The University of British Columbia (UBC) wanted to create a legacy of real-time reporting for the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) conference. The goal of real-time reporting was to fully understand the sustainability footprint of the ISCN conference and to develop shareable tools to capture, measure and report on the environmental footprint and sense of wellbeing at the conference in real time.

Partner: UBC Sustainability
Keywords: sustainability in education, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Emily Mann

Mental health and resilience have been identified as a priority area for UBC to address in order to become a health and wellbeing promoting university. The purpose of this project was to develop a draft of the action framework for the mental health and resilience priority. The action framework intends to establish a shared vision, working definitions of mental health and resilience, and to synthesize existing strategies, practices, and actions across both UBC campuses.

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

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2017
Michael Jae Song

This report  provides a high-level introduction to community solar gardens, a concept that has proven effective in increasing the accessibility of solar energy in the United States. Best practices and policies from Canada and the US will be explored, including community engagement strategies, project plan, technology evaluation, design and development, and financing options available. This report will also provide an update on the status of the Urban Solar Garden project in New Westminster, British Columbia.

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, green buildings

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2017
Ryan Voon

This report provides City Council and staff with an updated version of New Westminster’s Sustainability Report Card as well as a synopsis of interview feedback. The updated report would be in alignment to various sustainability strategies and plans. In addition, the newly revised report card will be a tool for staff and applicants to engage and encourage responsible practices using a social/cultural, economic, and environmental lens. 

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy, green buildings

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2017
Kai Okazaki

This paper explores how organizations can work to embed sustainability into their corporate culture by learning from the experiences of municipalities and businesses across Canada. The report outlines the best practices for how a municipality can embed sustainability into their corporate culture as well as highlights case studies that showcase local businesses’ sustainability practices and initiatives. 

Partner: Township of Langley
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Christina Treleaven

The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary roadmap that establishes progressive steps to transition to constructing net-zero energy-ready buildings by 2032. The City of Maple Ridge is exploring the potential to use this optional roadmap to encourage more energy-efficient buildings. The key components of this project include: developing possible scenarios for the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code in Maple Ridge; modeling energy and GHG emissions reductions for each scenario; and creating a GHG modelling tool in Excel for development planning purposes.

Partner: City of Maple Ridge
Keywords: green buildings

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2017
Thi Nguyen

Establishing building energy labelling for the multi-family building sector could provide an impetus for more energy efficient design and construction, and greater energy conservation in a building type that is becoming increasingly significant in the Lower Mainland, and across BC and Canada. This report outlines stakeholder perspectives regarding the value and feasibility of developing an energy label which would accurately reflect the energy performance of multi-family buildings.

Partner: UBC Sustainability & Engineering
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Jessica Hayes

Greening medical imaging operations in the Lower Mainland Health Organizations equips practitioners with a course of action to demonstrate their responsibility towards the environment by ensuring that their operational procedures do not hamper the sustainability of the larger ecosystem while promoting the wellbeing of their patients. This report contributes to understanding the contexts of operations in medical imaging departments so as to meet the needs of staff and ultimately improve environmental performance.

Partner: Fraser Health
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling

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2017
Christiana Onabola

Greening hospital pharmacies in the Lower Mainland Health Organizations equips pharmacists with a course of action to demonstrate their responsibility towards the environment by ensuring that their operational activities do not hamper the sustainability of the larger ecosystem while promoting the wellbeing of their patients. This report contributes to understanding the contexts of operations in a hospital pharmacy department so as to meet the needs of staff and ultimately improve environmental performance.

Partner: Fraser Health
Keyword: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling

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2017
Christiana Onabola

The Lower Mainland Facilities Management (LMFM) department manages the facilities of the four health organizations in the Lower Mainland. THis report includes a review of LEED Certification performance for healthcare facilities, identifies the connections between the Healthy Built Environment Toolkit and the LEED V4 for Building Design and Construction (BD+C), and developes a protocol for the post occupancy evaluation of healthcare facilities in the Lower Mainland.

Partner: Fraser Health
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Ghazal Ebrahimi

Many of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks have experienced jumps in visitor counts, indicating an opportunity to purposefully revamp existing amenities that help people enjoy and connect with the natural environment, while also being sensitive to important ecosystems in each park. This report provides a framework to guide the design and planning decisions for several Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to ensure that these sites are fully accessible where possible to those with motor disabilities, so all people have an opportunity to enjoy nature equally.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: ecological systems, social sustainability

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2017
Alexandra Scott

This evaluation assesses the health of the market for municipal organic waste (MOW) compost in Metro Vancouver, and thus the sustainability of composting as a regional organic waste management strategy for Metro Vancouver. 

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

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2017
Meghan McIllfaterick

This report explores the role of the construction renovation and demolition (CRD) sector as a key player in reducing consumption of natural resources and waste production. This report recommends decoupling economic growth from the consumption of finite natural resources by transitioning from a linear to a circular economy.

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

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2017
Fraser Pick

This report responds to the post-truth context by examining how well Metro Vancouver’s social media content is received by its audiences and how much trust citizens place in Metro Vancouver’s messaging—and what can be done to support and extend the existing facts infrastructure based on these findings. Link to a poster about this project (PDF).

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability

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2017
Lois Evans

Metro Vancouver is currently performing condition assessments on gravity sewer mains using closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections. Due to constraints including pipe access and flows, the condition of water mains, forcemains, and marine crossings cannot be easily assessed. This report outlines the condition assessment technologies suitable for Metro Vancouver’s Water Services and Liquid Waste Services linear assets.

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

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2017
Andy Lee

Food waste disposers (FWDs), also known as food grinders, are used for the disposal of food waste by some residents in the Metro Vancouver region. According to a detailed food characterization study conducted by Metro Vancouver in 2014, about 46% of households have FWDs out of which 44% use their FWD on a daily basis. The purpose of this study was to determine the additional organic loading (Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Total Suspended Solids) that FWDs contribute to the wastewater treatment system in the Metro Vancouver region.

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

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2017
Frank Nkansah-Boadu

Metro Vancouver’s Smart Drive Challenge (SDC), pilot program was intended to develop an understanding of how driver feedback could be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through both better driving habits and reduced reliance on automobiles. This study used three regression models: pooled ordinary least squares (OLS), fixed effects and first difference regression modelling techniques, on data collected via onboard data loggers during the SDC program. By using regression models, the effects directly attributable to the SDC can be quantified while accounting for confounding factors such as weather, fuel price and hours spent driving.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: transportation

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2017
Reagan Rockzsfforde

Metro Vancouver’s Smart Drive Challenge (SDC) pilot project used on-board location tracking and “smart” connected feedback technology to determine whether short-term driver training and “smart” feedback can help improve fuel consumption and fuel efficiency, and instil more environmentally-friendly driving habits. The purpose of this Sustainably Scholars project was to analyse and interpret the large amount of GPS and participant-survey data collected through the SDC to determine whether the training and feedback helped drivers change their driving habits and behaviour, and drive less. 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: transportation

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2017
Lena Patsa

This report summarizes and compares tools and methodologies used by air quality and climate change agencies in other jurisdictions when conducting background analysis, consulting on, and drafting their air quality and climate changes plans, programs, and policies. The resulting report will inform the approach taken by the Air Quality and Climate Change division at Metro Vancouver when developing new plans and policies.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Laura James

The goal of this report is to give UBC Properties Trust (UBCPT) an understanding of energy related costs and the rising costs associated with utility consumption in B.C. utilizing a portfolio of buildings currently under the management of Village Gate and Westbrook Properties. This information will help UBCPT to make informed decisions around energy consumption and future retrofits to realize energy cost savings and help UBC meet its greenhouse gas emissions goals. 

Partner: UBC Sustainability & Engineering
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy

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2017
Robyn Gerry

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