Three new UBC research projects will examine ways to reduce water use in public parks, explore new public transportation options, and bring together neighbourhoods through performance events.
Each project met criteria for pilot sustainable community development internal grants, a program created through a partnership between UBC Okanagan and the City of Kelowna to help foster sustainable community development in Glenmore.
The three funded projects are:
• Reducing Water Usage in Civic Parks Using Adaptive Irrigation ($10,000.)
Computer science associate professor Ramon Lawrence, PhD candidate Scott Fazackerley, undergraduate student Ryan Trenholm and Neal Klassen, coordinator of the City of Kelowna’s Water Smart program, will collaborate on a project.
The goal of this project is to customize and install an adaptive irrigation system in a portion of a civic park alongside a conventional system. The expected result could be up to 50 per cent savings in water use.
• Sustainable Glenmore Transportation ComPASS Pilot Project ($10,000).
Gordon Lovegrove, associate professor of engineering, will work with Bernard Momer, associate professor of geography, on a sustainable transportation pilot project that will explore the Glenmore Community Un-limited Access Transportation Pass System.
The intent is to engage student researchers, Kelowna administrators, and the Glenmore community consultation regarding an integrated, sustainable transportation system that can significantly reduce use of single-occupancy vehicles.
• Social Potluck ($4,794).
Neil Cadger, associate professor in the performance program, will collaborate with master of arts student Gabriel Newman on this project.
This is an interactive performance project which combines aspects of theatre, storytelling, community-building, community art and community food action.
The project’s first of two acts involves the host providing the community five free dinners from local supplies in exchange for stories. All materials and locations are to be arranged by barter. The second act involves a performance based on the stories collected.