Spring Gillard

Jetson City

Saw this “Paris smart city” model on Green Renaissance. I’m not a big fan of these Jetsonian developments. Have we gone density crazy?

Certificate in Sustainability

For anyone looking to break into a career in sustainability or wanting to move into a sustainability position in your current job, you might want to check out the Certificate in Sustainable Community Development offered at Simon Fraser University. The program was designed for professionals who wish “to implement […]

Sustainability in Tough Times


I’m beginning to plan for this year’s applied sustainability course at Simon Fraser University (SFU). It’s essentially a two day tour where we go out and look at real life sustainability in action. Each year varies, but Olympic Village is always featured. The photo above shows the district energy system “smokestacks” […]

It Takes a Village

We have been touring the Olympic Village with design manager Roger Bayley for four years now in the SFU Applications course, part of a certificate in Sustainable Community Development. We were crawling around in the bellies of buildings looking at the green infrastructure long before the athletes moved in.

Last year, post Olympics, the Village […]

Sustainability, Of Course

I am an instructor for this SFU certificate program. My colleague Nina Winham and I developed and deliver the Applications Course – essentially a three day mobile workshop looking at real life cases and talking to experts along the way. The program is a joint offering from the Centre for Sustainable Community Development and City […]

Creative Clusters

Tom Stearns is coming to Vernon, BC. He’s one of my heroes. If you don’t know him, you’re about to hear who he is. He’s the owner of High Mowing Organic Seeds and one of the residents of Hardwick, Vermont who helped to save their town by focusing on the local food system. Or as […]