resort Municipality of Whistler
Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions

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2020
Maria Thorlakson

This project investigates strategies to minimize embodied carbon in the construction of Vancouver's single-family homes. It includes three homes, all built to the Passive House standard, and assesses the suitability of three embodied carbon calculation methods. The results will guide building industry professionals towards a greater understanding of embodied carbon, how to calculate it, and how it can be reduced through careful consideration of construction materials and structural features.

Partner: ZEBx
Keywords: green buildings

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2020
Oriana Vanderfleet

This project aims to improve secondary disinfection (drinking water re-chlorination) practices to ensure high drinking water quality throughout Metro Vancouver and optimize resource use in the disinfection process. The report includes an analysis of historical drinking water quality trends, identification of areas potentially vulnerable to water quality decline, and suggestions for improving current re-chlorination practices in the context of resource management and potential future trends in water quality.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: water

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2020
Tracy Wang

This project details the types of vegetative debris generated by agricultural production, and relevant management strategies used in the Metro Vancouver region. The broader project goals included  consideration of the impacts on local agricultural producers and enhancment of environmental health. The report presents an inventory of agricultural vegetative debris, details of common waste management strategies, a summary of current barriers to recycling or reusing this debris, and opportunities for utilizing waste reduction technology.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: food systems, waste management & recycling

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2020
Amy Sigsworth

This project aims to inform and support visitor use management planning for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks in order to sustainably manage park visitors, visitor experiences and natural and cultural resources. The report discusses methodologies used for measuring and establishing carrying capacity of parks and a set of case studies highlighting best practices, informed by conversations with park managers and planners in the country and beyond, and on a review of relevant scientific literature.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: ecological systems, social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy

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2020
Hyeone Park

Urban stormwater runoff is a complex mixture of pollutants originating from rooftops, pavement wear, tire wear, spills and leaks, organics from birds or animal wastes, and other chemicals. Traditional filtration and infiltration media-based stormwater treatment systems can be improved by using engineered media like activated carbon and biochar. This project explores the current state use of research on the pollutant removal efficiencies of these media and their application on field.  

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, water

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2020
Archita Borah

The literature and practices to do with green infrastructure (GI) and source control (SC) measures are continuously evolving. This project reviews the information gaps and new research and guidance on the six source control measures noted in the Metro Vancouver's Stormwater Source Control Design Guidelines (SSCDG) and sheds light on emerging source controls identified through a reviow of the literature review and local site visits.
 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, water, urban sustainability

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2020
Farah Rawas

This project aims to determine the sources of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and better understand the environmental effects of microplastics when biosolids from WWTPs are used as a soil amendment. A database was generated, listing businesses that are likely contributors of microplastics to WWTPs in Vancouver. The database ranks those businesses in order of priority for intervention by Metro Vancouver.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: water, microplastics

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2020
Erin Evoy

The goal of this project is to identify potential significant dischargers within Metro Vancouver that could impact sewerage area infrastructure and/or the environment. A database of businesses was created based on discharge risk potential for parameters of interest. This database will facilitate investigation of unusual events and aid enforcement efforts by highlighting potential dischargers that may be required to have a waste discharge permit.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: waste management & recycling, water 

 

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2020
Sean Mercer

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