Greenest City Conversations is an innovative, interdisciplinary and wide-scale research project aimed at developing multiple channels for public engagement on sustainability policies. Its two main goals are to:

  1. Facilitate discussion, solicit and analyze public attitudes and opinions on, and support for, a variety of sustainability policies; and
  2. Provide a comprehensive understanding of the content and impacts (both qualitative and quantitative) of different modes of public engagement (“channels“)

It will serve as a pilot project for potential future applications in other jurisdictions and at other scales.

Research Questions:
How do different modes of interactive, large-scale public engagement impact Vancouver residents’ and stakeholders’ willingness to engage in discussion of, and support for collective action on sustainability (in the form of particular public policy and complementary citizen initiatives connected to the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative?

a) How do different modes of engagement (‘channels’) affect the amount and type of participation?

b) How do different modes of engagement affect the views of participants with respect to certain Greenest City goals, concepts and proposed policies?

Faculty and students at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University are leading this research project.

Greenest City Conversations is a two-year public engagement action research partnership being undertaken under a Memorandum of Understanding between UBC and the City of Vancouver. Learn more about the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative.

Additional project partners are Pacific Institute for Climate Studies (PICS), BC Hydro, MetroQuest, and GRAND NCE.

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Greenest City Conversations Project
Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Room 431, 2202 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC,
Tel: (604) 369-1750

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