Case Studies

This section contains case studies of community programs primarily from across North America. It includes a broad sampling of programs to offer a wide variety of approaches and tools used, locations, types of organizations and participants, activities being promoted and problems being addressed. Most of these case studies illustrate approaches that have worked. However, examples of potential pitfalls are also included to provide you with a realistic map of the terrain ahead.

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UBC Energy Reduction Challenge  Environment

Students living in residence in their first year of university are in a transformative period in their lives as they begin to navigate the world away from their childhood homes. 

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Boston’s Challenge for Sustainability  Environment

A Better City’s Challenge for Sustainability has engaged over 100 participating businesses and properties to develop and meet sustainability standards and practices, and to drive local innovation in energy efficiency. The program uses a combination of monthly information and networking meetings, Challenge Coordinators who provide technical and educational guidance one-on-one with participants, benchmarking, utility tracking, and goal setting.

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Rossland Energy Diet  Environment

This is a great example for smalller communities of a home energy efficiency retrofit incentive campaign. It achieved 257 energy efficiency assessments, or 22% of the single-family homes in Rossland. Of those households, 95%+  made some energy efficiency improvements and achieved substantial reductions in energy consumption. One year later, the program was then extensively replicated within the FortisBC Electrical area and also BC Hydro Electrical areas. 

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Landmark Case Study Challenge for Change  EnvironmentHealth

This workplace cycling program uses Stages of Change Theory to segment participants and cost-effectively tailor communications with them. By targeting information and tools specific to individual users, participants are moved along a personal journey of change. Also innovative are its use of mobile platforms like cell phones and tablets to reach the right people with the right information at the right time. In 2014, the program was being rolled out across hundreds of municipalities the UK, and had been replicated in continental Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The first US programmes are expected to roll out in 2015. This case study is now being written, based on the Landmark webinar that will be presented in 2015. 

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Landmark Case Study Bicycle Friendly Communities Program  EnvironmentHealthSafety

The BFC Program is a positive, upstream, results-oriented program designed to get municipal decision makers thinking about how all of their programs around cycling work complementary to one another, and how those programs can be synergistically improved. It provides recognition for the hard work done by municipal staff, the leadership displayed by municipal politicians and the partnerships developed with local cycling organizations. It gives communities that apply both a measure of where they are and a roadmap into the future, using a feedback system that has been developed and refined with input from stakeholders from all areas of transportation issues. This case study is now being written, based on the Landmark webinar that will presented in 2015.

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