Grants

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Animals in Science Policy Institute

Replacing animals in secondary school science education

A switch to non-animal methods in education is important for animal welfare, education, and student empowerment. This project aims to understand the cultural shift in secondary teaching required so that non-animal alternatives for dissection are more readily adopted. We plan to: 1) survey BC teachers to assess their perspectives on dissection, and identify obstacles to and opportunities for the adoption of non-animal alternatives; 2) poll the BC public to assess their views on dissection; and 3) hold an expert panel event that will bring together international experts on the issue of non-animal alternatives for dissection to identify novel strategies for creating cultural change in teaching
$10,000.00
2017

Replacing animals in secondary education: a path to building an ethical culture of science

The practice of dissection causes harm to millions of animals and is a barrier to building an ethical culture of science that respects animal life. Our project aims to influence a systemic and cultural shift in secondary teaching so that non-animal alternatives to dissection are used more often, and become the norm. We support pre- and in-service teachers with lesson plans and materials and encourage student leadership with our outreach activities. Using alternatives in early science education will influence future scientists to more readily consider and use non-animal methods. This shift will reduce the numbers of animals used in science and subjected to the related welfare harms.
$150,000.00
2017

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

Thingery - A Lending Library of Things

Equipment lending libraries are proven models for reducing a neighbourhood's ecological footprint. Despite long established lending library organizations in most Canadian cities, lending libraries struggle to scale. We've worked with three neighbourhoods in Vancouver to show that there's an appetite for more lending libraries that are located directly in neighbourhoods. Our project will pilot three equipment lending libraries, called a Thingery, in shipping containers and through donations of underutilized equipment, provide community members with access to equipment that they don't ever need to own.
$75,000.00
2017

Cetus Research & Conservation Society

Expanding Killer Whale Protection

The effects of living in a heavily industrialized,urbanized area & a massive increase in vessel traffic (as well as the live-capture business which killed/captured at least 47) has put intense pressure on KWs. With a complete picture of vessel interactions, this project will enhance their immediate well being and contribute to bringing about the systemic change necessary for their survival. The southern resident population has fluctuated since the 70's (hitting a known high of 98) but is now at 78, with the loss of 6 individuals in the last year. Their crisis is caused entirely by human activities. Only meaningful action on our part will bring about the conditions needed for them to survive.
$45,000.00
2017

David Suzuki Foundation

Charged Up: Accelerating Community-led Renewable Energy in BC

The conversation around climate change tends to leave individuals and communities feeling overwhelmed, powerless and full of anxiety. It often seems there is little we can do at the local level, and that what governments are doing is just not enough. Small-scale, community owned energy projects can empower communities to be part of positive, meaningful efforts to combat climate change through shared action. The Charged Up campaign will showcase community success stories, convene and train community leaders, and build a clean energy community who can support one another in addressing the technical, financial, and regulatory issues that come with clean energy projects.
$10,000.00
2017

Gitga'at First Nation

"We monitor by living here": The Gitga'at Environmental Knowledge Project

In a time of rapid social and environmental change, the Gitga’at First Nation seeks to draw on the local and traditional knowledge of its elders and harvesters to provide a more holistic understanding of the natural word. By documenting observations and knowledge of active harvesters during seasonal harvest rounds, the Gitga’at will create a Knowledge Bank that will be drawn upon to inform holistic resource stewardship and rapid climate change adaptation, while also bolstering intergenerational traditional knowledge transmission and empowering community members to continue their sacred relationship with their territory through active stewardship.
$10,000.00
2017

Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia

Private Land Protection - Exploring Options

The "Private Land Protection - Exploring Options" project seeks to explore an expanded role for the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia (GCC) relating to the protection and conservation of priority grasslands across British Columbia. While grasslands represent only 1% of the provincial land base they provide habitat for over 30% of the province's species at risk. GCC would like to enhance its role around protection and conservation of critical habitats for species at risk on private land. We see a possible niche for using conservation covenants on agricultural lands that will enhance both biodiversity conservation and the economic vitality of agricultural producers.
$9,200.00
2017

Grizzly Bear Foundation

Strategies for Human-Grizzly Coexistence and Conflict Reduction in Rural BC (“COEXIST”)

Strategies for Human-Grizzly Coexistence and Conflict Reduction in Rural BC (“COEXIST”) will address the increase in human-grizzly conflict resulting in unsafe situations for both humans and bears. COEXIST will catalyze on-the-ground action by enhancing the knowledge and resources available to local governments, First Nations, the forestry industry, and the public to promote coexistence. COEXIST provides solutions to current wildlife management shortcomings, reducing conflict costs to bears and communities, and in turn creating local economic development opportunities.
$83,000.00
2017

Lake Windermere Ambassadors Society

Citizen Science Series - Year 2 & 3

The era of climate imposed decisions regarding source water protection and water allocation for humans and the ecosystems upon which we depend, has arrived.  The Water Sustainability Act, a modernized Columbia River Treaty and localized watershed governance, will rely on accurate data, since water policy and data are inextricably intertwined. Community based monitoring includes open source, transparent, accessible, scientifically robust and indigenous relevant water data to inform decisions.  21st century challenges will require forging innovative, collaborative partnerships to collectively ensure economically and ecologically viable, climate resilient communities in Canada. 
$100,000.00
2017

Meal Exchange

Real Food Challenge BC: launch phase

The Real Food Challenge’s goal is to transform the environmental impacts of the millions that BC colleges and universities spend annually on food. Current policy treats this procurement as a simple ancillary service: necessary like the bookstore, but not connected to campus mission or community wellbeing. The result: campus purchasing is supporting our global agricultural industry, which is a top contributor to climate change, freshwater use and pollution, and destruction of wildlife habitat. By auditing campus supply chains and demonstrating public support for shifting purchasing policies, we will leverage the power of public procurement for investing in our province’s ecosystems.
$198,484.00
2017

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Ocean Plastics Initiative

The Ocean Plastics Initiative (OPI) will challenge the perception that it is ok to produce, use and dispose of large quantities of plastics that end up in our oceans. Leveraging Ocean Wise’s experience and expertise in ocean plastic research and solutions, OPI will build a network of organizations and businesses committed to reducing their plastic use. The network will provide space for innovation, identifying and addressing common challenges to reducing plastic use, and creating solutions to apply across businesses and sectors. Ultimately, OPI will help normalize plastic-free business practices, hastening the shift to less plastic entering and persisting in the ocean.
$10,000.00
2017

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education

Social Housing Revitalization Pilot

The Pembina Institute is working with BC Housing, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, construction and manufacturing companies, and non-profit partners to adapt and pilot the Energiesprong retrofit approach in B.C. The project will evaluate the potential to aggregate social housing and work towards creating the first competitive request for proposals for energy efficiency retrofits of multi tenant buildings in BC. This approach rethinks the conventional resource flows of green building initiatives by focusing benefits on low-income and marginalized communities while incentivizing industry to invest in research and development to deliver low-cost technologies and new delivery models.
$10,000.00
2017

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Restoring Governance for Salmon Conservation in the Lower Fraser River and Estuary

This project addresses the failure of governments and agencies to protect salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River and Estuary. This failure has come at the detriment of globally significant salmon runs and the First Nations, local communities, economies and other wildlife that rely on these fish. A huge opportunity now exists to test governance and funding models for delivering a First Nations and community-lead initiative that envisions salmon resilience in the Lower Fraser. Using salmon as the indicator for freshwater sustainability, an initiative focused on habitat conservation will guide planning, restoration and management, facilitating recovery of a degraded river and its salmon.
$70,000.00
2017

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Environment

Low Carbon Resilience: Practitioners as Drivers For Sustainable Communities

Climate change requires us to reduce emissions (mitigation) and prepare for impacts such as flooding, sea level rise and heatwaves (adaptation). To date, climate mitigation and adaptation have been planned separately, but it's clear there are major benefits to integrating them - an approach called low carbon resilience (LCR). As we shift to a low carbon economy and begin upgrading infrastructure to withstand climate impacts, we can save time and money using LCR approaches. This is good news for ecosystems, which are also challenged by climate change, as their health is central to innovative LCR approaches. This project facilitates and supports the role of professionals as LCR champions.
$75,000.00
2017

The Polis Foundation

ReFRESH Water Lab - Exploring the Future of the Columbia River Treaty

The reFRESH Water Lab, seeks to address transboundary watershed governance challenges.  The Lab will provide an opportunity to tackle the complex challenges of watershed governance in the context of a modernized Columbia River Treaty. Transboundary watershed governance is multijurisdictional with complex legislation, policy and institutional architecture that can challenge collaboration. The Lab will provide a structured yet creative process for deep collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams of diverse rights and stakeholders to work together on an interconnected challenge– How might ecosystem values be incorporated into Columbia River Treaty Governance?
$200,000.00
2017

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Our Water BC

Public engagement regarding BCs water supplies is rarely supported beyond consultation. It becomes incumbent on community groups to react to local threats and demand attention on freshwater issues. The passage of BCs Water Sustainability Act opened the door for more proactive opportunities for engagement on local water health. This project will capitalize on the opportunity and engage in public discussion on the values, needs and priorities of the local, grassroots community when it comes to water issues. Not only does this dialogue advance robust implementation of the WSA but it equips communities with the information, knowledge, and power needed to engage in discussions around local water.
$10,000.00
2017

Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation

Cigarette 'Bio-Digester' Development Project

Cigarette butts are a widespread and highly toxic watershed pollutant; and while community support for addressing this issue is strong, there is some disagreement about the best approach, and few natural, community-based solutions. We have identified a model which shows promise in turning cigarette waste into non-toxic soil and need support to develop it further and test for effectiveness and scalability. This project aims to offer a system of local and community-based remediation of cigarette waste that is low-cost, low-tech, and scientifically sound that empowers citizens, businesses, organizations and government to effectively reduce the amount of cigarettes affecting water quality.
$10,000.00
2017

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Mining Law Reform in British Columbia

While mining has been a key industry in BC, outdated regulations that are now below Canadian standards means that mining poses grave environmental and public health risks. Mine-affected communities and First Nations bear a disproportionate burden of this risk. This project aims to fix the root of mining challenges in BC by reforming old mining laws. In addition to raising public awareness about mining’s impact and the urgent need for law reform, it will deliver workshops to enhance public participation and highlight the need to take Indigenous rights into account. New mining regulation in BC will protect people and the environment, and decrease public liability for mining operations.
$150,000.00
2017

West Kootenay Environmental Centre

Engaging West Kootenay Industry Stakeholders in a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Future

To avoid global warming beyond 1.5C by 2100 we need to decarbonize by 2050. Each country and community needs to do its fair share to transition to a 100% renewable energy economy to avoid the worst climate impacts. Cities are leading the transition at the community-level, which includes transportation, electricity and buildings. As cities lead, industry’s carbon pollution must be addressed to reach 100% renewable. We’re working with local governments and industry workers to clarify the government’s relationship with industry in the transition to renewables, and with local residents to garner support for renewable energy in communities that rely on carbon-intensive industry for local jobs.
$10,000.00
2017

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.
$10,000.00
2017