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Past Highlights | Community Sustainability

The Fraser Basin Council works collaboratively on a wide variety of local and regional projects, including some that span multiple communities.

Here are a few highlights of projects hosted from across the years.

Co-Creating a Sustainable BC


The CCSBC Fraser Valley cohort celebrated 2023 world River's Day with a paddle from Glen Valley Regional Park in Abbotsford to Coquitlam's Maquabeak Park. Special thanks to the Rivershed Society of BC and Voyageur Adventures. A time of fun, learning and team bonding!

Since 2019 Co-Creating a Sustainable BC (CCSBC) has supported BC youth to deepen their understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability. Youth take what they've learned to design and implement projects that will have a direct and positive impact in their own communities. By the end of the program, participants come away with greater confidence to advocate for change and to realize a shared vision of a healthy and thriving community.

For the most recent projects (2023-2024), see Youth Program, Co-Creating a Sustainable BC.

Here are some past highlights that spotlight youth innovation!

Fraser Valley Youth Project | Community "Living Food-Stainably" Fair

A youth cohort in the Fraser Valley hosted a community event in Abbotsford in March 2023 called "Living Food-Stainably" to help young families in the Fraser Valley learn about local food systems and opportunities. Some 100 people attended for hands-on demonstrations and to access materials and supplies on such topics as worm composting, canning, food preservation techniques and growing garden vegetables. Community partners also supported the event by hosting workshops on growing sprouts, foraging and traditional Indigenous food practices. See some video highlights!

East Kootenays Youth | Supporting Local Restoration Projects

In East Kootenay a CCSBC partnership was struck with Wildsight Kimberley-Cranbrook to engage outdoor education students at Mount Baker Secondary School. The students helped plan and execute a community event that brought the community together to carry out restoration activities with invasive plant removals, to raise public awareness of the benefits of caring for natural areas, and to make the park a more inviting space in the eyes of Cranbrook residents.

In June 2023 over 100 people turned out to this collaborative community event.

2022-2023 East Kootenays CCSBC youth project

Thompson Youth Project | Workshop on Youth Transportation Priorities in Kamloops

CCSBC Thompson youth project

The Thompson youth cohort centred their efforts on transportation in Kamloops. They led a survey and hosted an interactive culture mapping workshop with local high school students. Workshop participants used art supplies to prepare a visual representation and a brief verbal summary of their experiences of —and their ideas for — moving around the city. They compiled the art pieces and discussion notes to share with decision makers within the community, and they hope to inspire more discussions and engagement with other youth.

Prince George Youth Project | Bike Share

The North-Central BC cohort explored ways to promote the benefits of cycling as a form of transit in the city of Prince George. They gathered data on the opinions and needs of Prince George residents related to the concept of a bike-share program through the development, dissemination and promotion of a survey. The work included a feasibility study on the implementation of a bike share program, which they plan to present to City Council. The cohort also developed an infographic on bike safety and accessibility in Prince George.

Going forward, they plan to apply for additional grants and to continue building their partnerships with local universities and colleges in the hopes of establishing a bike share program for students that would serve as a pilot for city-wide implementation.

Vancouver Urban Core Youth Group Project | Food, Art & Community

The Vancouver Urban Core (VUC) youth group engaged BIPOC youth in considering the role of art in creating more sustainable and inclusive communities. The VUC cohort project idea was to start conversations about food and its potential as a tool to connect us and to think about the role food plays in our lives and how it can create opportunities for inclusion. As part of their CCSBC project, youth built and decorated a sound box to engage community members to collect and record stories of their experiences when/how they used food to connect with others in the community. Beyond the project, youth planned to create a mural based on the data they collect and organize an event to demonstrate the power of food and art to create social inclusion and strengthen community bonds.   

Helping Spirit Lodge Society Project | Sharing Skills and Experiences

In partnership with the Helping Spirit Lodge Society, the FBC Youth Program team supported a cohort focused on youth who had lived in shelters, or had experienced other hardship, to connect with the traditions and teachings of Indigenous cultures. Participants gained self-confidence and skills based on traditional practices. They then organized their own workshops to pass on the skills and support women from the shelter community by sharing what they learned. 

Cowichan Valley Youth Project | Access to Drinking Water and Restroom Facilities

Youth from the Cowichan Valley cohort were concerned about access to bathrooms and water for both drinking and hygiene. Their project focused on mapping publicly available washrooms and water fountains in the region. The youth worked together to create the map using data points gathered by their work on the ground and through outreach to the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan. Their map was made accessible through an interactive online mapping website and a printed poster displayed around the central Duncan area.    

Stickers with QR codes were also distributed and displayed around the region for quick access to the online map. The youth hope that this resource is helpful to those trying to find freely available water and as a tool to showcase local gaps in available water, for future planning purposes.   

My Climate Story

Get inspired by youth to take action on climate change!

My Climate Story is an online story map to empower and give a voice to youth who are concerned about climate change.

Youth from across BC brought their unique stories in videos to say how they are impacted by climate change – and what they’re doing about it. The meaningful involvement of youth in climate change solutions is critical, and storytelling is a powerful way to showcase how BC youth are experiencing and addressing climate change in their communities.

Smart Planning for Communities

The Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) program, managed by FBC, offered advice and support to over 100 BC communities, thanks to a team of dedicated sustainability facilitators. It was gratifying to support communities, large and small, in their quest to create more sustainable ways for people to live, work and play.

The program (2008-2016) helped BC communities understand and undertake integrated community sustainability planning in a manner consistent with each community’s vision for the future and taking into account social, economic and environmental considerations.

With financial support from a number of partners, including the Real Estate Foundation of BC, SPC offered education, resources and advice to local and First Nations governments, particularly in rural communities, to help them carry out community sustainability planning. Communities fulfilled their undertakings in various ways, some through stand-alone sustainability plans and others through Official Community Plans, asset management plans, climate change action plans or policy statements.

An important outcome of the program was strengthening connections and relationships between local governments, and between local and First Nations governments.

To learn more, see Assessing Impact: Select 2009-2010 Community Profiles and the 2016 wrap-up report on implementation of community sustainability plans, including what participating communities saw as pivotal to success: Implementation of Community Sustainability Plans by BC’s Local Governments.

BuySmart Network

Hosted by FBC, the BuySmart Network was a multi-year initiative to support people in business, government and non-profit organizations who wanted to learn and share best practices on sustainable purchasing and supply chain management. Through learning events in BC communities that showcased best practices,  BuySmart helped organizations learn about and develop purchasing strategies that reflect their own commitments to corporate social responsibility.

BC Rural Network

The BC Rural Network was a multi-year collaborative program hosted by the Fraser Basin Council through the Cariboo-Chilcotin team. The Network worked to build stronger rural and remote communities across the province and promote a better understanding of rural issues by:

  • disseminating information, tools and resources of importance to rural and remote communities in BC
  • creating links between communities, rural organizations and policy makers that work on issues of importance to rural and remote communities
  • providing a forum for rural and remote communities and organizations to voice concerns and issues, and learn from each other.

Thanks to all the communities that participated in the Network over the years.

Project Comeback: Ways to Have Young People Stay

Project Comeback was a two-year (2012-2014) project in BC rural communities that was aimed at better understanding and meeting the needs of young people. Many rural communities were struggling with the twin demographic trends of youth out-migration and an aging baby boomer population. These trends triggered concerns, including the prospect that some local businesses would close without young people to take them over. Through Project Comeback, communities connected with youth through surveys, interviews and workshops for their view. These were the basis of pilot projects designed to help attract, engage and retain youth.

The project was managed by the BC Rural Network, with support from the Fraser Basin Council and federal-provincial funding.

Youth surveyed said they value “a sense of community," social activities and events, as well as opportunities for employment, training, recreation, access to health services and quality of life. Read about their views in Project Comeback: Creating vibrant rural communities by retaining and attracting a young adult population.

Human Health Risk Assessment

The Human Health Risk Assessment was a three-phase provincial project to identify, explore and assess concerns about human health relating to oil and gas development in Northeastern British Columbia. The full risk assessment consists of three phases: 1) a public engagement to identify health concerns, 2) a human health risk assessment based on findings from Phase 1 and 3) a report to the Province, stakeholders and the public.

The Fraser Basin Council carried out Phase 1 of the human health risk assessment and, following engagement, brought forward health concerns from the public about oil and gas development in northeastern British Columbia. The work is reflected in the 2012 report Phase 1 of Human Health Risk Assessment: Identifying Health Concerns Relating to Oil and Gas Development in Northeastern BC. The report and a compendium are also available on the BC Ministry of Health website.

Sustainability Indicators and State of the Basin Conference

Sustainability indicators are select data that help reflect social, economic and environmental health and that are tracked over time with a view to ascertaining trends and the state of sustainability. The Fraser Basin Council began an indicators program in 2000, with a primary emphasis on sustainability of the Fraser Basin. The goals were:

  • increase public awareness and understanding about sustainability
  • identify critical issues and responses to improve progress
  • inform decisions and influence actions
  • advance sustainability.

Between 2003 and 2011 FBC published a series of Sustainability Snapshot reports on social, economic and environmental indicators for the Fraser Basin as a whole and for specific Basin Communities — including Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations, Climate Change, Air Quality, Agriculture, Energy, Education, and more. Each report was supplemented by case examples and opportunities for action. The reports were featured at State of Fraser Basin Conferences hosted by the Fraser Basin Council in Vancouver in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Here are the reports:


About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350