Resources

This lists the resources available as a result of Foundation grants and special projects. This may include reports, websites, online tools and other resources.

2013
$28 190
2011
$30 000

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

To assist with phase one development of a regional biodiversity conservation strategy for the north and central Okanagan.

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2010
$45 000

Atira Women's Resource Society

In support of a 12-unit recycled/container housing project in Vancouver's downtown eastside.

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2016
$17 350

BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD)

For training on a new Community Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, which compares long term infrastructure costs of land use scenarios.

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2013
$25 000

BC Real Estate Association

For research and consultation with managing brokers and real estate franchisors to create better alignment with REALTOR® education.

PDF icon Education and Training: Insights from British Columbia Brokers

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2013
$20 000

BC Real Estate Association

To hire a coordinator to facilitate implementation of priority actions within the BCREA Floodplain Maps Action Plan over a full year.

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2012
$12 200

BC Real Estate Association

For a stakeholder meeting to identify an action plan for updating inland floodplain maps in BC.

PDF icon Floodplain Maps Action Plan

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2014
$150 000

BC Real Estate Association

To research trends, challenges and opportunities in REALTOR® practice, to prepare for joint BCREA-real estate board strategic planning.

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2013
$10 000

BC Real Estate Association

For research on funding options and financial incentives to help BC local governments update floodplain maps in their jurisdictions.

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2011
$30 000

BC Spaces for Nature Society

For applied research on how a relatively low-cost, green, compact SmartHome can address community design and affordable housing in Gibsons.

PDF icon SmartHome Smart Communities: A Solution for Tomorrow's Housing Today

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2014
$20 000

BC Wildlife Federation

to support delivery of six workshops in four regions of BC aimed at wetlands conservation and restoration initiatives.

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2013
$16 200

BC Wildlife Federation

To deliver workshops, working group sessions and wetland mapping in selected regions of south-central and southeastern BC.

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2010
$8 000

Bulkley Valley Centre for Natural Resource Research & Management

For a conference on planning for the interface area between Crown lands and settled lands, held in Smithers in June 2010.

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2011
$10 000

Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board

To develop a summer Recreation Access Management Plan to balance the needs of recreation user groups with environmental protection.

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2016
$25 000

Canada Green Building Council

For developing a national framework for municipalities and provinces on energy benchmarking, reporting and disclosure.

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2014
$29 000

Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable

To create a farmland trust framework for BC; establish a local government supported land trust in the Capital Region as a case study.

PDF icon CRFAIR Findings Report | Exploring Farm and Food Lands Access in the CRD: A Local Government Farmland Trust Approach

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2009
$12 000

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

To conduct land use planning and education activities associated with the integration of UBC farm with the surrounding Vancouver community.

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2013
$14 569

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

To conduct research to characterize the potential of cooperative and public farmland protection initiatives and community farms in BC.

PDF icon Community Farms Roundtable 2014 and Farmland Trusts Visioning

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2013
$10 500

City of Campbell River

For a collaborative process to identify and analyze issues in an historic Campbell River neighbourhood; prioritize land use improvements.

PDF icon Campbellton Action PlanPDF icon Campbellton Action Planning Process Testimonials

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2013
$12 900

City of Campbell River

To develop an interactive online food map showing where local food is grown, sold and served, and where land is available for small-scale farming.

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2012
$40 000

City of Coquitlam

To support the first phase development of a watershed plan for the Lower Coquitlam River watershed.

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2011
$14 000

City of Kelowna

For stream inventory and mapping of the remaining, unmapped watercourses within city boundaries.

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2010
$15 000

City of Prince George

For inventory, mapping, and analysis of the open and natural areas. The data will be used to inform future land use and development policy.

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2011
$9 000

City of Quesnel

In support of developing an affordable housing strategy for the community.

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2009
$7 000

City of Quesnel

To conduct an affordable housing needs assessment.

PDF icon City of Quesnel Affordable Housing Needs Assessment

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2013
$10 000

City of Revelstoke

To develop a food security strategy as part of the recently completed Integrated Community Sustainability Plan.

PDF icon Revelstoke Food Security Strategy

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2013
$10 000

City of Terrace

To update the 2009 Terrace housing needs assessment given changing housing needs and challenges facing city residents.

PDF icon Housing Terrace: Trends, Needs and Directions

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2011
$3 000

Clear Sky Meditation & Study Foundation

For a course for rural property owners in the Rocky Mountain Trench about conserving grassland habitat.

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2013
$7 300

Community Foundations of Canada

To convene BC food systems funders and stakeholders to explore how to work together in more intentional, strategic and effective ways.

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2012
$15 800

Community Futures Development Corporation of Fraser-Fort George

To research farm lease models and create resource packages tailored to central and northern BC, aiming to improve access to farmland.

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2012
$40 000

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

For research on community investment mechanisms and models that will support affordable housing development.

PDF icon Community Investment Funds How-to Guide

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2011
$25 000

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

For research and consultation among a range of community stakeholders to explore how to preserve farmland in the Capital Regional District.

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2014
$45 000

Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

2011
$165 000

Comox Valley Land Trust

For implementation of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy over three years.

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2014
$26 000

Comox Valley Project Watershed Society

For the next phase of the K'-moks Estuary Interactive Map; add information and videos to illustrate change over time and current issues.

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2011
$10 000

Cowichan Green Community Society

To establish a youth-led urban farm enterprise on public parkland and identify local bylaw amendments to enable similar initiatives.

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2013
$10 000

Cowichan Valley Regional District

For a regional affordable housing needs assessment that includes a focus on seniors' housing needs.

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2012
$20 000

Custodians of the Peace Society

To determine connections between groundwater aquifers and where drilling and hydraulic fracturing has occurred in the Peace River region.

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2010
$10 000

DreamRider Theatre

To create "Zero Heroes," a musical play that teaches children about reducing consumption and sustainable living practices.

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2011
$28 000

EcoDesign Resource Society

For an urban farming resource guide for municipal governments that provides a framework that can be tailored to a local government's needs.

PDF icon Urban Farming Guidebook

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2013
$15 000

Ecotrust Canada

To study the necessary conditions to apply a pay-for-performance investment model to finance more affordable housing in BC communities.

PDF icon Pay-for-Performance Partnerships: A Case Study in Funding for Supportive Housing

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2011
$60 000

Ecotrust Canada

to research a model for green and culturally appropriate building design in First Nation communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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2011
$50 000

Environmental Mining Education Foundation (now Fair Mining Collaborative)

To develop a best practices mining code for First Nations, a comprehensive guide showcasing mining best practices from around the world.

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2012
$25 090

Environmental Youth Alliance Society

To assess the most beneficial and cost-effective ways to create pollinator habitat in Metro Vancouver's parks and open spaces.

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2014
$20 000

Evergreen

To facilitate resident-led community initiatives in a Vancouver neighbourhood to reduce the ecological footprint of a neighbourhood by 25%.

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2013
$10 000

Evergreen

To engage community members in a monitoring and restoration program for creeks and wetlands in Burnaby, North Vancouver and Vancouver.

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2015
$30 000

False Creek South Neighbourhood Association

For research and community meetings on alternative governance models (ie. Community Land Trusts) to preserve and create affordable housing.

PDF icon REPORT • Community Land Trusts: The Solution to Metro Vancouver’s Housing Affordability Crisis?

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2012
$16 000

FarmFolk CityFolk Society

To develop a BC resource mapping and land access guide for youth who wish to pursue farming, which will be shared online.

PDF icon Young Agrarians Land Access Guide

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2015
$45 000

Fraser Basin Council

To develop a Nechako Watershed Strategy to advance stewardship and ecosystem-based management, and identify priorities for action.

PDF icon Towards a Healthy Nechako: Nechako Watershed Strategy v1

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2011
$250 000

Fraser Basin Council

For Smart Planning for Communities in 2011-2013; SPC provides resources to assist BC communities with long-range sustainability planning.

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2013
$180 000

Fraser Basin Council

For Smart Planning in Action, a project that will help 140 BC communities develop and implement sustainability plans.

PDF icon Smart Planning in Action: Three-year Strategic Plan

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2011
$40 000

Fraser Basin Council

To host a series of regional workshops to build capacity for improved water and watershed planning.

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2013
$6 000

Fraser River Discovery Centre Society

To develop a resource package to help educators teach about water quality and inspire students to connect with water on a personal level.

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2009
$17 450

Fraser Valley Conservancy

To support creation of the Fraser Valley Regional Biodiversity Strategy.

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2012
$28 700

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

To grow the model of using school board land to set up market gardens, providing food and outdoor classrooms for school children.

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2013
$70 000

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

To establish and operate two market gardens on institutional land in Vancouver and educate and engage neighbours; develop a case study on the project.

PDF icon Growing Neighbours: A Case Study of Schoolyard Market GardensPDF icon Fresh Roots Testimonials

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2014
$15 000

Georgia Strait Alliance

To develop a comprehensive action plan balancing uses of Vancouver's shoreline for sustainable waterfront-related policies and practices.

PDF icon A Comprehensive Assessment of Available Data Reflecting the State of Vancouver’s Waterfront

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2013
$15 000

Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association

To create a guide to show the impact of municipal fees and processing times for residential development applications on housing costs.

PDF icon Getting to Groundbreaking: Residential Building Approval Processes in Metro Vancouver - Year 1: Focus on TownhousesPDF icon Getting to Groundbreaking: Key Findings Summary (Dec 2014)

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2013
$22 750

Greater Vancouver Regional District

To assist with 2014 Homeless Count which will inform the Regional Homelessness Plan, helping identify priorities for programs and services.

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2012
$10 000

Green Bricks Education Society

To deliver a water and built environment workshop to grade four students in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan and on Vancouver Island.

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2011
$10 000

Green Bricks Education Society

For the delivery of a new classroom workshop entitled Water and Our Built Environment to Grade 4 students in BC.

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2013
$50 000

Green Bricks Education Society

To expand the H24 workshop on water and the built environment to grade four classes in more BC communities.

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2009
$27 000

Green Bricks Education Society

To deliver green building education for BC students in grades 9-12.

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2010
$20 000

Green Bricks Education Society

For delivery of sustainable building workshops in schools throughout BC during the 2010-2011 school year.

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2013
$7 320

Groundbreakers Agricultural Association

To develop a regionally relevant food education program, linked to schoolyard and neighbourhood gardens, for Bulkley Valley schools.

PDF icon Kids Dig Food (educational units for K-7 teachers)

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2016
$12 000

HUB Cycling

To create information packages and discussion papers that illustrate opportunities in policy and design to support active transportation options.

PDF icon Not Just Bike Racks: Informing Design for End of Trip Cycling Amenities in Vancouver Real Estate

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2012
$7 100

Institute for Environmental Learning

To support delivery of the Institute's education and research program in sustainable design at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

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2009
$8 310

International Centre for Sustainable Cities

To assist with the Sea to Sky Community Mapping Project, which will include the visions of local youth in regional planning processes.

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2012
$10 000

Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver

For education on the impacts of Japanese Knotweed, developing videos, and resource materials on identification, prevention and management.

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2010
$30 700

Islands Trust

For Green Shores for Homes, a credit system to support sustainable shoreline development of residential properties on the Gulf Islands.

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2010
$10 000

Islands Trust

To develop and implement a community affordable housing strategy to create new housing opportunities on Salt Spring Island.

PDF icon Salt Spring Island Community Affordable Housing Strategy Action Plan

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2012
$12 000

Kamloops Naturalist Club

To research the role of urban trees as rainwater interceptors in semi-arid watersheds to inform municipal and regional land use policies.

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2011
$300 000

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

To design a bio-regional agri-food system for southwestern BC; environmental, economic, and socio-cultural context will be considered.

PDF icon The Future of our Food System: Report on the Southwest BC Bioregion Food System Design Project

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2011
$20 000

Lambda Alpha International

In support of the PlaceSpeak initiative to update the Greater Vancouver Urban Futures Survey for 2011 and make it accessible online.

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2013
$14 163

Light House Sustainable Building Centre Society

For a plan to transform the False Creek Flats industrial area into a "green" hub to recover value from waste materials, water and energy.

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2011
$45 000

Light House Sustainable Building Centre Society

For applied research on energy-efficient, low-carbon building design guidelines.

PDF icon Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings in BC

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2010
$10 000

Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society

For phase two of a project to analyze and map groundwater resources in the Englishman River watershed.

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2010
$5 000

Misty Isles Economic Development Society

To assist with the development of a trails strategy for Haida Gwaii.

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2012
$30 000

North Shore Neighbourhood House

For model legal/use agreements to support expansion of community food producing gardens in existing single family and multi-unit strata sites.

PDF icon Edible Garden Project - Starting a Food Garden: A Resource Guide for Strata Corporations

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2016
$50 000

Okanagan Nation Alliance

2009
$50 000

Pacific Parklands Foundation

For a natural capital review of the Lower Mainland, measuring and valuing the ecosystem services of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.

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2012
$106 901

Pembina Institute

For phase three of the Green Building Leaders project. Includes a land use and energy literacy workshop.

PDF icon Energy Labelling for New Homes: FAQs and Model Bylaw AmendmentsPDF icon Energy Labelling for New Homes Fact Sheet

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2011
$50 825

Pembina Institute

For the next phase of Green Leaders project workshops, helping BC local governments implement green building policies and practices.

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2010
$15 000

Pembina Institute

For Green Leaders Project workshops, assisting BC local governments to implement effective green building policies.

PDF icon Minimum RE Standard: Stakeholder Design Workshop March 2011

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2014
$297 839

Pembina Institute

For Green Building Leaders initiatives: forum on net-zero building; home energy labelling in Metro Vancouver; GBL education and outreach.

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2011
$10 000

People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola Society

For an affordable housing strategy for Gabriola Island; increase housing options and initiate revisions to the official community plan.

PDF icon An Affordable Housing Strategy for Gabriola Island

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2013
$25 000

PHS Community Services Society

For urban farm projects and training in downtown Vancouver exploring integration of sustainable food systems in low-income neighbourhoods.

PDF icon Growing Season: A Facilitator's Guide to Creating an Educational Vegetable Gardening ProgramPDF icon Community Development Licensing Agreement Template

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2012
$13 026

POLIS Foundation

To conduct research on effective ways for water funders to coordinate their work on community-driven watershed protection in BC.

PDF icon State of the Water Movement in BC

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2012
$15 000

Province of British Columbia

To deliver professional workshops with Cascadia Green Building Council on environmental value of building re-use and upgrades.

PDF icon Historic Places - Leaders of Built Environment Stewardship: Responsible Rehabilitation (presentation)

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2012
$15 000

Ready to Rent BC Association

To expand and improve its housing education program for tenants, which helps low income and vulnerable people attain and maintain housing.

PDF icon Ready to Rent BC: CRD Evaluation and Expansion Up-Island 2013

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2009
$100 000

Real Estate Council of BC

To produce and distribute the seventh edition of the Licensee Practice Manual.

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2010
$10 000

Real Estate Foundation of BC

To sponsor the inaugural Social Purpose Real Estate conference, held in Vancouver in November 2010.

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2012
$14 600

Real Estate Institute of BC

For a scoping study to create a registry of accessible and adaptable homes (both rental and owned units) in BC.

PDF icon Scoping Study on Accessible & Adaptable Housing

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2012
$45 000

Real Estate Institute of BC

To undertake a survey to provide information about the non-profit and social purpose sector's participation in the real estate market.

PDF icon Rent-Lease-Own: Understanding the Real Estate Challenges Affecting Not-for-Profit...Sectors in Metro Vancouver

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2010
$25 000

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

To develop a strategic framework and action plan for managing Kettle River's watershed and designating lands for agriculture.

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2012
$76 400

Regional District of North Okanagan

To develop a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program for its recently adopted regional growth strategy.

PDF icon Monitoring & Evaluation ProgramPDF icon Monitoring & Evaluation ReportPDF icon Quality of Life Survey Comments

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2012
$31 000

Richmond Food Security Society

To conduct an assessment of potential food lands in Richmond and develop a plan to increase food production over the next three years.

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2015
$20 000

Rivershed Society of British Columbia

For the Watershed Solutions Project to guide community plans to improve land and water land use practices within the Fraser River Basin.

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2012
$50 000

Selkirk College

To improve the State of the Basin monitoring program. Includes sustainability research and planning in the Columbia Basin Boundary region.

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2012
$30 000

Shifting Growth Garden Society

For public consultation working with landowners to re-purpose vacant private lands in Vancouver into temporary, mobile community gardens.

PDF icon Shifting Growth Best Practices

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2015
$300 000

Simon Fraser University Adaptation to Climate Change Team

To build on the Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance Program with focus on the intersection between water, food, energy and biodiversity.

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2009
$25 000

Simon Fraser University Adaptation to Climate Change Team

For research, policy development, and conferences on water security issues in Canada.

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2009
$20 000

Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue

For public education events on the topic, "planning cities as if food matters," to be held in Vancouver in 2010.

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2014
$16 800

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

To support a visioning and strategic framework workshop in regards to the Skeena Watershed Ecosystem Valuation project.

PDF icon Skeena Watershed Ecosystem Valuation Workshop Summary

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2013
$20 200

Small Housing BC Society

For research and development of a toolkit on small housing solutions in the Lower Mainland, directed at policy makers and planners.

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2011
$2 000

Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society

For a legal review of a guide to create a conservation fund, one way for stewardship organizations to be more financially self-sufficient.

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2011
$7 500

Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society

To support education and outreach activities associated with the "Species at Risk: A Primer for Local Governments" online tool.

PDF icon Species at Risk & Local Governments Final Report

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2012
$24 045

Stewardship Centre for British Columbia Society

In support of three demonstration projects to help refine the Green Shores certification process and provide educational opportunities.

PDF icon Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System Demonstration & Training Project Summary

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2012
$3 000

Stream of Dreams Murals Society

For Byrne Creek secondary students to create community maps to show connections between the natural areas and "hardscapes".

PDF icon Byrne Creek Project Info Panel

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2012
$32 000

Surge Narrows Community Association

To identify, quantify and map terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of the Discovery Islands and nearby mainland inlets.

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2012
$10 000

Sustainable Cities Foundation

For a study on the availability of legislative and other tools that encourage heritage conservation as part of downtown revitalization.

PDF icon Dynamic Downtowns Workbook

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2015

Sustainable Watershed Governance Funding Workshop

The initiative will explore and test funding mechanisms, build capacity in BC’s watershed governance community, and foster collaboration among organizations.

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2012
$25 000

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

For Deer Crossing the Art Farm to research recommendations for legal, planning, and marketing mechanisms to enable development of shared dwellings on small farm acreages.

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2009
$20 000

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

For Give Green Canada: education for stewardship and conservation organizations on how to become financially secure through gift planning.

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2012
$19 540

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

To support Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition's research to assess the value of ecosystem services and amenities in the Skeena, Nass and Stikine watersheds.

PDF icon Skeena Watershed Ecosystem Valuation Project Plan

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2015
$56 000

Tyee Solutions Society

For a journalism and public engagement project to investigate some of Canada's housing challenges including homelessness and affordable housing.

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2012
$49 500

Tyee Solutions Society

For one year of full-time reporting coverage, public engagement events and interactive digital mapping on affordable housing.

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2013
$70 000

UBC Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

To transform the CALP Guide to Community Energy into an interactive Web-interface tool and share information with local government.

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2012
$13 500

UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

To develop a resource on ecosystem services for environmental designers, planners and policy makers working in cities and regions.

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2010
$20 000

UBC School of Environmental Health

To track travel, physical activity and auto emissions before and after people move to pedestrian-friendly, transit supportive developments.

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2012
$10 000

Urban Land Institute British Columbia

To convene expert “technical assistance panels” to work with two BC municipalities and make recommendations on real estate development issues.

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2010
$33 000

West Coast Environmental Law

For year two of the Forest Ecosystems and Climate Change project: law reform research to create a new "carbon forest" land designation.

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2013
$20 000

Wildsight

For a Kootenay symposium to discuss regional watershed governance in light of climate change and significant government policies.

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2010
$10 000

Wildsight

For Lake Windermere Project year five, as Wildsight hands water quality monitoring and stewardship education to Lake Windermere Ambassadors.

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2011
$18 000

Wildsight

To support the Kootenay Lake Stewardship Partnership as it develops a stewardship strategy and implements shoreline management guidelines.

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2009
$16 000

Wildsight

To support the fourth year of water quality testing and analysis as part of the Healthy Water, Healthy Communities-Lake Windermere Project.

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2009
$20 000

Your Local Farmers Market Society

For a community visioning session as part of a larger planning, policy, and design process to establish a food precinct/hub in Vancouver.

PDF icon New City Market: A Food Hub for Vancouver - Visioning Report

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