Centre for Sustainable Communities

creating sustainable communities

What is a sustainable community? How could we create a sustainable community? How do we mobilize our communities and our capital investment? How do we change our behaviour in our individual and community interests? How do we create local food systems, a green economy, and a culture of integrity, contribution, and responsible community behaviour?

The Centre for Sustainable Communities is a community media centre for our community of common enterprise to contribute and explore ideas and opportunities for creative community enterprise around our common interests.

What is sustainable community development
SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development

Considerations, interests, and creative possibilities

A sustainable community is an economically independent community.

A sustainable community is part of and contributes to creating larger communities of creative resources, creative relationships, and creative enterprise.

A sustainable community contributes to creating other sustainable communities and sustainable enterprise.

A sustainable enterprise is a creative enterprise. A sustainable community is a creative community enterprise.

A sustainable community is a self-sustaining community.

A sustainable community is a liveable community.

Building community connectivity

If you asked community leaders to identify their top current social issues, what would they say? In 2011, Vancouver Foundation conducted a survey and found that the biggest concern was a growing sense of disconnection and isolation among people living in Metro Vancouver. That increasingly, beyond a handful of family and friends, we are growing indifferent to each other and we are less engaged in the life of our community.

The Vancouver Foundation is taking a leadership role in creating sustainable social networks that will help rebuild bonds of trust, spark civic engagement, and harness the power of individuals and neighbourhoods to work together to improve their communities.

From Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfast
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver.

Are We Connected? Are We Engaged?
Vancouver Foundation Report

Community

UBC Greenest City Conversations Project
UBC Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

http://www.ires.ubc.ca/2012/11/09/meg-oshea-november-29th/
http://www.ires.ubc.ca/personnel/students/
http://cirs.ubc.ca/research/research-area/modeling-simulation-and-community-engagement

  • Be a world leader in three critical areas of sustainability research: technology, communication, participation and behaviour change, and policy and investment.
  • Make real progress on sustainability in the region and transform the UBC campus into a testing ground for alternative energy sources, and technologies.
  • Be an incubator for sustainability technologies and capitalize on the enormous export potential to enter the trillion-dollar global urban infrastructure market.
    http://cirs.ubc.ca/about/mission-vision-goals

Sustainability Community Breakfasts
2011 Sustainability Congress – Metro Vancouver
Sustainable Cities International
Centre for Interactive Research in Sustainablity
The Building

Sustainable SFU
UBC Centre for Sustainability
SFU Sustainable Community Development Certificate
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

Village Vancouver
Transition Network
Langara College Sustainable Communities
City Studio

SFU City Square

Bill Rees
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

Sustenance Festival

Catherine Clement, Vice President, Public Engagement and Communications
Lidia Kemeny, Director, Granting and Community Initiatives, Vancouver Foundation
Al Etmanski, President and co-founder, Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network; Co-Chair, BC Government’s Advisory Council on Social Innovation
The next Metro Vancouver Sustainability Community Breakfast will take place Wednesday, May 9, 2012 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) downtown Vancouver campus at 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver.

If you asked community leaders to identify their top current social issues, what would they say? In 2011, Vancouver Foundation conducted a survey and found that the biggest concern was a growing sense of disconnection and isolation among people living in Metro Vancouver. That increasingly, beyond a handful of family and friends, we are growing indifferent to each other and we are less engaged in the life of our community.

Join us to hear how Vancouver Foundation is taking a leadership role in creating sustainable social networks that will help rebuild bonds of trust, spark civic engagement, and harness the power of individuals and neighbourhoods to work together to improve their communities.

The Atlantic Cities – Focus:Sustainability

The Power of Community

The Community Solution – how Cuba survived peak oil
The Edible City – good food in San Francisco