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Dr Boyd Cohen kicked off the Building Sustainable Communities conference with a talk exploring the six types of capital required for sustainable communities and gave examples around the world of projects that have radically enhanced communities.

200 million people around the world displaced or suffering challenges due to climate change by 2050. We need to be ready for change – our communities will be affected either as displaced or receiving.

Sustainable Community Development (SCD) involves:

  • positive concrete changes
  • creating employment
  • reducing poverty
  • restoring health of natural environment
  • stabilizing local economies
  • increasing community control

Mark Roseland wrote a book – “Towards sustainable communities” which the following concept of “capital” is taken from:

Six types of Capital:

  • Natural – Community Gardens, waterfalls, nature
  • Cultural – sustains the ongoing arts and culture
  • Social – helps organize collectives of people, locality, race, interests.
  • Human – anything that sustains life, quality of life, education
  • Physical – Transportation, the built environment
  • Economic – anything that sustains economic stability

A great start to the conference to consider different ways to evaluate our communities and their sustainability.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.