July Case Study: St. Lawrence College Strategic Plan

Lura recently worked with St. Lawrence College to develop a new strategic plan for the post-secondary institution. Our Future: St. Lawrence College 2014-2019 Strategic Plan builds on the accomplishments of the college’s previous strategic plan and outlines SLC’s aspirations for the next five years. Lura worked with the College Executive Team to design and implement a strategic planning process that integrated an extensive campus and stakeholder engagement program. The collaborative strategic planning process engaged over 500 individuals through one of the most extensive consultation programs in the College’s history.

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June Case Study: Woodstock Community Energy Plan

Lura was retained to lead the development of a Community Energy Plan (CEP) for Woodstock in collaboration with ICLEI Canada. The project involved establishing and facilitating a Stakeholder Advisory Group, coordinating data collection, issue resolution on data, development of energy use maps, identification of actions and preparing the CEP document. The planning process integrated scenario based planning and forecasting, and resulted in strategies that move Woodstock towards a vision to be 100% renewable by 2050.

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Lura Wades into Great Lakes Virtual Space

“Imagine a virtual space that brings together different ways of knowing and appreciating the Great Lakes from western science to Indigenous perspectives, provides an immersive and interactive experience, and encourages users to get out there and get involved in Ontario’s Great Lakes protection and restoration efforts.” - Great Lakes Office, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

This is the premise of the Great Lakes Virtual Space (GLVS).

The need for a virtual gathering space focusing on the Great Lakes emerged at the inaugural meeting of the Great Lakes Guardians’ Council in 2016. Council members, who include Great Lakes Ministers, municipal representatives and First Nations and Métis representatives, agreed that current information on the Great Lakes is scattered or not easily accessible. They also highlighted the need to foster a cross-cultural understanding of the Great Lakes, while strengthening the growth and coordination of Great Lakes science and building a strong sense of identity for the Lakes.

The GLVS will be more than just a repository of information and is envisioned as:

A space that evokes a connection to the Great Lakes – through storytelling, education, multimedia, Indigenous perspectives, scientific information, networking and other creative tools – that results in behavioural changes to support greater protection of the Great Lakes.

Lura, in partnership with Mouth Media, ventured into a new realm of practice for this exciting project and led the development of a concept plan to define and give shape to the virtual gathering space. The development process included a design charrette and follow-up conversations which revealed an opportunity to create a virtual space that focuses on Ontario, includes Indigenous knowledge or perspectives, and stimulate action to protect the Great Lakes. This feedback inspired the concept plan tagline – Connect. Love. Act. – and overall concept for a virtual space designed for learners of all ages that is fun, interactive and creates an emotional attachment to the Great Lakes.

The concept plan provides suggestions on a path forward for the virtual space around user experiences, supporting actions, content, tools and strategies, and considerations for implementation.

A separate process is being initiated by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to design, host, build, moderate and maintain the GLVS.

Great Lakes Virtual Space Concept Plan cover

May Case Study: Leslie Barns and Streetcar Track Connection Project

Lura was retained by the TTC to lead community and stakeholder engagement for the Leslie Barns and streetcar track Environmental Assessment and construction project. Lura was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications and engagement strategy to engage, consult and inform the Leslieville community during the planning and construction phases of the project.

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April Case Study: Township of Langley Backyard Composting

Working with the Township of Langley in British Columbia, Lura conducted a backyard composting Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) project to develop, deliver, and evaluate behavioural change strategies and pilot projects for an enhanced backyard composting program. The project achieved a 51% participation rate and diverted 31% of curbside garbage output, some of the highest numbers in North America.

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