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 focus groups with 38 organizations (community groups and labour unions), 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.