US News & World Report picks up Alex Bigazzi's research

SCARP Transportation Planning Assistant Professor, Dr. Alex Bigazzi, was interviewed by the Huffington Post about his recent research on just how healthy walking and cycling are when the faster we travel, the more polluted air we inhale. Dr. Bigazzi has discovered that there is an optimally healthy speed to travel that may be slower than you think.

Here is the Huffington Post interview.


Penny Gurstein Wins Women of Distinction Award

SCARP Director Penny Gurstein has been recognized with a prestigious 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in the category of Education, Training & Development.  She was selected out of a group of five highly accomplished educators at an event hosted by the YWCA at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Wednesday, June 8.  Upon receiving the award, Penny spoke about the importance of planning to every community, and highlight the work that SCARP graduates do around the world to advance equity and social justice. 

A 'Powerful' Profile of SCARP's John Friedmann

As John Friedmann turns 90, author Mike Douglass (a former student of John's) has written what SCARP Associate Director, Maged Senbel calls "a short but powerful depiction of some of John’s many contributions to the field of planning. I am certain that for every achievement that Mike mentions there are dozens more that are too numerous to mention." 

Full text of the article can be found at: http://jpe.sagepub.com/content/36/2/255.full 

100 Resilient Cities Project Funds Vancouver

Penny Gurstein would like provincial and federal governments to recognize the important role that cities play in people's lives - the Rockefeller Foundation does. Vancouver has received a grant from the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a non-profit organization that "helps cities plan for natural disasters like earthquakes and work on long-term planning issues like sustainability and transit".

Read the full article from Metro News


Most Metro Vancouver councillors support mandatory water metering

While few households in Metro Vancouver have water meters, the political will for mandatory metering is strong, according to a new survey conducted this summer by researchers at the School of Community and Regional Planning of the University of British Columbia.

The researchers surveyed elected councillors and mayors in the region and found that 68 per cent are in favour of mandatory water metering.

In a survey of 45 elected councillors and mayors in the region, they found 68 per cent were in favour of mandatory water metering, with the rest being opposed (19 per cent) or neutral (14 per cent).

“While cities such as Victoria, West Vancouver and Richmond have been able to provide a water meter to nearly all residents, much of British Columbia and many cities in Metro Vancouver are far behind national coverage rates – most cities have no water metering policy and have been hesitant to introduce water meters,” said report author Jordi Honey-Rosés, an associate professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC.

“It’s important to understand why elected officials’ might be hesitant to go forward with stronger action on water metering. Political...

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