Sustainable Communities

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We work with regional and municipal governments, community partners, and businesses to improve proactive sustainability planning that integrates social, economic, and environmental considerations and meet the needs of families and children, particularly those that are most vulnerable.

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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PUBLICATIONS

The intersection of climate transitions and equity

September 27, 2022

On September 20th, 2022, Climate Equity team members Lorenzo Magzul and Chelsea Power had the opportunity to speak to the BC Poverty Reduction Community of Practice. The CoP meets monthly to learn from each other, to enable professional self-development, and to build capacities of their local poverty reduction initiatives. You can view the presentation as … Read more

Policy + Protection: How municipalities can increase density while protecting tenants

September 27, 2022

In a push to increase housing supply, tenant displacement, increased rental costs, and decreased access are often unintended consequences. However, local governments can implement policies that help to minimize these negative effects. Join us from 12-1:30pm PST on September 28th for a solutions-based conversation. This is a chance for you to have your ideas heard … Read more

Filling the Gap: analytics to support housing for all in Greater Victoria

September 14, 2022

Piloting the HART Method in Greater Victoria What is affordable? Affordable for whom? When is affordability not enough? These questions are at the core of housing needs assessments that allow governments to meet the housing needs of everyone in the region. The HART Method, developed by UBC’s Housing Research Collaborative, offers an approach to determining … Read more

Missing Middle Housing

August 9, 2022

On August 4, The Community Social Planning Council share this presentaiton to Victoria Council, highlighting support for the Missing Middle Housing Initiative in Victoria. Here are three key points of the Missing Middle Housing Initiative: This initiative will increase housing supply in terms of sheer numbers and housing type options. Increased density has a positive … Read more

Preparing for Extreme Heat Events

July 20, 2022

While this summer has, so far, been on the cool side for Greater Victoria, the risk still exists for extreme heat events in July, August, and even September. Following last year’s devastating heat dome that killed 619 people in British Columbia – the majority of victims being renters, on low-income, and seniors – we hope … Read more

2022 Doughnut Webinar Recording

April 25, 2022

 

Equity in Zoning: a community discussion paper

December 13, 2021

Download the Equity in Upzoning discussion paper

The Regional Food System Indicator Framework

February 24, 2021

The Regional Food System Indicator Framework For the 2020 Good Food Summit that took place at the beginning of December, the CSPC  developed the Regional Food System Indicator Framework. This framework explains how we track our progress towards building a robust community food strategy and reaching the outcomes and targets of the Good Food 2025 … Read more

We are a finalist!

September 15, 2020

What is your project? From a young woman developing a cup share to immigrant women upcycling clothing, the success of the green recovery hinges on opening doors for a diversity of entrepreneurs. There are inequalities in income and earnings for newcomer entrepreneurs while being a green entrepreneur comes with its own challenges. As we build … Read more

Transportation ACES (Access, Climate, Economic Security)

June 29, 2020

The Community Social Planning Council has been actively engaging with regional and international partners on just transitions. Within this initiative we have launched the Transportation ACES project to design a regionally focused climate equity framework for transportation decision making. We are interested in using this framework to maximize co-benefits in program planning decisions that lead … Read more