Edited By Walter Leal Filho
Community Engagement in University of British Columbia’s Climate Action Plan
Jessica Glor-Bell, Amelia Clarke Abstract Purpose – This study aims to: • Introduce the University of British Columbia (UBC) Climate Action Plan (CAP) and its formulation process. • Characterize the mechanisms needed for a campus community to shape and understand a CAP. • Identify lessons that could be relevant to other campuses. Design/Methodology/Approach – This is achieved using grounded theory and case study methodology, specifically through key informant and informational interviews, review of secondary documents, and inductive data analysis. Findings – This work: • Identifies six mechanisms that were offered by the UBC Campus Sustainabil- ity Office to the campus community to invite participation in shaping the UBC CAP. They are: 1) information, 2) student research, 3) consultation events, 4) advisors, 5) expert committees, and 6) partnerships, • Proposes and tests the “Spectrum of Public Participation” as a tool to charac- terize public consultation mechanisms and identify gaps, and • Identifies lessons that could be relevant to other campuses. Research Limitations/Implications – This study is based on one university cam- pus, thus the research design limits the theoretical generalizability. For other universities and colleges, this article offers lessons in how to fully engage their campus community in the content development of their own climate action plan. Originality/Value – This paper identifies six mechanisms for engaging university community members in climate and sustainability planning. It also suggests the “Spectrum of Public Engagement” to assess gaps in stakeholder engagement processes. 40 Jessica Glor-Bell, Amelia Clarke Introduction The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007) finds that a 50% to 80%...
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