Written by Chris Karu, MA Planning Candidate (2016), ULI BC YLG
On Monday March 21st, 2016 40 participants convened at Stantec’s offices in downtown Vancouver for an evening of discussion on Vancouver’s Sustainable Building Practices.
The first part of the evening began a World Cafe group discussion – breaking the group into smaller roundtables for more intimate discussions on a particular question and then coming together to ‘harvest’ key thoughts. This portion of the event spurred lively discussions as the room was abuzz with 6 tables all discussing two rounds of questions: “What is a sustainable building” and “What will sustainable buildings look like in 2030”. Given the diverse backgrounds and interests in the room, numerous aspects were touched on including social sustainability, materiality, design techniques, passive standards, amongst others.
After wrapping up a lively group discussion, the event shifted to a panel including Chani Ritchie from DIALOG, Chris Higgins from the City of Vancouver, Erik Blair from Metro Vancouver, and Ray Pradinuk from Stantec. Building off the World Cafe discussions the panel talked about Vancouver’s status as a leader in sustainable building techniques, the barriers to implementing sustainability in buildings in Vancouver, and even confessions of difficulties with implementing sustainable practices at home.
The event was a great evening of discussion with lively interactions amongst attendees and panelists. The hope is to build off this format and continue creating fun events for participants moving forward and to continue fostering dialogue on sustainability.