Paths to Sustainability in the Iranian Community

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An investigation of the challenges and possibilities for including the Iranian community in the city’s sustainability efforts.

School:

UBC

Department:

Science

Course:

SCIE 420: Sustainability for Community and the World

Instructors:

  • Gunilla Oberg
  • Jenalee Kluttz (TA)

City of Vancouver:

  • Wendy Avis | Sustainability

Student Team:

  • Daniel Frederiks
  • Harris Sheldon

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area:

  • Lighter Footprint

Summary

The City of Vancouver has a long-term goal of reducing the ecological footprint of the city by 33% relative to the 2006 levels. This may be achieved by reducing the overall consumption of energy and maximizing sustainability programs. To facilitate this, it is crucial that the City is able to communicate and engage with the diverse and multicultural fabric that is the Vancouver community. Our project involved reaching out the Iranian community to this end. Through a series of interviews we attempted to answer the following questions: To what extent is the Iranian community in Vancouver receiving information from city programs regarding sustainability and the one-planet initiative? And, how is this research being received and how receptive is the Iranian community to this information? We then use this information to make recommendations on how the City could go about approaching sustainability together with the community. Through this project we learned about the various priorities and challenges that exist in the Iranian community in Vancouver.

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