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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

unConference: Living Future 2014

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its seventh annual unConference, Living Future 2014, on May 21 - 23, 2014 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon.


Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats provide provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future.

May 21 to 24 2014, 10:30pm - 7:00am

Building Resilient Cities, at GLOBE 2014

Close to 10,000 participants from more than 50 countries will converge for GLOBE 2014, North America's largest conference and exposition focused on the business of the environment taking place in Vancouver, Canada, March 26-28.


Mar 26 to 29 2014, 9:00pm - 7:00am

Planning Cities for Climate Change:Lessons Learned through Energy Modeling and Community Engagement


Planning Cities for Climate Change: Lessons Learned through Energy Modeling and Community Engagement


When: February 12th, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Where: UBC Robson Square, Room C300, Theatre, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC


For more information and to register: http://www.planningcitiesforclimatechange.eventbrite.ca


Feb 13 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm PST

Planning Cities for Climate Change: Lessons Learned through Energy Modeling and Community Engagement

Professors Ronald Kellett, Cynthia Girling and Maged Senbel are frequent collaborators in the Elementslab, a research group they formed inthe Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia to develop and apply sustainability-oriented research and tools for urban planning and design processes.


Feb 13 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm PST

FCM 2014 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show

The 2014 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) is heading to Charlottetown, PE. Find out how you can make your community safer, stronger and greener - come and join hundreds of your municipal colleagues as they meet to discuss how to adapt for extreme weather events and overcome today's challenges to local sustainability.


Feb 12 to 14 2014, 1:00am - 10:00am

Seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

The seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals will deal with: 

- Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport 
- Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) 
- Climate change and disaster risk reduction 


Live webcast available at UN WebTV 


Jan 07 to 11 2014, 1:00am - 10:00am

Communitas Experts’ Workshop on Sustainable Cities & Human Settlements in the SDGs

Organized by the Communitas Coalition – UN Habitat, Tellus Institute, ICLEI 
and nrg4SD – in collaboration with UN DESA, Member States Friends of Cities, 
Major Groups & Stakeholders and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions 
Network (UN SDSN).

Drawing on a participatory process, the Communitas Coalition seeks to:

1. Advance sustainable urbanization as a key component of the future UN 
Development Agenda, its Goals, tools, means of implementation and 

Dec 06 to 07 2013, 1:00am - 6:00am

Free Webinar: Public Policy Implementation and its Implications

Often new public policy is detected at the launch of a new program. While much attention is paid to getting a new policy approved, the true impact is not fully appreciated until implementation. This webinar sheds light on current policy implementation discourse, provides rural examples, and discusses different action approaches.




Dr. Lars Hallstrom


Nov 29 2013, 2:00am - 3:30am PST