Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development, Jalisco, Mexico

Following the development of the Sustainable Development Plan (2008), DPI Territorial worked with the local community to coordinate the implementation strategy. This included coordinating with a local Non Government Organization, the Mexican Federal Ministry of Environment (SEMARNAT), SEMADES, the local municipality and other groups to promote the plan and assist with its self-implementation. A workshop with legislators, a series of presentations to local communities, and an exhibition in the plaza took place.





Rossland: Developing Indicators to Monitor Sustainability

Working with the City of Rossland, BC, Canada and the University of British Columbia to develop indicators to monitor community sustainability and their Strategic Sustainability Plan. Over 100 indicators were identified and proposed to the community. For more information about this project click here.






Caribou Landscape Vulnerability Mapping for the Proposed Bathurst Inlet Port and Road

A GIS-based habitat vulnerability mapping exercise to inform a cumulative impacts assessment of proposed development in Nunavut, Canada. In coordination with the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.





Resource Extraction Mapping in the Lubicon First Nation Traditional Territory

GIS mapping and satellite image feature extraction of industrial disturbances such as roads, forest harvesting and oil and gas development in Northern Alberta to generate publicly available Google Earth coverages.





Preliminary Study on Biomass Resources for Northeast False Creek District Energy System

Literature review, research synthesis, data collection and analysis, and modeling as part of an energy planning study to assist the development of a lower-carbon development within the City of Vancouver.





Biodiversity Conservation Strategy of the State of Jalisco, Mexico

Integrating public input and assessing perceptions from public workshop and interviews to write conservation policy for the state of Jalisco, Mexico; and member of executive review panel for overall strategy. For more information about this project click here.



DPI Territorial's long term vision is to establish a rigorous school of landscape planning in Mexico.



Masters of Landscape Architecture block courses (adjuct professor): Introduction to computers - GIS and 3D modeling

University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (present). Preparing design and planning students to engage with digital mapping, data analysis and 3D drawing for their curriculum.




Graduate Course (co-instructor): Cross-scale Landscape Planning

Escuela Superior de Arquitectura (Advanced School of Architecture) (2010). The final module in a semester-long diploma program, this unique course discussed concepts of wholistic community planning as well as tools and processes for engaging in landscape planning. Our long-term vision is to establish a rigorous school of community and environmental planning in Mexico.





Undergraduate course (co-instructor): Architecture field course - Diseño Urbano para los PanAmericanos, Tapalpa, (2009)

Tecnologico de Monterrey (Monterrey University). Taught via video-conference seminars between Vancouver and students in the field in Mexico, this was an effort to structure course-work that demonstrated site-sensitive design and adhered to recommendations in a recently completed community planning initiative.





Summer School course (Guest instructor): Visualizing Climate Change: Introduction to GIS and 3D visualization.

GEOIDE summer school course, Brock University, Ontario (2008). Taught an international class of geomatics students the fundamental principles of computer landscape simulation including ethics, methodologies, scenario development and technical applications.



In the following projects the directors of DPI Territorial collaborated as researchers with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


Landowners' perceptions of conservation in the Sierra Occidental of Jalisco, Mexico

Examined current environmental and land-use circumstances and policies in the Sierra Occidental of Jalisco, Mexico. Through in-depth interviews and field surveys and detailed policy analysis, the study explored landowner's perceptions about environmental change, and existing and proposed strategies to improve resource conservation in the region.





Pensando en Tapalpa: Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development, Jalisco, Mexico

A community facing considerable population, development pressure, and land-use conflicts, Tapalpa required a basic planning framework to establish areas of urban development, agricultural productivity, tourism and forestry. After months of field work, interviews and GIS mapping, landscape units were identified across the territory along with a diagnosis of social and environmental problems associated with them. Working together with locals, government and designers, site planning and design recommendations were proposed to foster more balanced growth across all sectors.






Regional Adaptation Collaboratives, Delta, BC

Focused collaboration at the regional level among government, non-government decision-makers, and engineers to identify flood inundation scenarios and quantify their potential economic, ecological and social impacts. Numerical and spatial information from engineering/hydrological models will be integrated with land-planning data into a comprehensive 3D geodatabase to assist adaptation and land-use decision-making. Assessments will be performed using a series of indicators linked to 3D GIS-based geovisualizations.





Regional Energy Analysis Modeling, Prince George, BC

Exploring the technical parameters for city-wide energy supply options as they relate to current and future demand, and integration of Smart Growth on the Ground PG concept plan. Includes coordinating a micro-team of researchers in Vancouver and Toronto to model planning and design solutions to reduce energy demand, match plausible energy sources with appropriate future energy demands, and refine a city energy supply mix that can satisfy community priorities such as greenhouse gas emissions reductions and cost effectiveness.






Metro Vancouver Community Climate Change Solutions

Generation of an array of numerical and spatial databases and models to quantifying and map energy generation potential for micro-hydro, biomass, solar thermal, solar air, geoexchange and photovoltaic energy for the municipalities in Metro Vancouver's North Shore, and linking these to different forms of local demand. Coordinating with the Dist. of North Van. planners and engineers to introduce study outcomes into their Official Community Plan review process, and with BC Hydro for development of an integrated Northshore energy plan.






Local Climate Change Visioning Project

Involved in ongoing climate change impact, adaptation, and mitigation decision-support research for municipalities across Canada. Localizing, spatializing and visualizing climate impacts, their causes and responses through GIS and geovisualization linked to participatory land-use planning and design. Study areas and their dominant themes include: Delta, BC (sea-level rise adaptation), District of North Vancouver, BC (snow pack, energy planning) and the Canadian Arctic (housing and energy planning). Working with local academic, engineering, municipal and government partners in processing climate modeling data, climate change policy, energy use/supply, and design solutions to visualize low-carbon, resilient city forms.






Plan It Calgary

Technical coordinator for 17th Avenue Corridor and Green Field Studies; sustainability planning involving participatory visioning, target-setting, design workshops, mapping and performance measuring via GIS analysis for generation of a 100 year vision for city development.






Squamish Green Infrastructure and Windfarm Modeling

3D modeling / visualization of infrastructure, urban scenarios and wind energy generation to assess aesthetics and trade-offs for city planners.






Smart Growth on the Ground, Oliver, BC

Mapping of city infrastructure, land use, vegetation cover, protected environment and proposed development zones for a participatory community planning exercise in rural British Columbia. Also participated in public workshops and facilitated technical aspects of project. The Greater Oliver Concept Plan, which guides future city and regional development for the first half of this century, was approved unanimously by Town Council in 2007.




Carbon Credit and Offsetting Projects

By understanding, lowering and offsetting your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions you can make significant reductions in your carbon footprint. DPI Territorial, in collaboration with Offsetters (, can help you measure your organization′s GHG emissions and impact on climate. We can also help design carbon offsetting projects and monitor these over time to ensure they generate revenue for land owners.


What is a Carbon Credit?

A carbon credit represents one tonne of GHG emissions reductions. Each credit that your project reduces can be sold to organizations that have to lower their carbon footprint. DPI is assessing, locating and securing projects in Mexico to generate carbon credits. These include projects like Anaerobic Digestion (biogas), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD, forest management), Soil Sequestration (agriculture) and Ozone Depleting Substances (technology improvement).