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Sustainability Planning e-Learning (archive)

Reaching Expectations

Adding creativity and fun to your community engagement practices.

This collaborative webcast by Smart Planning for Communities and the Columbia Basin Trust covers:

  1. Smart Practices for Effective Engagement,
  2. Framing your Session,
  3. Using Engagement Tools; and
  4. Reaching a Broad Spectrum of the Community.

It also features the delightful 4 minute film; Engaging Community, Inspiration from the Columbia Basin that tells the story of powerful engagement in three unique communities.

Integrated Community Sustainability Planning: Research Poster

Implications for Rural British Columbia: Preliminary Findings of the Local Government Survey
An applied research project funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions — Led by Joan Chess, Smart Planning for Communities; a program of the Fraser Basin Council

The Integration Part of Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP)

Smart Planning Facilitators presented to planning colleagues from around the province at the 2011 PIBC Annual Conference.
The team delivered an interactive session that enabled the participants to hear from each other and discuss their opportunities and concerns, about the principle of integration – one of seven principles on which Integrated Community Sustainability Planning are based.
The facilitators session used graphic recording to track the conversation and had a section where participants noted their ideas and added them to the drawing.

Community-Scale Energy and Greenhouse Gas Modelling Tools

 Community-scale Energy and GHG Modelling Tools: North Vancouver from Smart Planning on Vimeo.

The experiences of five local governments with community–scale energy and greenhouse gas modelling tools are profiled in the BC Climate Action Toolkit: The series is presented by Smart Planning for Communities and the Province of BC.

Each case study includes a written and webcast component. The written case study is a downloadable report that describes how the modelling tool was used to help set greenhouse gas reduction targets, policies and actions, and the webcasts are slide presentations narrated by participating local government staff and their consultants.

Preview one of the webcast segments featuring the City of North Vancouver narrated by Emily Adin: Planner - North Vancouver, Caroline Jackson: North Vancouver Community Energy Manager, Alex Boston - HB Lanarc.

Download the North Vancouver Case Study here.

Case studies were also collected from the cities of Colwood, Prince George and more on North Vancouver, as well as the Central Kootenay and Fraser Valley regional districts to show how a variety of modelling tools work.

The full series of case studies are available on The BC Climate Action Toolkit.

Community Energy Planning: Policies and Tools

This presentation was delivered on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in the Spring of 2011. It covers ways for local governments to approach community energy planning.

Sustainable Transportation in Small Communities

This presentation discusses ways to manage community mobility. It features the Fraser Basin Council’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Guidebook for small to medium-sized communities and a case study prepared by the Climate Change and Air Quality team.

Program Vision

Smart Planning for Communities: creating stronger more vibrant and sustainable communities in British Columbia.

Our Work

Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) is a BC-wide collaborative initiative to assist local and First Nations governments in addressing their long-term sustainability challenges by providing resources and tools for planning socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable communities. Learn more about our services…

Advisory Group

To provide future strategic oversight and direction
for Smart Planning for Communities program, a specialized advisory group including funders, experts in community sustainability planning and implementation will guide the SPC Program with the necessary strategic and operational guidance over the next three years. 

Reach Us

We’re close at hand and happy to help! See our Smart Planning for Communities Contacts page to connect with facilitators and other program staff.

SPC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council, a charitable non-profit society that works to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and across BC.

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