After speaking to a couple of locals, taking a look at the local menus, and talking with our fellow travelers, we would like to briefly summarize our observations and conclusions about environmental sustainability in Reykjavik:
May 12th, 2015: An inspirational meeting at the Capital Regional District (CRD) head office with City Councillor and CRD Board member Ben Isitt, City of Victoria senior planner Kristina Bouris, and CRD planners Nikki Elliott and Katie Pearson, on creating “walkable, talkable” cities in Greater Victoria.
This afternoon was spent with UVic staff member and fellow traveller Ken Josephson, who taught us the importance of community involvement in map making and the benefits it offers. He shared with us some of the important work of Green Maps, an eco-minded mapping organization that works with communities to share environmentally sound activities, food, culture and shops across the globe. Ken is an active member of this organization.
We are a group of 32 sustainably minded students, faculty and family from UVic's geography department spending 30 days travelling through countries of Northern Europe. Our journey will bring us to Iceland; Stockholm, Malmö & Lund in Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin and Hamburg in Germany and finally Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Europe, a continent of rich and diverse history that will soon be home to 32 more Canadians - at least for the next 4 weeks. During the Victoria portion of our field school, we were fortunate enough to have two UVic professors come in and teach us about Europe; Dr. Valerie D'Erman and Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly.
But first, Cam (Dr. Owens) gave us a lecture on our destinations and showed us an abundance of maps, which naturally made the group excited since it is a geography field school after all. These maps included, but are not limited to, topics such as: