Fernwood University begins next Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at the Cornerstone Cafe. The lecture starts at 7:30pm, so try and get there a bit early so you can find a seat and grab a treat before the action starts.

Speaker: Kim Fowler, Sustainability Planning & Integration Specialist, www.SustainabilityMakesCents.com

The presentation will cover some of the critical sustainability issues facing urban municipalities in Canada, including a massive infrastructure deficit, destabilizing climate change, and an ageing population, which will require communities to ‘live within their means’ for the first time in 2 centuries.  Come join in the discussion of community sustainability.

Kim is a municipal sustainability expert with a proven record of successfully implementing sustainability in several municipalities. Her design of the Sustainability Initiative for the City of Port Coquitlam integrated 12 land development activities from the corporate strategic level through the budget to individual projects.  The Initiative won a 2006 Smart Growth BC award.  She project managed the development concept and land sale of the Victoria Dockside Green lands, which were awarded the highest LEEDTM Platinum point total in the world for the first two development phases.  The Dockside project has won over 20 sustainability awards.

Article/Book Recommendations:

  1. City of Victoria budget
  2. City of Victoria, Financial Sustainability Policy
  3. Open Victoria, News, Victoria’s Budget Crisis
  4. ICLEI White Paper, Financing the Resilient City:  A Demand Driven Approach to Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation
  5. Paul Hawken, You Are Brilliant and the Earth is Hiring
  6. United Nations, Our Common Future, From One Earth to One World
  7. National Round Table on Environment and Economy, Paying the Price:  The Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada
  8. Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Climate Change and Food Security in British Columbia 
  9. Professor Ann Dale, Royal Roads University, A Policy Agenda for Canadian Municipalities
  10. Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Ahead of the Wave:  A Guide to Sustainable Asset Management for Canadian Municipalities
  11. Asset Management BC – various best management practices for infrastructure, including model policy, case studies, roadmap guide
  12. Todd Litman, University of Victoria, Yes, We Can Have a Healthy Environment and Economic Development: Reconciling Conflicting Planning Objectives