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Sustaining the Commons: Ideas and Actions for a Green Economy

Sustaining the Commons: Ideas and Actions for a Green Economy

The Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) held its 2013 biennial conference from October 31-November 2, 2013 at York University. The theme of the conference was "Sustaining the Commons: Ideas and Actions for a Green Economy." The "commons" is homage to the late Elinor Ostrom, an ecological economist and Nobel Laureate who pioneered work on

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From Community Power to Community Conservation: Motivating and Measuring Conservation Actions of a Captive Audience

From Community Power to Community Conservation: Motivating and Measuring Conservation Actions of a Captive Audience

The project aimed to build, execute, and measure the effectiveness of a community-based energy conservation program targeted at current community power initiative participants, and to share those findings and subsequent recommendations with government, community and energy agencies, and organizations throughout southern Ontario. Through this Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge, the outcome was for the community to

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Sustainable Energy Transitions: Linking Pro-Environmental Behaviour to System Innovation

Sustainable Energy Transitions: Linking Pro-Environmental Behaviour to System Innovation

The purpose of the research project is to explore the links between consumer adoption of innovations in energy services and sustainability transitions in Ontario's energy sector. It focuses on the question of how pro-environmental decisions and behaviours are conceptualized and encouraged, and how these relate to system innovation for a sustainability transition in Ontario's energy

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StudentDwell+: Reimagining Student Housing

StudentDwell+: Reimagining Student Housing

StudentDwell+: Reimagining Student Housing is a three-day event from May 1-3, 2019 that is taking place at York University. The goal of StudentDwell+ is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts including academics, students and practitioners to advance and disseminate knowledge on student housing; create new research collaborations across disciplines, sectors, and geographies; and

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Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership

Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership

The Joint Clean Climate Transport Research Partnership (JCCTRP) is a new interdisicplinary and transdisciplinary research partnership focusing on issues related to transport and climate policy in Quebec, California, Ontario and Vermont. Partner organizations include universities, private research institutions, businesses and community/non-profit organizations in Quebec, California, Ontario and Vermont. The ultimate goal is to identify technical, economic and

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NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network

NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network

The NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet) is a  five-year, $5M pan-Canadian network of 15 universities and 26 industry and government partners focused on the future of energy storage. The project explores different types of energy storage, including flywheels, lithium-ion batteries and compressed air, to determine how best to integrate these technologies into electricity grids. Researchers

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Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

The research aims to inform and advance Government Response Statement (GRS) actions, as well as provide new insights into the ecology of polar bears in Ontario. The overarching goal is to better understand the influence of climate change on the ecology and biology of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay. Funding:  Species at Risk Research

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Ocean frontiers: An interdisciplinary workshop on the changing contours of marine space and resource access

Ocean frontiers: An interdisciplinary workshop on the changing contours of marine space and resource access

This two-day workshop, entitled “Ocean Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Changing Contours of Marine Space and Resource Access,” brought together a network of interdisciplinary scholars to explore the political-economic and ecological dynamics that shape new resource practices in marine zones. The overall goal was to unite social scientists and ecologists to share their understanding

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Developing the Ecological Footprint Research Initiative

Developing the Ecological Footprint Research Initiative

The Ecological Footprint Initiative is a partnership between the Global Footprint Network and York researchers who are working to enhance the accounting methodology and improve data on which the concept of ecological footprint is based. The goal is for York to become the global data center for the National Ecological Footprint Accounts, starting in 2019,

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Linking participatory mapping in local risk mapping to strengthen resilience: A pilot study in Mexico

Linking participatory mapping in local risk mapping to strengthen resilience: A pilot study in Mexico

The project aimed to address gaps in research by developing a deeper understanding on how municipal governments use the Atlas in planning and development. Mexico is already known globally for its best practices in disaster risk reduction, including its disaster risk management framework, but it has been found that there are issues with the municipal

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