Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CityStudio's Current Greenest City Projects, Spring 2012

SFU Dialogue students enrolled in CityStudio Vancouver this spring have recently begun working on the following Greenest City projects. Stay tuned for updates! 

1. A Bird Program for Vancouver

Group members: Stephane Fontaine, Nicole Jahraus, Taryn Cheremkora, Rebecca Savoie
Key Starting Questions
  1. Why are birds important?
  2. What is a bird program?
  3. Where is Vancouver’s bird program now?
  4. Who are the stakeholders that need to be engaged to begin with the above questions?

2. Community Conversations
We will be engaging the residents of Renfrew-Collingwood and Mount Pleasant in conversations about their local green spaces under the leadership of Lindsay Cole. We will be discussing four subject areas: street trees, park trees, streets–to-parks and food assets in parks. Simply put, we will be designing the process to figure out what the residents want in their neighbourhoods and identifying the sites in which these projects can take place. 

Group members: Kathleen, Grace, Silvia and Jenna. 
Contact: Silvia Mora

Key Starting Questions
  1. How do you make each stakeholder feel like they have a valued and equal voice in discussions?
  2. What is our role going to be and how are we going to contribute to the project?
  3. How do you reverse the effects of top down planning and engage the residents while gaining their trust?
  4. How do we remain open minded to new ideas as we move forward in the project?

3. Parks Board Stories
We hope to generate public support and awareness of the Parks Board's initiatives.

Group Members: Keith, Spencer, Zlatina, Michael
Contact: Zlatina Pacheva -

Key Starting Questions:

  1. What does this look like around the world? (i.e. best global examples of Parks Board public relations)
  2. What is the Vancouver Park's Board currently doing? What has worked for them and what hasn't?
  3. What is public relations? (i.e. what does academia say?)
  4. How do you tell the story of an organization? Why tell the story?

4. Underutilized City-owned Spaces

Group Members: Victoria Veidner, Martyna Purchla, Becky Till, Jaclyn Bruneau

Key Starting Questions:
  1. What constitutes an under-utilized space and according to whom?
  2. Who are the past, present, and potential users of this space?
  3. Who are potential partners that already have information about what a specific community wants - and about who could potentially maintain the space after we are gone?
  4. How will we know when we have identified the best way to bring meaning and purpose to a place?

 5. 150,000 Trees
Group Members: Scott, Michelle, Franco, Leanne. 
Contact: Scott Earl -

Key Starting Questions:
  1. What is being done and who is doing it?
  2. What stage is the city at in the development of the urban forest management plan and what can we contribute?
  3. What would a stakeholder map of NGOs look like?
  4. Who are the 5 most important people involved in the plan?
  5. What are best (and worst) practices for urban forest management and planting?
  6. How do we best convey the importance of planting 150 000 trees to residents and businesses?
  7. Why was the goal selected?

Trees are a vital asset for all neighbourhoods for their provision of ecological, social, economic, and health-related benefits

Collaborate with our client (The Parks Board) to meaningfully contribute to the Greenest City 2020 goal of planting 150,000 trees

Contact Parks Board to begin “tree conversation”
Create a stakeholder map of NGOs and other local groups to gain a sense of the “climate”; who supplies trees
Go on an inspiring tree walk

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