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Intersection of Development, Sustainability & Diaspora

Simon Fraser University's Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Institute for Diaspora Research & Engagement, School of International Studies, and the Faculty of Environment's Development and Sustainability Program invite you to participate in an inaugural conference focused on the intersection of development, sustainability and diaspora studies.


Intersection of Development, Sustainability & Diaspora


Sep 20 to 21 2014, 11:00pm - 8:00am

A Message on Climate Change to World Leaders

Please join this urgent message for delivery at the United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 by signing it online here.  Please also share this message widely with your own networks of friends, colleagues, students, and other associates so that they too add their names to this urgent appeal. 

Jul 08 to Sep 23 2014, 11:00pm - 7:00am

The Future is Local – Progressive Governance Forum

Highlighted Session:  

Rising to the Climate Challenge – Across the country, local leaders are experiencing the brunt of climate change impacts, through unpredictable weather patterns and damage to infrastructure. And across the country, local leaders are rising to the challenge, through greenhouse gas reduction strategies, recommitments to public transportation, green energy, and more. The crisis of climate change is global, but many of the most impactful actions are possible right where you are.

May 29 to 30 2014, 11:00pm - 5:30am

Research Conference Webcast: Policy Innovation for Greening Growth

Sustainable Prosperity, Canada's largest environment-economy research network and think-tank, is pleased to announce our 2014 Research Network conference.


This major research conference brings together leading academics from across Canada and the world, with select policy experts from governments and NGOs. We will share knowledge and build an ambitious research agenda for the next 5 years - aimed at answering key questions that can accelerate the shift to a greener economy.


Apr 28 to 30 2014, 10:00pm - 8:00am

The Good Life, The Green Life

The Good Life, The Green Life


Register to attend at Eventbrite (www.goodgreenlife.eventbrite.ca)

Or watch the Live Web Stream (www.pics.uvic.ca/events/live-webcast)

Where: SFU Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.


Apr 25 2014, 8:00am - 10:00am PDT

Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This international conference will address the linkages across key natural resource sectors so that jointly improving the efficiency is considered to be a win-win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability.


May 19 to 21 2014, 10:00pm - 8:00am

SDSN's SDG Indicators comments due

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched after Rio+20 to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.  The Centre for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver is one of three Canadian members of SDSN.  We are tracking SDSN discussion and gathering input.

Mar 27 to 29 2014, 10:00pm - 8:00am

Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference

The Natural Step Canada is convening Accelerate because we—and the organizations we work with—realize that an organization can only go so far alone on their sustainability journey before they run up against barriers that require them to work with new partners. We hear the increasing calls for greater engagement and collaboration with diverse groups to solve the complex sustainability challenges of our time.


Jun 05 to 07 2014, 9:45pm - 7:00am

World Urban Forum 7

This year, the Seventh session of the World Urban Forum will take place April 5-11 in the city of Medellín, located in the department of Antioquia, in Colombia. With the support of the Municipality of Medellín and the Government of Colombia, Medellín will host the WUF, offering its own inspirational award-winning urban landscape to over 10,000 expected participants representing 160 countries. 

Apr 05 to 12 2014, 10:00pm - 7:00am

Local Food Hubs: filling the gaps in the local food system

While global markets have driven down the relative price of food and expanded the variety of foods we eat, there is a growing interest in eating local and supporting local farmers. In Metro Vancouver agriculture is an important part of the economic and cultural landscape. The challenge is to develop solutions that build the local food economy by matching consumer interest in local foods with the means of bringing food from local fields to our tables. One solution may be the development of local food hubs.


Mar 12 2014, 9:30pm - 11:00pm PDT

Equator Prize 2014

The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce its call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014, which will recognize twenty-five (25) local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.


Mar 23 2014, 7:00am PDT

A Conversation with Bethesda Green Executive Director, David Feldman


Bethesda Green, in Bethesda Maryland, is a non profit grassroots community organization that brings business, government and the public together  to promote a healthy economy and sustainable living.  It is one of the most successful organizations of its kind in the United States.


Mar 14 2014, 12:15am PDT