Community News Archive

YouthfulCities - ranking cities from the youth perspective

YouthfulCities is a global social initiative working to rank the world's top cities from a youth (age 16 to 29) perspective. The project has involved over 1500 youth participants from around the world, and is currently developing a YouthfulCitiesINDEX, i.e., an index that ranks cities from the youth perspective, which is scheduled to be launched in October 2013.

The FutureSummerland Reel Youth Videos

The Sustainability Solutions Group, partners of CRC Research, recently conducted a community planning engagement process with the District of Summerland that includes the voices of the Summerland youth. Working with youth from Summerland Middle School, Girl Guides, SADI (Summerland Asset Development Initiative) Youth Group and Giant’s Head Elementary, ten animations were produced that capture the younger generation's perspectives on future development in Summerland and related issues in this community.

Redesigning the Future

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Redesigning the Future has just been added as a new video resource to the Interesting Stuff section of the website. This video features a panel of designers from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA), discussing the role cutting-edge design technologies will have in transitioning societies toward a sustainable manufacturing model.

Newgeography Blog is a US-based website developed by Joel Kotkin and Praxis Strategy Group for the purposes of analyzing and discussing the places people work, live and play in the United States (and beyond). not only looks at the current conditions of cities and communities, but also examines how individuals, companies and communities are adapting to changing conditions. The website is interactive, and it invites the general public to share ideas and comment on articles.

A Brighter Tomorrow: LED Street Lighting in British Columbia

On January 28 of 2013, municipalities from across BC came together for the A Brighter Tomorrow: LED Street Lighting in British Columbia workshop hosted in Burnaby, BC. The objective of this workshop was to provide municipalities with a better understanding of the technical aspects of LED technology, of potential procurement and financing options, as well as of the opportunities to build a compelling business case if communities in the Province join efforts.

The Sharing Project

The Sharing Project is a new research initiative that aims to investigate cooperative models for economy by exploring potential for transitioning into a more collaborative, sharing-based economic system, i.e., a sharing economy. Based in Vancouver, BC, this research will explore,

Natural Resources Wales: managing natural resources through the lens of sustainability

Last week, Natural Resources Wales became operational bringing together the previous work of the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment Agency Wales and the Forestry Commission Wales. Sponsored by the Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales will be one of the first public bodies in the world that will manage natural resources in a manner that considers benefits under the three sustainability imperatives: social, economic and environmental.

In the first year of its operation, they aim to,

Put Food in the Budget

We have just added Food Secure Canada's press release page to the Food Security resources section of the Solutions Agenda project. Food Secure Canada is a non-profit organization that contains members across the country, committed to the food security movement in Canada.

Can crowdsourcing save the planet?

Developed through MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Climate CoLab is a project that aims to collect ideas from people across the planet for addressing the critical global issue of climate change.  Climate CoLab provides a forum for the public to submit and / or comment on innovative proposals for climate action.  The strongest proposals are selected as finalists, based on the proposed project's feasibility, novelty, impact on climate change and presentatio

Your Warming World

Produced by New Scientist using data from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Surface Temperature Analysis, Your Warming World is an interactive map that displays global climate data for last century. You Warming World allows the user to select a twenty year period, the earliest being 1893 to 1912 and the most recent being 1993 to 2012, for the purpose of seeing regional temperature changes (using a heat map overlay) in the selected two-decade period.