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.
In preparation for the World Urban Forum (WUF), the Government of Canada, IBM and UN HABITAT sponsored a unique web based consultation. The three day event involved over 39,000 participants from all over the world, of whom over 70% were youth, grassroots women and slum dwellers who provided input to the WUF Agenda and generated dialogue about how to move from ideas to action. Following the JAM, SCI analysed over 4000 pages of transcripts from the on-line dialogue and identified some of the best "actionable ideas", and produced a book that was provided to all 10,000 WUF3 participants.
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.
Whistler: Youth Engagement in the Official Community Plan
In Whistler, Sustainable Cities supported the Resort Municipality to engage young people in the update process to their official community plan. The project began with a two day workshop to build a sense of team among members of the newly formed Youth Advisory Group (YAG), a group made up of students from the local high school. The workshop also focused on training YAG members in peer to peer asset mapping and beginning the process of youth engagement around key themes of the Official Community Plan: Housing, Economic Development and the Natural Environment. Over the course of two months, the YAG reached out to their peers in classrooms and through lunch time drop-in mapping sessions. The input from this process was summarized and presented to Council.
Mapped! Vancouver's Youth Asset Mapping Project
In partnership with the City of Vancouver, Sustainable Cities led an initiative to map youth assets in Vancouver. This project responded to a need identified by youth and youth services providers for a central hub of information on youth services and resources in Vancouver. The project also focused on building connections and networks within the youth service community in Vancouver, while building the leadership and facilitation capacity of youth.