Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.82
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Introduction of a new course: SUST 3950 - special topics in sustainability (Bicycle)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

SUST 3950 - special topics in sustainability (Bicycle)

Bicycle: The bicycle as a vehicle of social, built-infrastructure, and personal change.

A cross-disciplinary examination of the bicycle including an introduction to physiology of the human motor; personal practice including safe operation; the role of cycling in addressing the pandemic of inactivity; extensive coverage of infrastructure for cycling in cities and off road. Content is primarily drawn from recent peer-reviewed literature, presented and discussed in seminar format within the class. Visiting lecturers and field trips to Halifax locales contribute to aspects of the course.

Students must have access to a bicycle in safe working order to complete the assignments and field trips.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Group term projects includes:

1. Opportunities and barriers in cycling education in K-12 schools in Nova Scotia: i) The present approach; ii) Comparisons with Oregon, Scotland, and the Netherlands; iii) Best-practices recommendations.

2. Spatial and temporal patterns of bicycle theft in Halifax, 2005-2014.

3. Evaluation of the role and prioritization of greenbelt multiuse trails in Halifax' 2014 Active Transportation Strategy.

4. Interpretive material to build land and trail stewardship in the McIntosh Run Watershed single track trail system.

5. Cost/benefit analysis of bicycle infrastructure investments in the Sambro Loop, Halifax region, using the World Health Organization's HEAT tool.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings ---
Dining Services ---
Energy ---
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation Yes
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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