The project is focused on understanding how collaborative efforts can be improved to enhance and restore the interconnected systems of the Boundary Bay Basin that lies within the unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation and straddles the Canadian and US border. It provides recommendations on best practices and suitable approaches to advance collaboration on efforts that include enhancing water quality and restoring traditional harvesting practices.

Partner: Fraser Basin Council Society
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems  

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2023
Bryce Henney

The project strives to develop an inventory of "large" buildings (over 25,000 sq. ft.) in Metro Vancouver. The inventory includes key building attributes, such as occupancy type, year built, gross floor area, etc. This inventory is pivotal for various actions in the Clean Air Plan (2021) and Climate 2050 Buildings Roadmap. The project contributes to emissions reductions by allowing targeted programs and policies based on the existing building stock.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development & green economy  

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2023
Bidhan Bhuson Roy

This report examines the effect of boat disturbances on the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population in the Fraser Estuary. The Fraser Estuary is a vital habitat for SRKWs, but limited information is available on the impacts of small recreational boats in the area. This report aims to provide a preliminary analysis of non-AIS vessel traffic and distribution in parts of the estuary.

Partner: World Wildlife Fund Canada
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, transportation  

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2023
Kim St-Pierre

This project aims to apply a climate justice lens to the goal of heat pump retrofits in UBC neighbourhoods. Includes original data collection and analysis about the community's experience dealing with extreme heat, as well as barriers that are preventing community members from accessing in-home cooling. Recommendations aim to refocus the conversation of heat pump retrofits on those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme heat, and remove barriers to accessing in-home cooling. 

Partner: UBC
Funder: BC Hydro
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2023
Haley Magrill

This report highlights lessons learned from Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in Canada. These identified best practices inform future conservation actions and initiatives to support Species At Risk (SAR) in S'ólh Téméxw (roughly translated to "our land," referring to Stó:lō territory). Lessons include: foregrounding ceremony, choosing strategies according to cultural teachings and ethics, and writing culturally-situated management plans.

Partner: Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: biodiversity, social sustainability

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2023
Michelle Hak Hepburn

Native plants are the cornerstone of life on land, providing enumerable ecosystem services that ensure human survival. But, what role do native plants have in a world where climate change and urbanization have drastically altered native environments. This report presents current peer-reviewed literature on the benefits of native plants in human-dominated landscapes; examines the role of native plants in environmental, cultural, and economic systems; and outlines areas for further research. 

Partner: World Wildlife Fund Canada
Funder: World Wildlife Fund Canada
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, food systems  

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2023
Brontê Mutukistna

This project aims to identify potential residential, commercial and industrial sources that discharge CECs into the wastewater system and compile research on best practice pollution prevention strategies. It compares literature data of four hard to treat CEC classes against the Metro Vancouver wastewater plant data, as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada data. In addition, this study identifies potential CEC contributors in the region and suggests source control initiatives.

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

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2023
Sifat Kalam

This report reviews financial barriers to commercial zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). The City of Vancouver aims to see 50% of all kilometers traveled be zero-emissions by 2030, and decarbonizing commercial vehicles remains a major challenge. Findings suggest governments can do more to increase positive awareness of larger ZEVs, as well as create innovative financial mechanisms to support small business uptake, such as program concierges, tax credits, and new types of loans.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, transportation, financial barriers

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2023
Aigerim Akiltayeva

This research compares one-step versus two-step screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), evaluating health outcomes and environmental effects like greenhouse gas emissions. By innovatively connecting health benefits and ecological impacts, the study provides critical insights that may guide healthcare policy toward more sustainable and effective GDM management. 

Partner: UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (UBC DPLM)
Funder: UBC  
Keywords: waste management & recycling, environmental effects of health interventions

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2023
Mehdi Jafari

The objective of this project is to identify upcoming municipal and non-municipal climate-related initiatives for CityHive youth cohorts to focus on in the next 1 to 2 years. Project outcomes include two living inventories that highlight potential opportunities for youth engagement in the near future. These inventories are the result of comprehensive desk research and semi-structured interviews with staff from municipalities and non profit organizations in Metro Vancouver.

Partner: CityHive Youth Engagement Society
Funder: UBC
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, youth engagement, opportunity windows

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2023
Giulia Belotti

This project involved facilitating and summarizing the findings of the Designing for Flood Resilience workshops aimed at discussing the transition to more sustainable alternatives for flood control infrastructure across the Lower Fraser and its tributary streams. Workshop participants highlighted challenges to moving away from the status quo including access to funding, developing standards and guidelines, as well as achieving collaboration between all relevant stakeholders.  

Partner: Resilient Waters
Funder: UBC
Keywords: water, flood infrastructure

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2023
Mauricio Carvallo Aceves

This project focuses on mitigating the environmental impact of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) marine infrastructures. It analyzes EPS applications, regulations, and current efforts, and aims to recommend sustainable alternatives and strategies for an EPS ban. Promising alternatives are identified through market research, while regulatory review stresses clear definitions. The purpose of this project is to support a targeted campaign to ban EPS in British Columbia through provincial and federal laws.

Partner: Surfrider Foundation Canada Chapters
Funder: UBC (Sitka Foundation)
Keywords: ecological systems, waste management & recycling, water  

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2023
Shengzi (Zoe) Li

This research investigates the challenges and success factors of implementing energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in BC healthcare facilities. It employs mixed methods, beginning with a literature review and interviews involving BC's health organizations and utility providers. Identified barriers span economic, educational and behavioural, technological, and governmental aspects, while success factors include early engagement, robust measurement and continuous optimization.

Partner: Provincial Health Services Authority
Funder: Provincial Health Services Authority
Keywords: energy efficiency, carbon reduction 

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2023
Pooya Pourreza

This report turns the focus inwards on corporate operations and demonstrates how sustainability through business operations can be the key to a durable and long-lasting community. It summarizes promising practices in corporate sustainability into a framework of environmental, social, and economic pillars, and describes potential actions to increase municipal sustainability. It will be used to inform the development of a Corporate Sustainability Strategy for the Township of Langley.  

Partner: Township of Langley
Funder: Township of Langley
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, corporate sustainability 

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2023
Samantha Thyret

The current project investigates the resiliency practices, guidelines, and adaptation strategies prevalent in major transit agencies across North America. In doing so, the project has identified key approaches, which serve as a hallmark for boosting climate resiliency and adaptation efforts in such transit agencies. These key practices provide TransLink the opportunity to design robust resiliency programs, policies, and guiding principles for design and engineering against climate change

Partner: TransLink
Funder: TransLink
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainable development & green economy, transportation  

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2023
Rahul Dutta

This project is based on an environmental scan of documents and frameworks related to Indigenous data sovereignty. This research also reviews current Indigenous data partnerships with a range of organizations and identifies some of the challenges and opportunities in a proposed data governance model.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, Indigenous communities 

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2023
Hilal Kina

In order to understand how Vancouver's public bikeshare system has supported, and can continue to support in the future, the Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP), this study analyzes over 5 million rides to understand rider behavior and offer insight into future improvements to the system based on these findings. In particular, this study investigates the sustainability and equity benefits of both the introduction of e-bikes as well as of the system overall.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver
Keywords: active transportation, equity, diversity, inclusion transportation 

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2023
Madison Lore

This project aimed to bolster clean energy and climate resilience capacity in remote Indigenous communities. By understanding roles, documenting learning options, and identifying gaps it supports BC's CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy. This furthers decarbonization, economic growth, and reconciliation goals. The project informs the province's actions on education and skill development, and fostering sustainable, resilient communities in the face of climate challenges.

Partner: Province of BC
Funder: Province of BC
Keywords: social sustainability, sustainability in education, sustainable development & green economy 

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2023
Victoria Ibiduni Ibrahim

Green Rainwater Infrastructure (GRI) offers a holistic approach to urban stormwater management that aligns with environmental, social, and economic goals. This project aims to envision a toolkit of GRI typologies suitable for rapid transit station locations, creating a more resilient transit infrastructure that promotes climate change mitigation, rainwater and localized flooding treatment to increase the overall public experience and well-being.  

Partner: City of Vancouver
Funder: City of Vancouver & UBC
Keywords: green infrastructure, healthy city, climate resilience, transportation, water 

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2023
Yumeng Liu

This project aims to understand regional park visitors' transportation choices and barriers, in order to motivate a shift toward sustainable mode choices. The report offers diverse recommendations to Metro Vancouver in design, service, and programming initiatives, including last-mile connections, bike facilities, intermodal transfers, and narratives in promotion. The study's findings will inform policies for sustainable, eco-friendly transportation, enhancing nature access and quality of life.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Funder: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: social sustainability, transportation 

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2023
Yiyang Wang

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