Prince George’s built environment is directly responsible for approximately 33% of the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, the real impact of the built environment is much larger then that, when you consider that transportation choices and emissions are also strongly influenced by the configuration of our communities. The Provincial Government has set targets for municipalities to reduce their GHG emissions by 80% (from 2007 levels) by 2050, and cities such as Victoria and Vancouver are developing even more aggressive targets. This talk will discuss strategies for reducing energy use and GHG emissions in the built environment, with a focus on strategies that apply to Prince George, and strategies that individual citizens and community groups can influence. The talk will conclude with a brief introduction to research being conducted as part of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions’ Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Project, that is investigating energy and emissions futures for BC communities.
Jon Salter, PhD elementsLab, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia
Jon is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, where he works on tools for urban planning and design (www.elementslab.ca). He completed his PhD in 2015 on public engagement in community-scale energy planning. Jon is currently working on a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) project that is investigating the interactions between urban form, energy, and emissions under the effects of different policies. The end goal of this PICS research is to provide policy-relevant recommendations to municipal governments and practitioners about effective approaches for meeting climate action targets.
This event is hosted by the Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society with support from PICS.