About Renewable Cities

Our Vision

Renewable Cities is accelerating the transition to renewable, restorative, resilient cities. 

Our approach is driven by critical analysis, transformative policy innovation, strategic communication and meaningful engagement with public, private and social sectors. 

Solving Complex Problems

Renewable Cities focuses on minimizing costs and maximizing benefits to solve complex problems.   Our systems-thinking perspective is vital for tackling our most urgent priorities locally, nationally and globally: affordability, congestion, prosperity, ecological integrity, resilience and climate change. 

Renewable Cities is a special initiative of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University located on the traditional, unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples of Greater Vancouver. 

Renewable Cities has become a respected advisor sought out to inform governments, locally, provincially and nationally on important policy agendas focussed on three program areas: 

  • Smart Growth, Smart City 
  • Prefabricated, Mass Timber Construction 
  • Integrated Housing Solutions 

Read more about our current projects here.

About the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Renewable Cities is proud to be a special initiative of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue  at Simon Fraser University. The Centre uses dialogue to generate non-partisan and constructive communication to solve difficult problems. It partners with government, business, and community groups to explore critical issues that impact the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of our communities. Renewable Cities is part of the Centre’s Climate Solutions Group which includes the Action on Climate Team (ACT), Clean Energy Canada and Moving in a Liveable Region. Simon Fraser University is Canada’s engaged university with communities in the classroom and classrooms in the community. As well as a DNA cultivated on engagement and problem solving on complex issues, SFU provides critical strategic, administrative and operational support to Renewable Cities.