Rosemary Cooper is the curriculum coordinator for the Sustainable Community Development Certificate at Simon Fraser University.
She is also principal of CreatingPLACES, a firm that helps catalyze sustainable and equitable solutions for the places we live, work, do business and learn. CreatingPLACES emphasizes strategies that blend the ideals of the public and non-profit sectors with the entrepreneurial pragmatism of the private sector.
Her work includes:
- sustainable community development — inclusive community renewal and revitalization; affordable homeownership through shared equity; and strategic decision-making for sustainable results
- communications and training — market research and curriculum design for post-graduate professional education; storytelling to inspire change
- green economic development — workshops, marketing and business case for small and medium-sized businesses to go ‘green’; strategies for office and home greening.
Rosemary holds two interdisciplinary degrees and a post-graduate certificate that focused on many fields including biology, land use planning, economic development, organizational development, marketing and communications. Her master’s degree at York University focused on integrating economic development with community planning to foster sustainable communities.
Prior to private practice, from 1996 to 2006, Rosemary was a professional planner, working on the GVRD sustainable region initiative, triple bottom line land developments, and previously, based out of New York, managing a program recognized by the American Planning Association for its outstanding results helping communities shape more sustainable futures.