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Simon Fraser University - Centre for Sustainable Community Development

The Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) is a teaching and research unit of Simon Fraser University, established in 1989. The Centre uses the resources and talents of the University to teach and encourage sustainable community development (SCD).

SCD is based on a consideration of the relationship between economic factors and other community elements such as housing, education, the natural environment, health, accessibility and the arts. SCD has emerged as a compelling alternative to conventional approaches to development: a participatory, holistic and inclusive process that leads to positive, concrete changes in communities by creating employment, reducing poverty, restoring the health of the natural environment, stabilizing local economies, and increasing community control.

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Fundacion Corona

Over its fifty years of operation in Colombia, Corona Foundation has always focused on strengthening capacities to drive social development, quality of life, and equity.

With the conviction that values, ethics, and commitment should be the foundation's modus operandi, the Echavarría Olózaga family determined that its main objective would be to integrate itself with the community. The foundation would come to distinguish itself for four things: leadership, differentiation, clarity in its value proposition, and a defined field of action.

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Centro Mario Molina

The Mario Molina Center for Strategic Studies on Energy and the Environment is an independent non-profit association, created in 2004 with the objective of giving continuity and consolidating in Mexico the activities that Professor Mario Molina has carried out throughout his life. Its main purpose is to find practical, realistic and in-depth solutions to challenges related to environmental protection, the use of energy and the prevention of climate change, fostering sustainable development.

The Center strives to generate consensus amongst all segments of society, thus enabling the implementation of both technically and economically feasible measures that contribute to social well-being. This implies actions which transcend knowledge-making and involves engaging decision makers to ensure that the Center´s proposals and research turn into real-life solutions.

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Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metals and use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass.

NRCan develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

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Red Ciudades

Las ciudades son una de las más complejas creaciones humanas, y en ellas vive cerca del 80% de la población latinoamericana. En sus espacios se encuentran la densidad con con la diversidad, el orden con el caos, la tradición con la innovación, la comunicación con el anonimato y la inercia con el cambio.

En la Red Latinoamericana por Ciudades y Territorios Justos, Democráticos y Sustentables creemos que la construcción de mejores ciudades es posible, y requiere participación, responsabilidad y acciones colectivas desde los diferentes sectores de la sociedad.


City of Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is aiming to become the Greenest City in the world by 2020, and has introduced an overarching action plan that tackles the areas of carbon reduction, waste management and ecosystem management. Moreover, the city has approved a strategy to accelerate the development and expansion of renewable energy-based district scale heating systems. Vancouver uses building codes and land-use rezoning tools to improve the energy performance of new buildings. The city is engaging experts from across North America as well as local utility partners to develop a robust strategy for city action in this area to explore data, building code, partnership, and financing approaches that may be required for success.

City of Edmonton

The city of Edmonton aims to become a carbon-neutral city by the year 2050. The city has developed an overarching environmental strategic plan that puts energy and greenhouse gas reduction in the focus of the city's measures to reach this goal. Specific measures include the support of mass micro-generation initiatives that aim at increasing renewable energy use – primarily solar systems across Edmonton. First models will be tested at the Blatchford redevelopment, a 30,000 resident community in the city center. Edmonton additionally introduced a green building plan that includes energy labeling and retrofitting measures. Edmonton is developing a large-scale waste-to-biofuel facility that will convert 100,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste into 36 million litres of biofuels annually and help reduce Alberta's CO2 footprint by six million tonnes over the next 25 years.

City of Durban

The City of Durban is putting a strong emphasis on collaboration with industrial partners to foster the establishment of sustainable energy infrastructure in the city. The KwaZulu-Natal Sustainable Energy Forum (KSEF), funded by the eThekwini Energy Office and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) serves as a formal structure that supports sustainable energy projects in the region. Further, the city emphasizes on the implementation of solar energy solutions in residential areas, mostly for solar water heating.

City of Los Cabos

The City of Los Cabos has recently released their new urban development strategy. It introduces key objectives and strategic approaches that include the promotion and utilization of renewable and alternative energy sources for new infrastructural developments, public and private buildings, and touristic resorts. Also, sustainable technology use for the exploitation of natural resources is actively promoted and strategically implemented in the urban development strategy. Los Cabos is working in close collaboration with the Monterrey Institute of Technology on the development and implementation feasibility of a large scale wind park.

City of Zagreb

The City of Zagreb is actively following EU goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation. This includes 20% gross immediate energy consumption from renewable energy sources, 20% reduction of total energy consumption, 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and 10% share of renewable sources used in all forms of transport. Moreover, Zagreb puts a strong emphasis on including citizens in the discourse about renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Annually, the city organizes the Zagreb Energy Week to foster public knowledge, exchange and perception on renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.


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