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Goree Island Composting Project, Dakar

goree1This project is transforming micro-gardening in the district through the repair and redesign of an unused system of sorting and composting. The project includes all levels of participants in households, schools, public institutions and commercial infrastructure. It is a partnership with the municipality and a local NGO partner, Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU).

Using community surveys, much effort was made at the outset of this project to understand the perceptions and needs of the public related to micro-gardening and composting. Outreach activities also played a key role in preparing the community through information sessions and public meetings. Through these activities a full appreciation of the needs and potential outcomes of the project developed.

Training in waste separation has involved approximately 150 of the 200 households on Goree Island.

Cities Planning for Long-term Sustainability (citiesPLUS)

In 2002-3, nine cities from Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, India, Argentina, China and the USA/Mexico, participated in a unique international design competition to develop 100–year plans that would lead to urban sustainability. Sponsored by the International Gas Union (IGU), the competition was inspired by the need to encourage cities to consider the transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to one based on alternative energy sources.

Desert Living Centre

The Desert Living Center was created to show Las Vegas residents how to conserve water and live sustainably in the desert. To make sustainability relevant and engaging, this resource centre was built using LEED certification, and the museum provides visitors with the knowledge and tools to inspire and empower them to make lifestyle changes for a sustainable future. The Center includes a series of large galleries which take different approaches to demonstrating sustainable design. Exhibits illustrate the benefits of recycling, conservation and alternative energy sources in a fun and interactive environment for adults and children of all ages.

Comox - Helmcken Greenway

Sustainable Cities International was contracted by the City of Vancouver to engage youth in grades 1-12 in imagining what the Comox-Helmcken Greenway should look like. The proposed greenway runs from Stanley Park to Yaletown in downtown Vancouver and is meant to encourage active transportation and community connections along the route. In partnership with Social Policy at the City of Vancouver, SCI designed four different workshops to be delivered to grades 1-3, grades 4-7, grades 8-12 and ESL respectively.