Building Sustainable Communities Conference - Fresh Outlook Foundation

FOF is thrilled to be hosting its 7th Building SustainABLE Communities (BSC) conference in Kelowna, BC November 21-24, 2017 at the Delta Grand Hotel & Conference Centre. This highly acclaimed and hugely popular events gathers people from all sectors to explore emerging trends in sustainability at the individual, organizational, and community scales. At a previous BSC, 600 delegates from more than 80 communities, representing government, business, and the nonprofit and academic sectors attended.

The overarching theme for this year’s event is Innovation Through Collaboration, with sub-themes being climate action, water stewardship, food security, and community capital/infrastructure. Other topics we’ll tackle include active transportation, community health, comprehensive wealth, collaborative change, pollution solutions, sustainable development, leadership and governance, and local prosperity.

Join speakers, panelists, sponsors, and other delegates during engaging workshops, game-changing plenary presentations, professionally facilitated breakouts, and abundant networking functions. Experience the SustainAbility Village, where you’ll meet experts, activists, and exhibitors, while seeing sustainability through the eyes of children, youth, artists, musicians, and poets!

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Building Sustainable Communities Conference - Fresh Outlook Foundation - Sponsor
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November 21, 2017

Registration

12:00 pm  -  9:00 pm

SUSTAINABILITY FOR YOUNG ADULTS & PROFESSIONALS: Doing Well While Doing Good!

2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Young professionals, or those bent on becoming young professionals, have different values and aspirations than people in the generations before them. This workshop explores what these upcoming leaders want in work and life, and how they can truly contribute and prosper by being sustainable at the individual, organizational, and community scales. Connect with successful young […]

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ENGAGING FOR CHANGE: The Next Generation of Tactics & Tools

2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Planners and engagement practitioners commonly work in the middle of the engagement spectrum, focusing on input and consultation to address a set of pre-defined questions. This works well for most conventional civic projects. However, when trying to make deeper, paradigmatic changes that challenge the status quo, different forms of engagement are required that are more […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS: An Under-Appreciated Approach to Improving Prosperity

2:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

It’s said that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. For much of human history, the services provided by our natural capital were taken for granted. Only recently, when some of these natural systems have lost the ability to provide these services have we taken notice. There are now numerous examples of communities that have invested in natural […]

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November 22, 2017

Registration

7:00 am  -  8:30 pm

USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & COLLABORATION

8:40 am  -  8:50 am

In our spirit of collaboration this year, we have partnered with Wayblaze.com to facilitate on-line engagement and collaboration before, during, and after the conference. We want to feature great project examples that can inspire others, and capture and share your best ideas for sustainable communities. So, click here to start adding your projects and ideas. […]

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DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO WITH UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING

8:50 am  -  9:10 am

Are you trying to collaborate with other agencies, businesses, and/or governments around complex issues and challenges, but feeling stuck or frustrated by the lack of traction, how long things are taking, or resistance to collaborating to the extent that you know is needed? Taking new ideas into reality requires not just more thinking, but thinking differently […]

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ARGUING FOR THE RELOCALIZATION OF GOVERNANCE & ECONOMIES

9:10 am  -  9:45 am

Most mainstream economists, policy makers, and ordinary citizens assume that the next few decades will resemble the past fifty years on steroids – rapid economic growth facilitated by globalization and technological progress. But this is already a world in overshoot – climate change, ecosystem collapses, resource shortages, and geopolitical strife will increasingly inhibit growth, disrupt […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Profiting from Climate Protection at Company, Community, & Country Scales

10:15 am  -  10:35 am

Hunter Lovins will describe the work of an international team of scholars, business leaders, investors, and activists to craft a narrative for an economy in service to life. A Regenerative Economy meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. It integrates the pragmatic business case of Natural Capitalism Based, with the Planetary Boundaries work of […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Making Informed Watershed Decisions – The Need for Quality Data

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

The communities we live in today, and their built foundations, are based on historic and outdated climate and hydrometric data; this information is not suitable for future planning. Many of the stream hydrometric stations across the province were discontinued throughout the 1980’s, and weather stations are being deactivated. This has left us constrained to use […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Defining Food System Components, Approaches, & Measures of Success

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

This presentation will explore a set of defined terms used when talking about food security. Food systems, food security, food insecurity, and food self-sufficiency are just a few examples of terms that are widely used. What do they actually mean? How are they measured? What actions and policies address them? Jill will share evidence-based information to […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Capitalizing on the Human Element for Community Well-Being

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

The wealth of a community is much more than just its economic wealth; we need to include the wealth embodied in our human, social, and cultural development, the physical assets of our community, and the ecosystems and natural resources that are our natural capital. Moreover, the latter constitutes the physical and ecological bounds within which […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Exploring Indigenous Water Law

10:30 am  -  10:50 am

Collaborative consent is a concept that offers significant potential to help address the challenges of co-governance, related to fresh water, between Canada and Indigenous nations. Case studies from the Mackenzie River Basin and from around the world, demonstrate the kind of innovative, respectful, and shared-decision making processes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, which can refresh […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Understanding Agricultural Land Use and Our Food System Future

10:30 am  -  10:45 am

Climate change, food insecurity, resource depletion, population growth, and economic marginalization call into question the resilience of our food system. The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, has developed an unprecedented computational tool to model the economic, environmental stewardship, and food self-reliance potentials of regional food systems. This facilitates “what if analysis” for planning and economic […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Linking Ecological & Economic Capital for Health & Prosperity

10:30 am  -  10:45 am

Living off of ones savings in a sustainable way, means spending no more than the interest, so the principle, or capital, does not diminish. We protect the value of the principle so it can keep paying us interest. The services provided by the environment come from ecosystems that we also need to protect if we […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Advancing Government Collaboration for Climate & Economy

10:35 am  -  10:50 am

B.C. is at risk of being left behind as the global economy shifts and the costs of a changing climate begin to mount. Building a strong clean growth economy is imperative to ensure B.C. remains competitive. Our Vision for Clean Growth in B.C. outlines five key priorities for building the clean economy: 1. Build a strong clean […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS SECURITY FORUM 1: Mobilizing a More Sustainable Food System in the Squamish-Lillooet Region

10:45 am  -  10:55 am

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability is leading a project to advance region-wide initiatives, which create a more sustainable food system in the Squamish-Lillooet region. Building on existing plans and policies, and a scan of best practices and existing gaps, the project will convene key food and agriculture players from across the region. They will share […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Investing in Legislation That Protects BC’s Natural Capital

10:45 am  -  10:55 am

Waters in British Columbia – our life source – are facing unprecedented threats from industrial activity, population pressures, and a changing climate. B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act gave us an opportunity to have world-class legal protections for B.C. waters, ensuring healthy water for people and nature across the province. It’s been two years since the Act […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Building Better With BC’s Energy Step Code

10:50 am  -  11:00 am

The Province has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. The BC Energy Step Code – a part of the BC Building Code – supports that effort. This presentation will be a short introduction to the recently adopted BC Energy […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Q&A

11:00 am  -  11:10 am

FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY: Exploring the Link Between Indigenous Food Security & Ecosystem Services

11:05 am  -  11:15 am

For the Líl̓wat Nation of BC, food security encompasses the ability to access both ‘market’ foods and Indigenous foods from Líl̓wat (the land). Líl̓wat cultural protocols used to cultivate and protect wild foods, may safeguard natural systems and ecosystem services for global benefit. Conversely, ecosystem services initiatives that are negotiated solely between legal owners of […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Collaborating for Low-Carbon Outcomes

11:10 am  -  11:25 am

As B.C.’s local governments and organizations transition toward a low-carbon energy future, significant effort is required to advance the areas of energy efficiency, behavioural change, and technology, while expanding and developing new business models and partnerships. Focusing in the areas of energy efficiency, conservation, innovative technologies, and transportation, natural gas and renewable natural gas can […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Fighting Invasive Species With the ‘Don’t Move a Mussel’ Campaign

11:10 am  -  11:20 am

B.C.’s freshwater, economy, and way of life is under threat from invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Until last fall, these mussels had been effectively kept out of the Pacific Northwest, but in October, invasive mussel larvae was discovered in three reservoirs in Montana – within an hour’s drive to B.C. Since 2012, the Okanagan Basin Water […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Investing in the BC Food System Policy Database

11:15 am  -  11:25 am

As the food system becomes an increasingly important component of the municipal planning agenda, planners have expressed a need to improve information transfer across jurisdictions, in order to share precedents and expedite policy research. To address this, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has developed a searchable, online database of municipal […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Tapping Into Historical Capital to Enrich Current & Future Decision Making

11:15 am  -  11:30 am

British Columbia’s historical records are overwhelmingly about men – of daring explorers, slogging over endless mountain ranges and paddling canoes through raging rivers. Of lawless gold miners, of tough cowboys who drove mammoth herds of cattle through dust and scrub, or axe-wielding backwoodsmen who toughed it out and settled the far reaches of this province. […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Understanding the Dollars & Sense of Protecting Peatlands

11:20 am  -  11:30 am

In this presentation, Dr. Eliza Olson will talk about several interesting topics: Why the Burns Bog Conservation Society was founded. Why Burns Bog is important and the fascinating world of peatlands. Why is saving peatlands important locally, provincially, and internationally? What the Society is currently working on. What she has discovered about running a Society […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Moving Toward Better Performing Buildings in BC – Energy Benchmarking

11:25 am  -  11:35 am

Benchmarking allows property owners to determine how the energy performance of their buildings compares with historical consumption and similar buildings. This, in turn, helps owners identify opportunities to save energy and water, and thereby save money on utility bills. British Columbia is considering a province-wide energy benchmarking program. Learn what this could mean for unlocking […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Preserving Farming Through the Lower Mainland Land Matching Pilot

11:25 am  -  11:35 am

Young Agrarians is piloting Quebec’s innovative Land Bank (Banque de terres) program in the Lower Mainland. Through a matchmaker model, this program works to provide individualized screening of landowners and available farmland, as well as farmers ready to start farm businesses. The matchmaker facilitates potential matches, and then supports with negotiating the terms of a […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Preserving Invaluable Shorelines Through Education, Planning & Design

11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Green Shores 101: Learn about how Green Shores can help protect our valuable shorelines. In BC, we are fortunate to have extensive shorelines, however, many may be at risk from erosion due to climate change/sea level rise or may present opportunities for restoration. DG Blair, Executive Director of the Stewardship Centre of BC, will provide an […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Plugging Into Accelerate Kootenays – A Community-Driven Electric Vehicle Charging Network

11:35 am  -  11:45 am

Through an innovative collaboration, the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary, Central Kootenay, and East Kootenay adopted an electric vehicle network strategy. Accelerate Kootenays is Canada’s first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network. By the end of 2018, the project will deploy up to 40 Level 2 and 13 DC Fast Charging stations […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Supporting Affordable Housing & Agriculture With ‘Smart Farms’

11:35 am  -  11:45 am

A 2010 report issued by the Fraser Basin Council stated that, in BC, more than half our farmers are over 59, and less than five percent are younger than 34. Why are there so few young farmers? The reasons are simple. Land costs too much and farming makes too little. Across BC, this is a […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Building Social Capital Through Water Stewardship Networks

11:40 am  -  11:50 am

Community water crises, droughts, and floods, are amplified by climate change and water infrastructure deficits. Taking a case study look at the Okanagan’s water action network, Nelson explores strategic opportunities to improve watershed stewardship networks, and describes how building social capital enables regional advantages in adapting to, and minimizing community water crises. Water experts have noted: […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Q&A

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

1:00 pm  -  1:05 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Jack Wong, Real Estate Foundation of BC

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MOBILIZING ‘NEXUS’ THINKING: The Vital Intersection of Energy, Water & Food Systems

1:05 pm  -  2:00 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Margaret Catley-Carlson, Order of Canada, Global Water Partnership PANELISTS: Peter Robinson, Community Energy Association; Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board; Heather Deegan, Interior Health; David Hendrickson, Real Estate Foundation of BC; Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Growing Healthy Food, Climates, & Communities Through Regenerative Agriculture

2:30 pm  -  2:50 pm

In the words of Robert Rodale, who coined the term, “Regenerative organic agriculture improves the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them. It is a holistic systems approach to agriculture that encourages continual on-farm innovation for environmental, social, economic, and spiritual well-being.” Regenerative agriculture delivers healthy soil, prosperous communities, climate protection, and good food. Hunter Lovins will […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Comparing Apples to Oranges – Lessons for BC From California’s Drought & Water Law Reform

2:30 pm  -  2:50 pm

Water law reform is occurring all around the world. For the last decade, B.C. has been engaged in an extensive effort to develop and now implement the Water Sustainability Act. This presentation draws on research examining California’s recent devastating drought and the ensuing groundwater law reform, and offers several insights that can guide B.C. as […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities in Canada

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

In 2015, 197 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement, agreeing to slash GHGs in order to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. Canada’s ability to meet its Paris commitment involves the leadership of local governments, which impact more than 50 percent of GHG emissions and at least 60 percent of energy consumption. Recognizing […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Clarifying Infrastructure’s Changing Role in Community SustainAbility

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

Municipal infrastructure supports service delivery and helps shape the community. Over the next ten years, the City of Kelowna will invest approximately $850 million in infrastructure that supports a variety of services, including protective services, transportation, water, wastewater, solid waste, parks, culture, and recreation. The City must strike a balance between competing needs to ensure a future […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Using ‘Community Energy Explorer’ for Community Engagement & Municipal Support

2:45 pm  -  3:00 pm

The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia has developed an online platform – Community Energy Explorer (CEE) (www.energyexplorer.ca). This unique visual web-resource is designed to build energy literacy and capacity among citizens, decision-makers, and local government staff on community energy and related land-use issues. CEE provides […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Understanding the Wisdom of Municipal Natural Assets Mangagement

2:45 pm  -  2:55 pm

Could low-cost, sustainable infrastructure solutions be all around us? Could forests provide water purification services? Could wetlands offer stormwater management services? For a growing number of leading-edge governments, the answer is yes, and the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) is helping Canadian municipalities seize this potential. The MNAI is helping to change the way municipalities […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Using Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Watershed Management Planning

2:50 pm  -  3:00 pm

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is exploring opportunities to develop and lead new approaches that are based on Syilx (Okanagan) knowledge. ONA developed a methodology to apply Syilx knowledge to both existing, and new, Syilx-led watershed planning processes. The methodology was developed through a literature review and case studies and several Syilx knowledge keeper workshops. […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Living the Goldilocks Dilemma – Balancing Infrastructure Renewal

2:55 pm  -  3:05 pm

Infrastructure renewal and asset management have become critical issues for local governments. Lake Country is an example of how a vision has become reality, and renewal is now a matter of good business for this municipality. Lake Country CAO Alberto De Feo, will review the foundational principles and strategies to a successful long-term asset management […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Growing a Sustainable Wine Industry in BC

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

The BC Wine Grape Council (BCWGC) has developed Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia, which promotes the adoption of strategies and practices that optimize pest, soil, and nutrition management, support efficient water and energy use, reduce waste, and contribute to biodiversity. The sustainability program will help the BC industry continue to grow quality grapes, and make outstanding […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Exploring the Evolution & Successes of Sponge Cities

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

With a current population of 113,000, a land area of more than 300 km2, 75 percent of which is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and an annual average growth rate of 2.5 percent, Township of Langley is one of the fastest growing municipalities in BC. This presents a delicate balance between the preservation of agricultural […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Enhancing Agriculture’s Ability to Adapt to Climate Change

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

How will climate change affect agricultural operations in BC, and what do we need to do today to ensure the sector remains resilient in the coming decades? Priorities and strategies for the agriculture sector’s adaptation to hotter and drier summer conditions, increased pest and disease pressure, and increased wildfire risk will be outlined with a […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Q&A

3:10 pm  -  3:25 pm

COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Exploring the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing Tool

3:20 pm  -  3:35 pm

Based on local government experience using the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool, this presentation will identify how understanding the infrastructure costs of different development scenarios, helps communities understand the full cost of infrastructure overtime (i.e. initial investment, maintenance, replacement costs). Additionally, this knowledge can positively affect their approach to asset management, land-use planning and […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Planning for Agriculture – Ensuring the ALR Remains Farmable Through Supportive Local Government Planning & Policies

3:25 pm  -  3:35 pm

The BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Strengthening Farming Program, provides policy and technical support for local governments and their farming communities, as they continue to move towards a viable agricultural future. Many communities throughout B.C. are facing a limited agricultural land base and a growing urban population; the two of which often experience increasingly direct and […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Interweaving Science & Spirit Through the Blue Ecology Model

3:25 pm  -  3:35 pm

Cultural knowledge cycles, accumulates, and shape-shifts through generations, just as water, the transitory element, cycles through the oceans, lands, and sky. Climate change will be re-examined through the Blue Ecology lens, a new water-first ecological philosophy. We need to acknowledge water’s central functional and spiritual roles in our world, by interweaving strong threads of western […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM 2: Collaborating for Energy Efficiency – FortisBC & First Nations Communities

3:25 pm  -  3:40 pm

Multiple funders. Different agendas and mandates. Different timelines and reporting requirements. Walking the tightrope of partner collaboration can be challenging. By teaming up and coordinating funding opportunities, the Okanagan Nation Alliance communities and FortisBC, have built some of the most energy efficient homes in the Valley, improved the efficiency of more than 250 existing homes, […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Cultivating Lives – The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School Incubator

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

The Tsawwassen Farm School is a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. We will look at the impacts of the Farm School on the community, the development of an incubator project, and the Tsawwassen Farm School model, which merges an educational program with a market […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Introducing a Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

The District of Barriere recently constructed the Barriere Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre and associated wastewater collection system. This was done with a 100 percent Innovation Gas Tax Grant along with District gas tax reserve monies. This unique double-walled 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse utilizes plants in the wastewater processing stream. A project team funded through […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Understanding the Potential Impact of Physical Capital & A Retrofit Economy

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

Existing buildings are key to a carbon-free future. They make up more than 80 percent of Canada’s building stock that will continue to be in operations in 2030 and beyond. This presentation will showcase research findings that offer a roadmap for the role that large commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential buildings can play in meeting […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Collaborating for Sustainable Food Systems in B.C.

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

Civil society is deeply engaged in work to improve food systems. However, many community-based groups are poorly resourced and must cobble together their efforts, project to project. Despite this reality, these groups are at the forefront of innovative and systems thinking when it comes to identifying and implementing positive food systems change. The BC Food […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Celebrating the Social Life of Water

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan exhibition is multifaceted and explores the watershed(s) of the Okanagan, and relationships inhabitants have had with their watershed(s) over time. The exhibition was developed collaboratively by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and artists from the educational, heritage, and environmental sectors. The content of the exhibition […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Funding Infrastructure Projects the FCM Way

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

From improving municipal asset management, to adapting existing municipal infrastructures to our higher intensity/frequency weather events, FCM has funding available to tackle these challenges. Come learn how FCM can help finance your next “green” capital project through a combination of grants and loans. Get inspired by some of Canada’s most innovative and exciting municipal capital […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Growing Good Food for All – A School-Yard Approach

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

Fresh Roots envisions a world of good food for all, where everyone has access to healthy land, food, and community. We do that by cultivating educational gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration. In other words, we grow 1/2 acre, productive, educational farms that provide: good food for the school community, cafeterias, […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM 2: Charging Ahead With the Nelson Community Solar Garden

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

The Nelson Community Solar Garden was placed in service in the spring of 2017. It is a 60 kW project led by the utility with buy-in from the utility customers. It is unique in Canada in that it uses a virtual net metering system, so that energy produced at the central location is credited to […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Exploring Trends in Residential Irrigation Efficiency

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

With climate change rapidly altering our water-use options, we all need to be on board with conservation-minded residential water use. In the Okanagan Basin, as well as throughout much of the westernized world, the largest portion of residential water use continues to be for irrigation. Many communities, including the City of Kelowna, have implemented strategies […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Funding & Support for Climate Resilient Infrastructure

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

With the wild weather of 2017, we’ve seen floods, droughts, and forest fires, many communities were directly impacted, and millions of dollars were spent in response and recovery work. Based on these significant costs and impacts, proactive communities are looking for ways to be better prepared and reduce vulnerability to future events. This presentation will […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM 2: FCM Funding for Climate Action Initiatives

4:05 pm  -  4:15 pm

If you are looking for funding for your initiatives focusing on climate change adaptation or mitigation, this is the presentation for you! It will highlight the main funding opportunities available through FCM programs, and provide concrete examples of initiatives adapting to our changing climate, and building more resilient communities. Facilitator: Carol Suhan Sponsor:

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Q&A

4:15 pm  -  4:30 pm

Tasty Talk Dine-Arounds

6:00 pm  -  8:30 pm

For this informative, inspiring, and fun event, you’ll pair your favourite food (from a restaurant near the conference venue) with a sustainability topic of your choice. This ‘chat-and-chew’ format has been highly successful at previous events.

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November 23, 2017

Registration

7:00 am  -  9:00 pm

INNOVATING FOR A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY

8:40 am  -  9:15 am

Hunter Lovins will describe the work of an international team of scholars, business leaders, investors, and activists to craft a narrative for an economy in service to life. A Regenerative Economy meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. It integrates the pragmatic business case of Natural Capitalism Based, with the Planetary Boundaries work of […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE & COMMUNITY HEALTH BREAKOUT: The Anatomy of Change – Examining Human Health in the Age of Climate Uncertainty

9:15 am  -  9:30 am

The global climate is changing and the health effects we are experiencing locally are becoming more apparent. On average, the temperature of the earth is rising and causing extreme weather events, flooding, and droughts. These changes affect natural and human environments like air quality, clean water, and food sources, and can have negative effects on […]

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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE BREAKOUT: Ecological Governance – Managing A Community’s Natural Capital

9:30 am  -  9:45 am

Gibsons’ natural capital assets, and the ecosystem services they provide, are a fundamental and integral part of the Town’s infrastructure. Natural capital assets provide clear advantages over engineered (or grey) infrastructure. They are cheaper to operate and maintain, if not degraded; may provide “free” ecosystem services; do not depreciate, if properly managed, and are carbon […]

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SHARING ECONOMY BREAKOUT: Share Aware – Mobilizing Local Government for the ‘Right’ Sharing Economy

9:45 am  -  10:00 am

We all learned to share in kindergarten, and hopefully that value has remained with us as we continue to share within our family units (shelter, clothing, food, etc.) and beyond. So how do we hold on to this shared value and scale it up, so that our communities can utilize Sharing Economy strategies to advance […]

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BREAKOUT: Improved Circulation – Getting to the Heart of Community Mobility & Health in the Netherlands

10:00 am  -  10:15 am

(Lessons from a year studying how the Dutch do “it” – Building Sustainable Communities – the Dutch New Towns) For 16 years, including a year living in the EU during his 2014 sabbatical, Gord has studied what makes the Netherlands tick, and what we can apply in Canada to help us create more sustainable communities. […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE & COMMUNITY HEALTH BREAKOUT: Exploring the Local Government Perspective on Climate Change

11:10 am  -  11:20 am

The extreme weather events of 2017 affected Okanagan residents, businesses, agencies, and local governments. On May 4th, a cool spring quickly changed to rapidly rising storm waters and flooding, which continued until late June with record setting precipitation and runoff issues. Before floodwaters receded, fire season started with a vengeance. Many Okanagan residents were thrust […]

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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE BREAKOUT: Thinking Like A Watershed – Pathways to Ecological Governance in B.C.

11:10 am  -  11:25 am

Watershed governance is emerging as a priority across B.C. and beyond, as we face an increasingly uncertain world and the mounting priority of water sustainability. This approach emphasizes the transformative role of local decisions and community engagement, in helping sustain healthy functioning watersheds and drive social and institutional resilience. This presentation will identify nine winning […]

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SHARING ECONOMY BREAKOUT: Understanding How Shared Mobility Equals Sustainable Mobility

11:10 am  -  11:20 am

The sharing economy is omnipresent. It is both a business buzzword and exciting sustainability concept. How does sustainable transport relate to ‘sharing’? What is ‘shared mobility’? And, does sharing matter if we can just ‘engineer’ our way out of sustainability challenges? Sponsor:

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BREAKOUT: Getting Active in SMARTer Growth Neighborhoods

11:10 am  -  11:25 am

Most of us have heard of SMART Growth – denser and mixed, but density is not always welcome, and often connotes high-rises or other forms of development that can negatively impact some contexts – NOT SMART to those impacted. So, local context is critical, as are many other system components that make for SMARTer Growth […]

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BREAKOUT: Enabling Cycling Everywhere For Transportation, Recreation, & Tourism

11:25 am  -  11:40 am

This presentation will feature the potential of cycling and walking as environmentally healthy forms of mass transportation in B.C., by highlighting successes in B.C communities. Policy, financial issues, and barriers to the rapid implementation of active transportation networks will be discussed. Additionally, measures that the Provincial and Federal Governments can undertake individually, or as part of […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE & COMMUNITY HEALTH BREAKOUT: Reviewing the Health Impacts of Climate Change Related to Food

11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Tony has been farming for many years, but nothing compares to the challenges faced this past growing season with the flooding in Armstrong, BC. Tony will be sharing his story of farming in a time of unpredictable weather, the potential impacts on the food that is available to us, and his historical perception on how farming […]

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SHARING ECONOMY BREAKOUT: Thriving on Collective Abundance – Getting Our Hands Dirty, Together!

11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Our inside world creates our outside world. This is also true in the context of addressing the ecological and social challenges of our times. Transition to a sustainable future requires a shift in our culture, values, objectives, and narrative to one that is supportive of our well-being and that of our planet. In this presentation, […]

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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE BREAKOUT: TBD

11:35 am  -  11:45 am

To Be Determined. Facilitator: Barry Williamson Sponsor:

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CLIMATE CHANGE & COMMUNITY HEALTH BREAKOUT: Facilitated Discussion

11:40 am  -  12:10 pm

Co-developing a narrative to identify individual and collective action for climate change, based on the catastrophic events of 2017 (landslides, flooding, and wildfires). Facilitators: Jill Worboys, Jennifer Jacobsen Sponsor:

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SHARING ECONOMY BREAKOUT: Building Intentional Co-Housing Communities to Address Multiple Social & Economic Challenges

11:40 am  -  11:55 am

If co-housing is such a great idea and will solve so many social problems (affordability, isolation, sense of community, aging in place), why haven’t we heard of it? Why hasn’t it been done in Kelowna yet? This presentation will focus on what co-housing is (and isn’t), what co-housing’s critical success factors are, and where co-housing has […]

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BREAKOUT: Building Rail Trails For Community Connection & Health

11:40 am  -  11:50 am

The experience of other rail trail organizations across North America has been very helpful in the planning and development of the Okanagan Rail Trail. Communities along the trail are well on their way to raising $7.8 million to fund construction of this 48.5 km trail. Donors from far and wide contributed nearly $5 million in […]

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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE BREAKOUT: TBD

11:45 am  -  11:55 am

To Be Determined. Facilitator: Barry Williamson Sponsor:

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CONVERSATIONS FOR A ONE PLANET REGION

1:00 pm  -  1:45 pm

Canadians have one of the highest ecological footprints in the world, more than five times the Earth’s biocapacity per person. Yet we only have one planet. So if others are to have a fair share of the Earth’s resources and a chance to satisfy human needs (not to mention the needs of non-human species), we […]

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LOCAL PROSPERITY BREAKOUT: Community Transformation – A Tour of the Centre For Rural Creativity

1:45 pm  -  2:00 pm

Peter Kenyan asks, “What do you care enough about to act upon?” It is an inclusive question about building community revitalization from the grass roots up. The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) is an innovation, education, and arts centre set in the village of Blyth in the heart of rural Ontario. Building on the […]

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COLLABORATIVE CHANGE BREAKOUT: Cooperatives – Re-emerging Tools For Innovation Through Collaboration

2:00 pm  -  2:15 pm

The food system has multiple points of entry that enable farmers and food producers to collaborate. From accessing land, sharing equipment, and hosting work parties, to aggregating product and marketing collectively, cooperatives are emerging throughout the food chain. And when people work together to reach common goals, the results can be magnetic, inviting even more […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Lighter Footprint Cities – The Needed Leadership, Innovation, & Collaboration

2:15 pm  -  2:30 pm

Cities are at the front line of sustainability. From innovative partnerships to city regulations and new business models, we’ll explore ways we can be supported in our daily lives to repair our things, commute differently, share more, use less toxic stuff, grow more food, and reimagine the way we live to be more fun and lighter on the […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: The Last Straw – Exposing the Growing Swell of Plastic Pollution

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

Midway Atoll is a series of small islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just about equidistant from California and Japan. Midway, BC is a small town with a big role in railway history. Between these two disparate places lies a lot of land, a big ocean, and a plastic pollution problem. During […]

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COLLABORATIVE CHANGE BREAKOUT: Planting Cottonwoods to Cultivate Cross-Cultural Bonds

3:30 pm  -  3:40 pm

The Black Cottonwood Ecosystem is among the rarest of plant communities in the Southern Interior of B.C., providing crucial habitat for a range of plant and animal species. For thousands of years, Syilx Okanagan peoples made efficient use of the whole cottonwood tree. The significance of the cottonwood (mulx) continues to be taught today. Our […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Setting the Stage For A Sustainable Future

3:30 pm  -  3:40 pm

In 2018, Wilden, Kelowna’s largest master-planned community, will approach the mark of 1000 homes built, roughly 40 percent of full build-out. Currently, the developers are preparing for the largest step in Wilden’s history: the creation of a town centre. The Wilden Village and Market Square will provide amenities within walking and biking distance for residents. […]

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LOCAL PROSPERITY BREAKOUT: Leveraging Procurement For Community Benefit

3:40 pm  -  3:50 pm

The Village of Cumberland was recognized as Canada’s first BUY SOCIAL municipality in 2015. Buy Social Canada is an internationally recognized third-party program, which certifies organizations and municipal partners who are proactively working to ensure that procurement works to add, rather than diminish, social value in society. The Village of Cumberland received the BUY SOCIAL […]

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COLLABORATIVE CHANGE BREAKOUT: Collaborating For Successful Watershed Change

3:40 pm  -  3:50 pm

The Roundtable is a collaborative body that coordinates and implements activities, which promote the long-term sustainability of the watershed. The Lower Coquitlam River Watershed Plan was created following a multi-year, bottom-up community planning process involving diverse sectors of interest in the watershed, including those with legislative authority. As new development advances into Greenfield areas of […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Introducing the SMART Growth Task Force

3:40 pm  -  3:50 pm

The Smart Growth Task Force is comprised of more than a dozen thought leaders working within local and regional government, TransLink, civil society, consulting, and the development industry. The Task Force sees immense potential in British Columbia, to develop leading practices and legislation in the highly linked areas of land-use planning, transportation, infrastructure, and housing. […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: Safeguarding Coastal Shorelines With Proactive Legal Solutions

3:40 pm  -  3:50 pm

B.C. has hundreds of coastal communities. Climate change and rising sea levels pose challenges for these communities, with increasing flood risks and coastal erosion, but also offer opportunities to strengthen connections to coastal ecosystems and improve resilience. From a local government perspective, jurisdiction below the high water mark is limited, but through collaboration (working with […]

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LOCAL PROSPERITY BREAKOUT: Unleashing the Power of Community Capital

3:50 pm  -  4:00 pm

A coalition of community investment funds in B.C., are pursuing a strategy to unleash the $4.5 billion plus in annual private investment for communities to create social, economic, and environmental benefits, while also paying a private return to investors. The Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-op is one of these models of community impact investing, adapted […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Valuing the Link Between Community Planning & Human Health

3:50 pm  -  4:00 pm

The way in which our built environments are designed and constructed, has profound effects on many different aspects of our health and well-being. Planning decisions influence neighbourhood design, the quantity and quality of parks and green spaces, the location of schools and services, and other factors like air and water quality. Those characteristics help to […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: Shaping Sustainable Futures For Mining Communities in B.C.

3:50 pm  -  4:05 pm

B.C.’s mining industry is frequently thrown into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons: mega-disasters, ongoing pollution, and mine proposals that won’t die. The Fair Mining Collaborative has developed a suite of tools, freely available to communities that are considering mining proposals, or dealing with the ongoing effects of mining in their area. This presentation […]

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LOCAL PROSPERITY BREAKOUT: Tantalizing Taste Buds with Foodie Fridays

4:00 pm  -  4:10 pm

The second year for Foodie Fridays, a weekly outdoor lunch food market in Prince George, was in 2017. This unique program was developed by the City as a way to increase traffic and activate the downtown core, while responding to the evolving business desires of local entrepreneurs. Foodie Fridays is unique in that it allows […]

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COLLABORATIVE CHANGE BREAKOUT: Marketing Collaboration For the Westside Wine Trail

4:00 pm  -  4:10 pm

Over the last six years, West Kelowna’s wine industry has grown substantially, from eight wineries to 13 (and a number in the planning stages), to become one of the Central Okanagan’s most sought after destinations for wine! Much of the success of West Kelowna’s wine industry growth and desirability, can be attributed to the City’s efforts […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Amplifying the Voice of Youth in City Planning & Design

4:00 pm  -  4:10 pm

Cities and towns are increasingly facing massive challenges such as affordability, climate change, transportation, and homelessness, and they need community involvement to effectively address them. Youth are the greatest untapped resource in solving our communities’ greatest challenges. CityHive acts as a bridge-builder between municipalities and youth to create win-win-win solutions for youth, municipalities, and the broader […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: Using Inclusive Outdoor Education to Shape Happy & Healthy Stewards For the Future

4:05 pm  -  4:15 pm

The benefits of outdoor education are well documented and increasingly in demand in our community. Yet there are still challenges to overcome to accommodate the children who would thrive in the nature classroom setting. At the same time, more support is needed for local food production. As it turns out, reconnecting these two worlds results […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Testing New Approaches to Target-Based Urban Centre Planning

4:10 pm  -  4:20 pm

The City of Kelowna is piloting a new target-based approach to urban centre planning. Over the last several years, the City has developed several policy and research tools such as the Urban Centres Roadmap, and the Vacant Lands Inventory, to serve as the foundation for future urban centre planning work. This presentation will review Kelowna’s overall […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: Using Innovative Funding Mechanisms to Protect & Restore Natural Capital

4:15 pm  -  4:25 pm

All over B.C., local governments and organizations struggle to finance sustainability and quality of life in our communities. Nature benefits our communities by providing essential services to us for free – every single day. A healthy, functioning environment is the underpinning of our clean water, pure air, farming, tourism, recreation, and robust property values. While […]

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November 24, 2017

Registration

7:00 am  -  12:00 pm

EXPLORING THE ECONOMICS OF A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

8:40 am  -  9:05 am

Chris Ragan will discuss why a broad-based price (or tax) on carbon emissions should be a vital component of any policy package, which is aimed at enhancing the transition to a low-carbon economy. He will review the state of play for carbon pricing across Canada. He will also address whether other policies will be needed […]

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FUELING THE CHANGING CLIMATE OF GREEN ENERGY

9:05 am  -  9:30 am

To have any chance at avoiding the more catastrophic effects of climate change, a sharp acceleration of clean energy production is needed – a pace of change in our energy systems we have never seen before. Tom Rand will speak to the barriers facing accelerated cleantech adoption, ranging from financial to psychological to political.

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TAPPING INTO THE WATER METER DEBATE

10:00 am  -  10:45 am

If research shows that water meters are such a good idea, why is it still such a challenge to get communities on board? Some communities embrace water meters with nary a fuss, while others are met with protest, citing lack of control or calling it just plain unfair. Soak up wisdom from our panel of […]

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BRIDGING THE AGE GAP FOR INNOVATION & COLLABORATION

10:45 am  -  11:45 am

I believe in the importance of intersectionality, allyship, feminism, climate action, and love in creating a truly sustainable world. But climate change is a meta-issue of our generation, and solving its many problems can only be done while acknowledging the disparities that exist between social hierarchies and categorizations. Viewing these through a lens of compassion, […]

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WAYBLAZE ENGAGEMENT & CROWDFUNDING OUTCOMES

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm

In the months leading up to the conference and during the conference itself, Fresh Outlook has invited conference participants to use the Wayblaze online crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform, to contribute ideas for community projects in each of the four conference themes:  food security, climate action, water stewardship, and community capital. We have also invited participants […]

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