The Pipedreams Project was mounted in April 2010 when two colleagues and I began preparing for a 900 km kayak expedition along B.C.’s coast, to explore the issues surrounding the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. What began as a search for effective ways to get involved in big decisions like these has grown into a full campaign, inspiring and facilitating hundreds of people from all walks of life to voice their opposition to oil tankers in B.C.’s waters. Like B.C.’s wild coast, our project continues to evolve, creating connections with other campaigns focused on B.C.’s marine issues, such as the concern over increasing crude oil tanker traffic through the port of Vancouver, and the plight of B.C.’s wild salmon due to salmon farming. As a director and co-founder, I was largely responsible for project design, goal setting, strategic planning and implementation. Key outcomes and achievements include:
• Identifying, outreach and relationship building with First Nations groups, local communities and other stakeholders.
• Organization and delivery of nation-wide media communications, interviews, and press releases.
• Innovative integration of a variety of media into projects, including website and graphic design, writing, photography, film, and social media.
• Citizens’ engagement with federal and provincial environmental regulatory processes.
• Inclusion of balanced social, economic and environmental sustainability approaches in lobbying and outreach.
Find out more at www.thepipedreamsproject.org
As a result of the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Act, BC Housing introduced their livegreen plan sustainability strategy in 2008. The livegreen plan provided a roadmap to help fight climate change by reducing the environmental footprint of new and existing social housing in B.C. In the two years following its implementation the livegreen plan resulted in a number of energy-saving successes, however the plan lacked any focus on the environmental behaviours of its tenants. I was tasked to create a plan to engage BC Housing tenants in environmentally sustainable behaviours. My findings focused on the incorporation of meaningful tenant engagement into its sustainability planning and decision-making processes. More information is available online at https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/34373.
The South End Meadow is a remnant Plains Rough Fescue Grassland located at the southeast corner of Prince Albert National Park. Only 5% of the remnant Plains Rough Fescue Grassland ecosystem’s original distribution remains; it is considered an endangered ecosystem in Canada. As early as 1947 this meadow has been subject to haying by local farmers, the removal of aggregate for construction within the park, associated vehicle traffic, suppression of wildfires and subsequent encroachment of seral forest, and the invasion of non-native species. The landscape features associated with its history are not only visually unappealing for visitors, but also pose a risk to the ecological integrity of the park. I was tasked to investigate the environmental history of this meadow and draft an environmental restoration plan addressing these issues.
Outcomes of my work included a plan for: