Planning for a Sustainable Future: Approaches for Localizing the SDGs on Vancouver Island Symposium

Globally, guided by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), steps are being taken to achieve a more sustainable future for all. Join other registered professional planners across Vancouver Island at the Planning for a Sustainable Future: Approaches for Localizing the SDGs on Vancouver Island symposium to discuss how you can localize the SDGs for your communities and support the global movement.

Arrowsmith Media - MABR

November 18, 2021

Beach Club Resort, 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC 

10:00 am - 3:30 pm 

As part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 17 SDGs call all countries across the world to action to achieve a more sustainable future for all. Action is required from all levels, including local governments, organizations, and individuals, to ensure the success of the SDGs and that nobody gets left behind.  Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) received funding from the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program to promote and advance the SDGs at both VIU and surrounding communities on Vancouver Island. As part of a series of events and activities, MABRRI hopes to engage registered professional planners on Vancouver Island at the Planning for a Sustainable Future symposium in conversations for SDG implementation within their communities. 

All Vancouver Island planners are invited to the one-day symposium to start the conversation and potentially be part of a new Island-wide initiative on aligning long range community planning with the SDGs. Achieving the 2030 Agenda requires local action and many of the targets identified by the UN speak specifically to activities that are the responsibility of individuals and communities. As professionals and citizens, planners will play a key role in making progress toward this Agenda.  

Planners in attendance will be eligible for 4.5 Continuous Professional Learning Credits that are required as a part of your PIBC membership.

Outline of the Day

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Welcome & Introduction to the SDGs 

 

10:30 am - 10:45 am: Activity - Applying the SDGs in the Planning Context 

This activity aims to highlight connections between the planning profession and the SDGs.

 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm: Panel presentations - Examples of Localizing the SDGs 

The panel presentations will showcase communities in BC that are actively incorporating the SDGs into their communities and how their incorporation will impact the planning profession. 

 

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Catered Lunch 

 

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm: Workshop - Localizing the SDGs 

The Localizing the SDGs workshop aims to identify key SDGs for Vancouver Island and facilitate discussions focused on how planners on the Island can utilize key SDGs to move their communities closer towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. 

 

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Closing

Registration 

Planning professionals who are currently practicing on Vancouver Island are encouraged to participate in the Planning for a Sustainable Future: Approaches for Localizing the SDGs on Vancouver Island symposium. Your participation will not only increase your capacity to localize the SDGs into your community, but will also move you closer towards fulfilling your PIBC Continuous Professional Learning credits for the year. Planners in attendance will be eligible for 4.5 Continuous Professional Learning Credits.

Registration fee: $99

Because of its hands-on nature, this symposium is limited to 40 participants. Space is limited! If you RSVP and are no longer able to attend, please let us know by cancelling your RSVP so that others are given the opportunity to attend.

Registration closes on November 4 at 11:59 pm.

Register now!

COVID-19

We are mindful of the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are committed to following BC’s COVID-19 guidelines and regulations and adapting to updates as they come. Therefore, all participants will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend the symposium. If you are feeling unwell leading up to the symposium, we ask you to stay home. If the situation with COVID-19 worsens, the symposium will be shifted into a fully virtual format.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney.Vaugeois@viu.ca

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Throughout 2018 and 2019, the MABRRI team investigated how VIU is meeting the SDGs. Through an extensive review and community engagement, the MABRRI gained an understanding of how VIU is meeting the SDGs and can continue to do so in the future. In early 2021, VIU received funding from the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program for the Universities and the SDGs: Engaging the campus community with the 2030 Agenda project. This project aims to continue promoting and advancing the SDGs at VIU and its surrounding communities through community outreach and raising awareness on the SDGs. The primary outcome of the community outreach is to increase exposure and knowledge of the SDGs at VIU and surrounding communities. Ideally, increasing knowledge of the SDGs will foster collaborative projects amongst VIU and surrounding local organizations to further address the SDGs regionally.

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In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs call for immediate action from all countries to achieve a more sustainable future for all. Acting as a blueprint, the Goals aim to lead nations to achieve social, economic, and cultural prosperity while simultaneously caring for and protecting the earth.

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We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that this event is taking place on the traditional territory of the Snaw-naw-as peoples.

The Universities and the SDGs project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program. 

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