FENV - 2016 Spring Mingle

April 12, 2016

FENV Spring Mingle - April 12th, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

The format for the afternoon is:

1:00 - 1:50 Undergraduate Student Symposium (lightening talks) at SWH 10081
2:00 - 3:15 Faculty Lightening Talks at SWH 10081
3:15 - 4:30 Reception and Graduate Poster Viewing at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

See the agenda below for full details. To help us plan with catering, please r.s.v.p. to Angie Van Vliet at fenvsec@sfu.ca by March 11. We hope you will be able to join us! Click the [PDF] to read the detailed program schedule and agenda. 

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Can Cities Help With Climate?

Mark Jaccard, Director and Professor, Resource and Environmental Management
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a major policy objective, but for two decades policies by national and regional government have been largely ineffective. This failure has motivated municipal governments to consider a larger role. But as with all government climate policies, it is important to make sure that wishful thinking biases do not cloud our understanding of what is actually achievable. Engineeringeconomic-environment models offer a way to assess what has and can be achieved by municipal governments when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Creating New Pathways Towards Governance for Sustainability in Whistler

Alison Gill, Professor, Geography
‘Sustainability’ is now an established element of policy discourse at all scales of governance. However, implementing
transitional strategies towards more sustainable futures is a major challenge. The resort of Whistler has sought to develop innovative governance strategies towards this end for more than a decade. The challenges and obstacles to creating this new pathway are presented.

Institutional Innovation in the Great Bear Rainforest

Alex Clapp, Associate Dean, Faculty of Environment and Professor, Geography
Peace in the Great Bear Rainforest came after years of debate, research and planning, culminating in a final agreement expected in 2015. We examine how this remapping process has evolved by reflecting on the emergence of novel institutions that solve bilateral problems and embody and implement the compromises between stakeholders. Remapping serves as both a normative metaphor for the conflicts and a prescription for environmental planning that generates new institutions to replace conflict with cooperation. Institutional innovation has been required to enable bargaining, structure learning, and move towards peace in the woods. The outcome of remapping is an increasingly complex architecture of institutions, based in both civil society and the state, intended to promote sustainability, resilience and legitimacy.

Heritage and Environmental Planning on San Cristóbal Island, Galapagos

Ross Jamieson, Associate Professor, Archaeology Survey and excavation of a 19th century sugar plantation on San Cristóbal reminds us that local agricultural communities have existed on the Galapagos Islands for a long time, and that the relationship of these communities to the National Park is an emerging area of community planning to protect both fragile ecologies and fragile heritage resources.

Planning Post-Paris

Roseland, Director, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, and Professor, Resource and Environmental Management
Paris connotes many meanings, but post-Paris in this talk refers to two of them: the recent Paris terror attacks, and the Paris climate summit underway now. What are the implications for urban and environmental planning of these two very different notions of Paris?

On the Importance of Long-term Historical Data in Environmental Planning

Collard, Professor, Archaeology; Human Evolutionary Studies Program
Chris Carleton, PhD Candidate (Presenter)
Chris Carleton will try to convince you that archaeological and other long-term historical data should be given more weight in discussions about environmental issues than is currently the case. The main reason such data should be taken more seriously, he will argue, is that the long-term effects of processes can be different from their short-term effects. This means that if, as is typical at the moment, we rely exclusively on modern data to inform decision-making we may well miss important outcomes. Chris will illustrate this point with a study that Dr. Collard, his colleagues and he have recently completed concerning the effect of climate change on warfare among Classic Maya city-states between 363 and 888 CE.

Grounded in values, informed by science: The selection of valued components in a First Nation regional cumulative effects management system

Katerina Kwon, MRM-Planning Candidate, Resource and Environmental Management
The ability of socio-ecological systems to continue to provide social, economic and environmental benefits to communities depends on effective management of the cumulative effects of industrial development. This is particularly evident in BC, where the provincial government announced plans to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry. By June 2015, 66 major projects were proposed in BC’s North Coast and 17 projects directly related to LNG processing and shipping plants in foreshore areas. These projects could have significant social, cultural, economic and ecological impacts for the Metlakatla First Nation, whose traditional territory is located in this region. I propose an improved methodology for identifying and selecting valued components for the management of cumulative effects in a First Nation context. I applied this methodology to a case study in Metlakatla’s traditional territory. Cumulative effects are changes to valued components – elements of the environment that people and communities care about – due to past, present and future human activities. Valued components are at the core of any cumulative effects management system, but methodological challenges exist for selecting well-defined valued components that explicitly incorporate local knowledge and Aboriginal values.

Heritage Planning; Urban Development in Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga – the Value of LiDAR

Travis Freeland, PhD Student, Archaeology
In the West Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, a densely built archaeological landscape has been overlain by modern development, especially in the capital city of Nuku’alofa. This poster explores the utility of LiDAR (aerial laser scanning) remote sensing and GIS for identifying and managing heritage resources in the (sub)urban areas of this Pacific island nation.

Politics and Practicality in Staffing Greater Vancouver’s Harm Reduction Service Providers

Alison McIntosh, MA Student, Geography
This poster examines planning that occurs within, and around organizations that provide services for low-income people who use drugs (PWUD) and live with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). It looks at the relationships between these workers in these organizations, their funders, and the Greater Vancouver regional context. Evidence of these relationships is drawn from research on food provision in harm reduction service providers, and on relational poverty, shadow state, food security, and institutional geographies literatures. The 30 organizations studied include drop-in centres, low-barrier housing, emergency shelters, grassroots drug user organizations, and a safe injection facility. Some are programs and partners of funding bodies, others are community-based and funded through government, NGO, and donor resources. I conclude by reflecting on the ways in which relationships between harm reduction service providers are imbricated with regional and organizational planning concerns as they form local geographies of harm reduction service provision.