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On April 8 and 9, 2011, representatives of Vancouver community organizations
and neighbourhood groups engaged in dialogue about how we can move more
sustainably into the future as a sustainable city of sustainable neighbourhoods.

This site has been set up to provide timely access to materials from the
Symposium and will be expanded over time.

Links to April 9 Discussion notes and outcomes (draft working papers):
Morning Session: 8 Questions leading to Strategies
Afternoon Session: 8 Strategies leading to Actions


Part 1: Setting the Framework   Friday, April 8, 7 - 10 pm
  • Ten local champions speak on key ingredients of sustainability for
    neighbourhoods  Videos
  • Share your ideas on what is essential to the sustainability of a
    neighbourhood, and on the City's definition of sustainability

Part 2: Identifying Strategies and Actions   Saturday, April 9, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Hear success stories of neighbourhood/City collaborations for
    sustainable development  Videos
  • World Café: brainstorm key strategies
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Plenary session to prioritize actions


  • Bring together community leaders from across the city and sectors
    to brainstorm ideas for effectively integrating city-wide and
    neighbourhood-based sustainability initiatives.
  • Collectively identify from these ideas specific actions or strategies
    that are most likely to be replicable and successful.
  • Prioritize and select the top three to five actions and/or strategies
    for further development.


The Commission will present the recommendations from the symposium to Council.

A Sustainable City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods is an initiative of the Vancouver City Planning Commission,
a Council-appointed volunteer advisory body, and not the City of Vancouver.