Strategic Sustainability and Community Infrastructure

Strategic Sustainability and Community Infrastructure Strategic Sustainability and Community Infrastructure is a new research study conducted by the Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University

“Near collapse, crumbling, looming crisis” - from tragic events such as the collapse of bridges and contamination of drinking water, to the negative impacts on overall quality of life, Canada’s infrastructure deficit continues to make headlines. More recently, we’ve heard from Federal and Provincial leaders that investments in infrastructure are “the best and fastest way to use public funds to help Canada avoid the worst of a global economic recession.”

While the infrastructure deficit and needed investments represent an enormous challenge, they also provides an historic opportunity to replace our existing infrastructure and re-shape our communities in a more sustainable manner.

Understanding how to capitalize on this opportunity was the focus of a two-year research project by the Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) entitled, Strategic Sustainability and Community Infrastructure . The project was funded through Infrastructure Canada’s Peer Review Research Strategy and was conducted in partnership with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.