On October 22, Yuill Herbert and the City of Edmonton’s Abhishek Chakraborti teamed up to deliver a presentation on developing carbon accounting frameworks to manage GHG emissions at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Sustainable Communities Conference. Read more
Kelly Watson is a Research Associate at the University of Manchester. She recently submitted her PhD thesis that investigated how to measure and disseminate the social value of buildings, using methodologies from the social impact sector. Her current post-doc research has developed a wellbeing valuation approach for the built environment, to promote understanding of the impact of design on the people that use it.
Key financial tools in sustainable community development and how to use them
How do you convince your Chief Financial Officer or the City Council that your triple bottom line proposal will benefit the environment, society and the economy?
Mark Pezarro shares several tools and techniques to make a persuasive argument for sustainability in financial terms. This webinar focuses on specific tools and approaches for “making the case” for sustainability projects and introduces real world examples ranging from district energy systems to urban agriculture.
It begins with an overview of key economic and financial concepts for evaluating the financial viability of major capital investments, and then delves into a number of techniques to foster triple bottom line decision making before wrapping up with some examples of how this works in practice.
Watch Part I here and register for Part II here!
Our next Associate webinar is an exciting and fascinating offering, a voice and perception often absent in the climate change discourse. Please tune in to hear Olive share her brilliant work, and if you can’t make it, you can listen to it online from our webinars page. (Please note this session was rescheduled after last week’s audio problems).
Watch Olive’s presentation here and she invites you to continue the discussion if you wish to contact her.
How can environmental practitioners deepen engagement practices to create long-lasting change within communities and organisations?
Emerging psycho-social research points to the powerful influence of emotional and often unconscious responses to today’s ecological realities.
Associate member Olive Dempsey shares findings from her research that outline:
1. A Framework on the Psychology of Environmental Leadership that identifies a set ofDefensive Practices, Emotional Complications and Core Needs at play among those we seek to engage in pro-environmental change.
2. A set of recommendations for holistic and emotionally Intelligent engagement programs that can be applied across multiple sectors to enhance programs and practices.
A very happy New Year to all of you.
To kickstart 2016, we held a webinar with Yuill from SSG and Marcus from WhatIf Technologies who update us with the launch of CityInSight at COP21 Paris. For those who haven’t been following the development of the model we’ll share the design and application of its use too.
SSG has partnered with whatIf? Technologies, an international leader in simulation modelling, to increase the sophistication, scope and capabilities of GHGProof in a new model – CityInSight. CityInSight also incorporates the Global GHG Protocol for Cities, a GHG accounting framework launched as the new global standard by the World Resources Institute, ICLEI, C40, UN Habitat and others at the UN Conference of the Parties in Lima in 2014.
Thank for listening to Lindsay’s inspiring webinar and fruitful discussion after. Here is the recording for those who missed it and her presentation too.
On Wednesday 4th November at 13:00 EDT we have the next in our series of Associate webinars. This time we will be hearing from Lindsay Cole, co Founder of SSG and now Operations Manager with CityStudio Vancouver, with some brilliant work in between (see her bio below). The session will be informal with plenty of discussion about Lindsays approach and work.
Lindsay is a co-founder and former director with SSG, that left to take a position as the Greenest City Planner with the City of Vancouver. Upon completion of that planning and public engagement work, Lindsay moved to the Vancouver Park Board to lead the implementation of the Greenest City plan for that organisation. Her work included scoping and planning “Rewilding Vancouver: an Environmental Education and Stewardship Action Plan” for the Park Board, as well as the initial resourcing and implementation work. She is now the Operations Manager with CityStudio Vancouver, and is still connected to the Rewilding Plan (amongst other) City of Vancouver priorities. She’ll be briefly presenting the Rewilding Strategy, and looks forward to a lively discussion.
- The structure of the UN Climate Talks needs to be redesigned
- INDC’s show reduced emissions from energy by 2030
- Negotiations in Bonn (#Bonn)
- How can Canadian cities achieve a low carbon future
- The virtuous cycle has begun
- Vote for your Climate Future
- High polluting HFC’s
- SSG webinars on emission modeling, district energy and rewilding
- Featured network: The Coalition Climate 21
“I will if you will”: The structure of the UN Climate Talks needs to be redesigned
The science of cooperation is being ignored in favour of self interest, say University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, U.S, and University of Cologne. Having individual commitments rather that agreed standards, such as setting an agreed global price for carbon, favours a more chaotic and unaccountable structure. Through the nature of peer pressure, states are more likely to aim higher and commit of the onus as shared.
In the July 2015 Big City Mayors’ Caucus hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, mayors from 21 of Canada’s largest cities met to discuss the role that Canadian municipalities must play in climate action coming out of the upcoming COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris.
The mayors agreed that municipalities across the country need to seize a leadership role and commit to binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
In the autumn crunch, we are a hive activity here at SSG and are keen to share our work and our resources with you.
Here are our latest webinars up to January next year for you to join. We will be taking a break in December whilst at COP21 Paris for the UN Climate Talks.
1. We have our monthly Associate webinar on Wednesday 21st October 13:00 EDT, this time with Brennan Vogel on ‘Sub national approaches to climate change adaptation’
You can simply register here
A key variable in determining the feasibility and cost effectiveness of district energy is heating density – the amount of heating energy demand required over a specific area. Energy density is dependent upon a number of factors including climate, urban structure, building morphology, building use, building systems and occupant behaviour. Planners, when assessing future built environments, face a complex trade-off in that they need to contribute to and plan for decreased energy density at the building scale, while increasing energy density at the neighbourhood or district scale to increase the feasibility of district energy. This webinar will explore some of these factors and their influence on energy density, and highlight strategies for improved planning and urban form to increase the feasibility of district energy.
Here is the recording too for those who missed the session, or need to recap on all the information she shared with us!
Mel de Jager, SSG Associate P.Eng, MPlan, PMP, LEED BD+C
Mel is a sustainability planner, civil engineer, urban designer, researcher and energy analyst. She focuses on planning and implementation strategies for sustainable and low carbon urban infrastructure (water, waste, energy, transportation, green infrastructure). Mel has particular interests in community infrastructure resilience, adaptability and economics. Her projects have been diverse, ranging from watershed management plans and municipal green infrastructure design, to urban growth strategies, community energy plans and GHG modeling.
Mel is currently working with an international team in the development of Plan4DE, an open-source planning tool to improve understanding of the relationship between district energy and the built environment from a planner’s perspective, and conduct pre-feasibility scans for potential district energy at the city-scale.