Ongoing Conversations

MC3 2.0: Notes from the Field

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 . Moderated by Professor Ann Dale.

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This follow-up conversation from our previous MC3 2.0 e-Dialogue will continue the discussion on the second phase of the project. The first phase, MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge, studied 11 local government climate innovators in British Columbia. As part of the second phase, we re-interviewed a sub sample of the original first phase interviewees in order to track if any changes had occurred in their development paths. Our team will discuss the revised coding framework, decomposition analysis, and indicator framework that are helping to guide our analysis. We will also share our ongoing process of visualizing the data and how text mining is informing our approach.

Check out our first from a series of data visualizations illustrating our findings. This is the fun part: asking questions of the data. What is the number one topic across all the local governments? Which local governments are most closely linked in their vocabulary? What are the topics hardly anyone is talking about? How do the topics change from year to year?

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MC3 2.0: Data Collection and Analysis Update

November 28, 2016. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale.

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This conversation brings together the MC3 2.0 research team to discuss the second phase of the project. The first phase, MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge, studied 11 local government climate innovators in British Columbia. As part of the second phase, we re-interviewed a sub sample of the original first phase interviewees in order to track if any changes had occurred in their development paths. Our team will discuss the revised coding framework, decomposition analysis, and indicator framework that are helping to guide our analysis. We will also share our ongoing process of visualizing the data and how text mining is informing our approach. Check out our first from a series of data visualizations illustrating our findings. This is the fun part: asking questions of the data. What is the number one topic across all the local governments? Which local governments are most closely linked in their vocabulary? What are the topics hardly anyone is talking about? How do the topics change from year to year?

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Challenges to Integrated Planning

October 26, 2016. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale.

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What are the impediments to integrated planning across Canada? Generally, some of the major issues are breaking down the silos between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. We also need to broaden the dialogue to include decision-makers, the community leaders, and other essential voices. This conversation will draw upon research outcomes from both the National Municipal Adaptation Project (NMAP) data and MC3 2.0: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge 11 case study communities.

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What are the Co-Benefits of Climate Action?

June 28, 2016. Moderated by Professor Ann Dale.

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This conversation illuminated the co-benefits of climate action, that is, community benefits that occur from acting on climate change that extend beyond mitigation and adaptation. Co-benefits for mitigation strategies are quite clear, and they can be roughly defined as the suite of non-climate related benefits that occur from strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. For example, creating more walkable cities can be a strategy for reducing GHGs, but can also lead to healthy communities with lower rates of obesity and hypertension.

Check out this co-benefits map revealing the complementary nature between climate action and other actions that contribute to sustainable development pathways.