Keeping Sustainability at the Heart of your Co-op

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2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will explore why environmental sustainability matters to co-ops and how to keep sustainability at the heart of your co-op homes.

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2 Hrs

Michael Rodgers (CHF BC) and Garfield Hunter (CHF BC)


Housing co-ops offer shelter and community to members. They have a positive impact on the lives of people who live in them but they also have an impact on the environment. Given the urgency of reducing and adapting to climate change and the need for healthy communities, now is a good time to consider how co-ops (as organizations and collections of individuals) can act. We’ll talk about policy and practical actions, and consider how to make progress (in governance, daily operations and long-term planning).


Michael Rodgers, CHF BC, is the Co-op Services Director at CHF BC and a staff representative on the Climate Emergency Task Force. With a broad-based background that includes degrees in law and experience helping a leaky co-op tackle building envelope issues, he is well positioned to assist housing co-ops as they prepare for the future.

Garfield Hunter, CHF BC, is CHF BC's Education Director. He is an urban planner with over 9 years of diverse knowledge and leadership experience in urban redevelopment planning, climate change, housing, social equity, and sustainability education. Garfield has led the development and implementation of strategic research, policy, programs, and projects geared towards improving the lives of marginalized and equity-seeking communities.