Green Rainwater City Microgrants

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Our Green Rainwater Microgrant project provides an opportunity for specific local communities, both those that are already closely involved with Vancity engagement as well as those which are under-represented by current city projects, to participate in and receive funding to assist in the development and maintenance of one or more Green Rainwater installations, which can then be used to clean and re-purpose rainwater in Vancouver.

School:

UBC

Course:

Arts Amplifier/City of Vancouver Research Project

City of Vancouver:

  • Sheri DeBoer
  • Julie McManus

Student Team:

  • Tamar Hanstke
  • Esteban Izquierdo
  • Sonia Di Placido
  • Ranjit Prakash

Term:

Fall 2022

Summary

The city is building green rainwater infrastructures in various neighbourhoods around Vancouver.

This includes areas such as Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, China Creek, Marpole, Dunbar, Point Grey, Downtown North, Downtown South, Balaclava, etc., to deflect any influx of rainwater which could impede roadways, community spaces, organizations, and residences.

The Green Rainwater Microgrant Infrastructure project provides an opportunity for specific local communities, both those that are closely involved with Vancity engagement as well as those which are under-represented by current city projects, to participate in and receive funding so that they may assist in the development and maintenance of one or more Green Rainwater installations.

Our project is to provide recommendations to Vancouver for creating Green Rainwater microgrant programs that reflect, educate, and involve potential local community GRI stakeholders in order to have them interact, be present with, and collaborate in the creation and development of GRI.

While our project is not yet complete, our work comprises several deliverables that have already produced promising outcomes:

1. A literature review of past, similar microgrant programs, resulting in recommendations for a specialized GRI microgrant program that reflects the interests of both VanCity and local stakeholders

2. Plans for inspiring stakeholder engagement that comprise an expansive range of community involvement, including communities that have been underrepresented by past city projects

3. The creation and development of a comprehensive city stakeholder list both for the city’s reference and to facilitate individual stakeholders’ movement from marginalized classifications to an established position in the city

 

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