Archive for April, 2010

Shifting Gears: Elyse Parker

Our latest video: Active Transportation in Toronto

Shifting Gears II Lecture Series:
Transportation, Health and the Built Environment

Sponsored by the Bombardier Foundation and the Active Transport Lab at the University of British Columbia and BC Recreation and Parks Association. 

Elyse Parker, as the Director of the Public Realm Section for Toronto’s Transportation Services Division, is actively re-envisioning streets and public spaces through city greening, sustainable practices, beautification and active transportation.  Find out how Toronto is taking designs for a healthy city – and healthy people – to the streets.

For video: click here.


April 26, 2010 at 10:20 am 2 comments

Projecting Change Film Festival

Details and program here.  And SFU students get $2 off!

April 19, 2010 at 8:09 am Leave a comment

Post-Game Analysis


Post-Game Analysis: How Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler planned for the Olympics.

For those who organized the logistics and planning for the Olympic Games, there was no second chance to do it right. And with the world’s media in town, no way of hiding. PlanTalk has brought together six civic representatives to discuss how they did it and what they learned.

Dale Bracewell, Director of Olympic Transportation, City of Vancouver
Ken Melamed, Mayor of Whistler
Richard Newirth, Acting Manager of Cultural Services, City of Vancouver
Sean Pander, Climate Change Program Manager, City of Vancouver
Cathryn Volkering Carlile, General Manager of Community Services, City of Richmond
Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, City of Vancouver

Date: April 28, 7 pm
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets: Admission: $15. PIBC/RAIC/AIBC members: $10. Students: $5. Payable by cash or cheque at door.
Advance reservations required at:

Co-sponsored by Planning Institute of British Columbia — South Coast Chapter, Metro Vancouver RAIC Chapter, and SFU City Program.  PIBC members: 2 CPD units; RAIC / AIBC members: 2 Core LU.

April 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Active in Action


Active in Action: New principles for a sustainable world
April 21, 7 pm
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Admission is free; as seating is limited, reservations are required. Reserve at

How do we take the principles of active living, combine them with active transportation and expand our ideas and concepts to achieve a fully sustainable world? An ambitious question – and one that Dan Burden takes on in a new and fresh presentation.

Dan is an internationally recognized authority on active transportation, livability and sustainability, with 38 years of experience. He will illustrate implementation strategies for all sizes of communities, from those wanting to remain rural in character to those that are highly urban, with examples from Bogota to Abu Dhabi.

Sponsored by BC Recreation and Parks Association, Bombardier Foundation and the Active Transport Lab at the University of British Columbia and SFU City Program. Web:

Unfortunately, the Thomas Osdoba lecture on April 15, “A 22nd Century City: Reinventing our DNA” has been cancelled due to speaker unavailability

April 14, 2010 at 9:03 am Leave a comment

Brian Wynne on Climate and Genomes

SFU’s School of Communication and Genome British Columbia Presents:

A Seminar with PROFESSOR BRIAN WYNNE, Associate Director of (CESAGen) – Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at Lancaster University, UK.

CLIMATES and GENOMES: How do we put the social into science for sustainability?

Monday, April 19, 2010
SFU @ Harbour Centre, Room 2270
12:00 pm ‐ 2:00 pm

Brian Wynne is Professor of Science Studies at CSEC and at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen) at Lancaster University, UK. His work has covered technology and risk assessment, public risk perceptions, and public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision‐making.

Free and open to the public.

April 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Thomas Osdoba: A 22nd Century City

A 22nd Century City: Reinventing our DNA
April 15, 7 pm
Venue: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at

What will it take to transform our cities? What changes do we need to make in the basic operating code in how cities function? In this lecture, Thomas Osdoba will argue for creating a culture of innovation around sustainability — and ways to make it happen.

Thomas Osdoba is Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, and Principal at Tao Strategies. He is the former Sustainability Manager for the City of Vancouver and has served as the Acting Director of the Canada Carbon Trust. He has 20 years of experience in environmental policy development and initiatives to promote and support sustainable development.

Sponsored by HB Lanarc Consultants Ltd and the SFU City Program .

April 7, 2010 at 8:06 am Leave a comment