In this video, East Vancouver-based author Matt Hern reflects on the importance of keeping displacement and dispossession in mind when talking about urban sustainability. The Cascadia Sustainability Field School met up with Matt at SFU's Woodwards Campus (Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories) on May 24, 2016. Video produced by UVic students Matthew Callow, Ian Flock and Hannah Schick.
Cascadia 2016 Field School spent an afternoon speaking with planners and activists learning about the challenges and benefits to implementing a cycling network for all ages and abilities. Here the students weigh in on whether Wharf St or Government St is better suited for the Biketoria plan.
On May 19th, 2016, students from the 2016 Cascadia Sustainability Field School visited the Compost Education Centre in Victoria, BC. Site Manager Alysha Punnett showed us around the site and gave an introduction to the practice of permaculture and the concept of a food forest.
On the first day of the 2016 Cascadia Sustainability Field School (May 12, 2016), the students were guided through PKOLS, formerly Mount Douglas, by W̱SÁNEĆ poet Kevin Paul. Kevin was not keen on being filmed, so this video documents the reflections of the students on this profound experience.
Whether it was a walk in the woods with W̱SÁNEĆ poet Kevin Paul, lessons on urban agriculture, or the complex details of implementing bike lanes in the city, we can almost all agree connectivity within the urban environment is vital to sustainability. This became a major theme evident throughout our time in Victoria.
"The City is the Classroom" - City Studio Vancouver
This video produced by 2013 Cascadia Field School students highlights the collaborative approach to learning being developed by City Studio- Vancouver. Duane Elverum introduces this energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement sustainability solutions in support of the City of Vancouver's Greenest City plan. Check it out...
On Wednesday we traveled off campus to Fernwood to help out at the Springridge Commons permaculture project. We were met by several local activists; Chris Norseth, Aaren Topley, and Chris Hildrith, all of whom are involved in VIctoria's local food system. Aaren introduced the ideas of food security, food sovereignty and food literacy, which he and CR-Fair, the organization he represents, are trying to improve in Victoria.