Our MissionInspire and facilitate effective conversations and planning for a better world.
Squamish-Lillooet Food Project – Advancing a more sustainable regional food system
The Whistler Centre for Sustainability is leading a project to advance region-wide initiatives that create a more sustainable food system in the Squamish-Lillooet region. Building on existing plans and policies, and a scan of best practices and existing gaps, the project will convene key food and agriculture players from across the region to share successes that can be scaled up, to identify barriers that require region-wide solutions, and identify and secure commitment to implement what’s needed across the region to improve farm protection, food production, local processing, marketing, etc.
The project follows on the heels of the Southwest BC Bioregion Food System Design Project recently completed by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The Centre will provide support, facilitation and assistance to advance region-wide initiatives, working with the region’s local governments and with the many food and agriculture-related organizations.
Building Capacity in BC’s Small Communities for Affordable Housing
Affordable housing remains a challenge for communities large and small throughout BC. While almost all communities in BC have policies in their Official Community Plans (OCPs) supporting the development of affordable housing, implementation of these policies and actually getting homes built remains a challenge. Working with BC Housing, the Centre has been researching tools and leading practices for building affordable housing in small communities.
“What We Heard” – the results of our surveys and interviews with affordable housing practitioners and experts can be found here.
We are hosting three workshops to share our learnings, including our scan of leading practices, and to facilitate the development of local strategies. The workshop dates and locations are:
- November 1st: Castlegar – Castlegar and District Community Complex
- November 3rd: Cranbrook – Cranbrook History Centre
- December 8th: Courtenay – Best Western Westerly Hotel
We are process design and engagement and facilitation experts. We work with a client to identify the goals for engagement, who we need to engage with, how to engage, and then we design and facilitate an effective and creative process to meet those engagement goals.