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Posted June 15, 2018 by Hilary Leighton
High Line, New York

Only three days into the Sustainable Community Development residency and it is already clear that the experience is both amazing and daunting. Our CityStudio project is on housing affordability. Some of us know a little something about the topic but others are delving into it for the first time. Definitions plague us. Does this mean homelessness? Are we in a position to contribute to this seemingly massive issue?

Posted June 7, 2018 by Erin Edwards
RCBC Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Zero Waste Conference held in beautiful Whistler, BC. The Zero Waste Conference and Trade Show is a premier networking and education event hosted annually by the RCBC. Each spring, the three-day conference draws more than 300 industry professionals from the government, non-profit and business sectors.

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Posted May 31, 2018 by Rick Kool
Vancouver Island

I’ve been thinking a lot about islands. I love islands, and have spent most of my life being very aware of the blue boundary that separates me from the mainland. I think about islands because it seems to me that islands would be natural laboratories for investigating sustainability, in the sense that sustainability leads one to think about limits and about boundaries, about living within the means of nature to both provide resources and remove wastes.

Posted May 24, 2018 by Jaime Clifton
Nature Images

Drs. Jaigris Hodson, Ann Dale and Brigitte Petersen just published a new article in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. Entitled, The Instagram #climatechange Hashtag Community: Does It Impact Social Capital and Community Agency?, this study explores the potential for Instagram to inspire meaningful action.

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Posted May 17, 2018 by Ann Dale

Have you ever wondered when you drive through poorer communities, why there are so few trees, such little green space, as contrasted with wealthier communities? Spatial justice, a concept originally proposed by David Harvey and Edward Soja, integrates the concept of space into social justice. The organization of space is a critical aspect of human societies and reflects what we value and influences social relations (Henri Lefebvre, 1968, 1072).