November 2012

SCI launches infrastructure costs and urban growth management guide!

Meeting the infrastructure needs of a rapidly growing population can often overwhelm the capacity of a city to pay for new infrastructure while maintaining its existing stock of roads, water and wastewater facilities, schools and other public facilities and services. Tackling these problems begins with local governments and their stakeholders and citizens making better choices on growth management – how, when and where a city should grow.

New MC3 Case Synopsis Released: City of Dawson Creek

A new MC3 case study synopsis has been released, featuring the City of Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek is a city with a population of approximately 11,000 located in BC’s Peace Region. Its oil and gas industry is a major contributor to the city’s economy; however, in the midst of this industry, the City has developed some of the most innovative climate change and sustainability-related initiatives in BC. Years before the Carbon Tax was instituted, Dawson Creek had already begun the process of reducing its corporate and community GHG emissions.

World Meteorological Organization press release: GHG has reached a record high

The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) annual greenhouse gas (GHG) bulletin has noted that GHGs reached a record high in 2011.  In a press release put out to the public early this week, the WMO explains that a 30% increase in radiative forcing (the warming effect on climate) has occurred between 1990 and 2011.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 85% responsible for this increase in radiative forcing, and atmospheric CO2 has increased to 40% above the pre-industrial level.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

The Students for a Just and Stable Future of Harvard University initiated a campaign in September that calls for a divestment of Harvard’s endowment from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel corporations. Supported by the Better Future Project and, Divest Harvard is the first Harvard student group in over half a decade that has gained enough signatures to qualify a referendum question for the student government elections and make fossil fuel divestment an official position of the Harvard College Undergraduate Council.

Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place

Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place is a recently release book on sustainable urban planning created through 12 contributors and three primary editors, Ann Dale (Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, Royal Roads University), William T. Dushenko (Vice-President Academics at Yukon College), and Pamela Robinson (School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University).