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.
We will establish and convene a cross-sector, multi-stakeholder task force to provide expertise and ideas for action. Residents from the region will be able to recommend action ideas using an interactive online engagement tool.
The process will build on existing sub-regional plans, initiatives, policies and bylaws, identifying region-wide opportunities. We will identify regional food system best practices, develop a SWOT and gap analysis, and then the task force will create the implementation plan.
We have developed the workplan, deliverables and task force terms of reference, and will recruit members over the summer. The first task force meeting will occur September or October 2017.
Thanks to the Real Estate Foundation of BC for providing half the project funding, and to these organizations for their funding contributions:
- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
- District of Squamish
- Resort Municipality of Whistler
- Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
- Squamish Savings
- Whistler Farmers Market
- Nesters Market Whistler
Other project supporters confirmed to date include:
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society
- Squamish Climate Action Network
- Stewardship Pemberton Society
- BC Food Systems Network
- Upland Agricultural Consulting
- Lil’wat Nation