Special Projects

From time to time, the Foundation undertakes its own projects, either in partnership with other organizations or independently, to achieve outcomes that further our legislated purpose and mission.

2016

Smart Growth Task Force

The Smart Growth Task Force helps local governments, planners and industry experts collaborate to integrate land use and transportation planning in ways that shape more sustainable communities.

2016

Sustain BC

Sustain BC is a provincial initiative that brings food systems leaders together, aligns priorities and coordinates action towards an ambitious goal: healthy, local food sustains all in BC by 2030.

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.

2015

The Built Environment in BC

In 2015, REFBC initiated a multi-phase research study on the state of built environment sustainability in BC. Research was conducted on the current status, trends, drivers and barriers to built environment sustainability in BC.

2014

Food Systems Public Opinion Poll

In 2014, we partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and commissioned a public opinion study on food systems in BC. The purpose was to inform discussion and decisions on the future of the ALR, a provincial land-use zone that protects farmland and land with potential to be farmed.

2014

Local Food Futures for British Columbia – Regional Dialogues and Report

We, along with the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group, hosted six regional dialogues on sustainable food systems around the province in 2014.

2013

Alternative Sources of Capital for Social Housing

Access to capital has been one of the critical issues affecting the health and long term viability of social and affordable housing. Policy makers, housing providers and other stakeholders have sought various ways to bring capital into the sector in order to address growing demand for such housing.

2013

BC Public Opinion Study: Fresh Water

In 2013, the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Vancouver Foundation commissioned a public opinion study on attitudes toward freshwater issues in British Columbia.

2013

State of the Water Movement

A report published by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria - "The State of the Water Movement in British Columbia: A Waterscape Scan & Needs Assessment of the BC NGO Sector" compiled data from interviews with 11 freshwater leaders and an online survey completed by 61 non-governmental organizations working on water issues across BC.