This project will provide an interactive web-environment to communicate research products completed in the ongoing “Visualizing Urban Futures” project to prepare a Visual Primer on Community Energy. The web interface will broaden and deepen community engagement and social learning on critical issues related to community energy and land-use planning. The interactive web interface will be developed with partners and community members, and will allow users to better understand and explore emerging community energy issues. The project will have the following elements:
a) Content development – to enhance the current Community Energy Primer by expanding
coverage of neighbourhood retrofits and district energy systems. Comprising around 25% of the
project deliverable, this will provide citizens with easy-to-understand data and visualization
examples that are readily applicable to local communities.
b) Web development – an interactive interface incorporating the recently developed data and
visuals on community energy in the current Primer (a static pdf file report), presented through a
range of interactive communication media (text, graphics, animations, dynamic ‘fly-through’ 3D
visualizations, video, etc.) allowing users to choose media to suit their learning preferences and
further promote accessibility. Using the new HTML5 and other interactive presentation
software, the web version will provide queriable, interactive web-mapping of various regional
renewable energy supplies across Metro Vancouver, and allow users to calculate their own
community’s green energy capacity for the first time.
c) Expanded user-base – (i) In addition to local citizens, the project will support practitioners, cityplanners, municipal engineers, and other associates working on land-use planning and
community energy. It will provide a digital “template” for other communities beyond Metro
Vancouver and enable them to populate results by entering their respective data/numbers.
(ii) One of CALP’s parallel projects is the development of an educational ‘Future Delta’ video
game that demonstrates possible effects of climate change on the City of Delta and ways to
mitigate it. Outputs from the digital Primer will be integrated into the video game and thus
made accessible to youth across schools and colleges in Delta and more widely.
For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Stephen Sheppard at CALP.
Funded by: Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Neptis Foundation, and Metro Vancouver (2013 – 2015), and supported by our partner the City of Richmond.
Project Leader: Dr. Stephen Sheppard
UBC Researchers (CALP): Rory Tooke, Shirlene Cote, Sara Barron
UBC Students: TBD