The result of a truly collaborative research effort, Renewable Regina: Putting Equity into Action
, makes the case that the City of Regina’s efforts to achieve 100 percent renewability must be equitable if they hope to succeed. Through interviews with 25 community-based organizations, this report demonstrates how City leaders and planners must understand how access to services and policies differs amongst different parts of Regina’s urban population in order to design environmental policies that reach the greatest number of people, particularly those most in need. By adopting an equity lens early in its planning, the City of Regina can ensure that all residents see themselves and their communities as equal participants in the goal of a renewable Regina and a more just and sustainable city.
This report was authored by Emily Eaton and Simon Enoch. Emily Eaton (University of Regina), Simon Enoch (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) and Shanon Zachidniak (EnviroCollective) arranged and conducted the focus groups that provided the insights on which this report is based. A number of organizations helped to make the research possible, including our community-based research partner EnviroCollective, the Community Research Unit in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Corporate Mapping Project.
This report is part of the Corporate Mapping Project, a research and public engagement initiative investigating the power of the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada. The CMP is jointly led by the University of Victoria, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.
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Author: Simon Enoch and Emily Eaton
Simon Enoch is Director of the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He holds a PhD in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University with a research interest in corporate social responsibility and political ecology.
Emily Eaton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina and a co-investigator with the Corporate Mapping Project. She is the author of two books, Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy (with photographer Valerie Zink) and Growing Resistance: Canadian Farmers and the Politics of Genetically Modified Wheat. Her work concerns environmental, social, and economic aspects of resource development and resource-based communities.