Our knowledge and work with communities informs decisions on policy, programming, land-use and urban design, with an aim towards improved sustainability, quality of life and health outcomes for citizens and ecosystems.
Our approach is to “meet people where they’re at”. Through community dialogue, quality on-line participation, having a presence at community events and advertising creatively, we engage and empower a broad spectrum of society – not just the usual suspects.
Modelling the possibilities helps us make informed decisions. Our sophisticated, open-source modelling produces scenario options for achieving sustainable community futures, whether they’re climate, economic or land-use related.
Almost everything we do has a climate change focus. We work with communities to make policy, programming, land-use and urban design decisions, with an aim to improve sustainability, quality of life and health outcomes for citizens and ecosystems.
We work with farmers and local governments to understand and improve the agricultural landscape. Food security, urban gardening, value-added products, natural hazard response, import/export challenges, local markets – we consider all factors in making agricultural efforts work for farmers and their communities.
With a focus on rejuvenation, interaction and ecosystems, our work focuses on rehabilitating derelict sites, designing neighbourhoods for everyone, and integrating nature in our experiences of a place. Technical and personable thinking get us to neighbourhoods people never want to leave.
We pioneered LEED in Canada with a series of green building firsts and we wrote the Facilitation Guide for Integrated Design Practitioners. We know a holistic approach to building design and construction that considers costs, users, site and neighbourhood results in beautiful, comfortable, sustainable buildings.
We work with all campus levels, from governance to operations to student experience. Audits, energy and emissions modelling, land-use assessment, building energy assessments, indicator development and campus engagement are all part of our campus sustainability toolkit.
We work with municipalities on next-level engagement and community sustainability policies and projects.
Our models and visualizations illustrate the impacts of land-use options on public health outcomes, giving decision-makers critical information in guiding the future of their communities.
Our work with global partners such as the International Energy Agency ensures we are at the forefront of global practice.
We run a series of cultural events to bring the climate change conversations to a different audience. Follow our Pathway to Paris campaign.