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“Promoting Community Sustainability :Linking Research and Action”. Presented by:. And. Dr.Beth Savan, Director, Environmental Studies Program, Innis College, University of Toronto. Dr.David Bell, Director, York Centre for Applied Sustainability, York University.

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“Promoting Community Sustainability:Linking Research and Action”

Presented by:

And

Dr.Beth Savan, Director, Environmental Studies Program, Innis College, University of Toronto

Dr.David Bell,Director,

York Centre for Applied Sustainability, York University

a community university research alliance cura

a Community University Research Alliance(CURA)

Supported by:

Social Sciences and Humanities

Research Council of Canada

Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action

www.sustainabletoronto.ca

what is a cura
What is a CURA?
  • A new funding program from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • 22 Community University Research Alliance pilot projects funded in 2000 across Canada for 3 years (many others funded in 2001)
    • including our project, Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action
  • Primary goal for all CURA projects
    • to link community groups and universities, combining forces to tackle issues of common concern

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

what is a cura1
What is a CURA?
  • based on the European “Science Shops” model
  • Primary goals for all CURA projects:
      • formally recognize role of community groups in undertaking research
      • recognize value of action-oriented research
      • encourage university outreach to the community
      • form partnerships for research and action

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

what is sustainability
What is Sustainability?
  • Brundtland definition
  • Five broad requirements:
    • Integration of conservation and development
    • Satisfaction of basic human needs
    • Achievement of equity and social justice
    • Provision for social self-determination and cultural diversity
    • Maintenance of ecological integrity

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

sustainable toronto major objectives
SUSTAINABLE TORONTO Major Objectives
  • Engage all sectors
  • Increase collaboration
  • Build capacity
  • Enhance education
  • Aid informed decision-makers
  • Develop a network

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

our founding partners
Our Founding Partners
  • Environmental Studies Program, University of Toronto
  • York Centre for Applied Sustainability, York University
  • City of Toronto
  • Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
  • Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Health Promotion and Environmental Protection Office -Toronto Public Health
  • Learning for a Sustainable Future
  • FoodShare
  • Citizens’ Environment Watch
  • Map Reflections
  • Sustainability Network

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

the projects
The Projects ...
  • Seeds of Our City
  • Monitoring for Sustainability
  • Community Right to Know
  • Promoting Awareness of the Links between Health and Environment
  • Professional Development for Sustainable Learning
  • Building Management Capacity in the ENGO Sector
  • Understanding Shifts in Canadian Environmental Governance
  • Building Effective Leadership
  • Tool Kit for Sustainable Governance
  • Understanding and Facilitating Community-Based Research in Canada

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

our model
Our Model
  • Research and action projects designed
  • Graduate and undergraduate students from York University and U of T hired
  • Academic Advisor from host university will assist research
  • Community group provides real-world application
  • Collaboration encouraged to help forge new alliances
  • Communications and outreach
  • New partners for future collaborations

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

what the academic community brings to the community groups
What the Academic Community Brings to the Community Groups
  • New contacts
  • New funding and publishing opportunities
  • New openness
  • New skills and rigour
  • Student resources

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

what the community groups bring to the academic community
What the Community Groups Bring to the Academic Community
  • A sense of place
  • Interesting research agenda
  • New skills
    • communication
  • Concrete environmental results
  • Opportunities for faculty and students to work in communities

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

early outcomes
Early Outcomes
  • new course and curriculum innovations
  • field work in community water monitoring for high school students links with GIS-based tool
  • Work Study
  • Graduate Research Assistants
  • Professional Experience Course
  • involved 70 students in the first half of the project
  • redesigned website for Toronto Public Health pulls together and analyses all existing publications
  • directory of ethno-cultural organizations and the environment published
  • CIELAP’s Community Right to Know study

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action www.sustainabletoronto.ca

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Focus on:

Project 7 Understanding Shifts in Canadian Environmental Governance Dr. Douglas MacDonald, Environmental Studies Program, U of T  

Project 8 Building Effective Leadership Keith Stewart Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) 

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action

contact information
Contact Information

Barbara Schaefer barbara.schaefer@utoronto.ca

Project Coordinator 416 978 0169 tel

Sustainable Toronto 416 971 2078 fax

Beth Savan b.savan@utoronto.ca

Director 416 978 7458 tel

Environmental Studies Program 416 971 2078 fax

Innis College, U of T

David Bell dvjbell@YorkU.CA

Director, 416-736-2100 x77095

York Centre for Applied Sustainability, 416-736-5436 fax

York University

Alison Collins acollins@YorkU.CA

Project Manager, 416-736-5914 tel

York Centre for Applied Sustainability, 416-736-5436 fax

York University

www.sustainabletoronto.ca

a Community-University Research Alliance Promoting Community Sustainability: Linking Research and Action