Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

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The Yarrow Eco Village Society started in 2002 with 25 acres in the Fraser Valley and today Groundswell Co-Housing is almost sold out, the Community Farm is fully subscribed and they are in development stages for Elderberry Seniors Co-housing.  Read about their early development process or vist their website for current contacts. 

- Yarrow Eco Village 

Describes the Child and Youth Friendly Communities initiative. Contains three toolkits (Making Space for Children: Rethinking and Re-creating Children’s Play Environments; Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit: Inclusion of the Early Years; Making Your Community More Child and Friendly Youth: Focusing on the Early Years).
– Society for Children and Youth of BC

This report explores New Zealand’s ‘Bright Spots’: – local places and community initiatives that are making a positive difference to children and families. Instead of asking about the issues and problems for ‘vulnerable children’ or ‘high-needs families’, we ask ‘what’s working?’ What are ‘bright spots’ doing that is different from the rest of the country? Why are they having an impact?


With 36 organizations involved in the Chilliwack Healthier Community (CHC) partnership, and the list continuing to grow, this enthusiastic team works to address the most urgent social issues identified by the community. 

Sangudo, Alberta is a town of 400 residents who revitalized their community through Community Owned Investment Fund.  These funds are driving revitalization in rural communities in Alberta and Nova Scotia, and have great potential for use in other places.  This article tells the story of Sangudo's transformation and provides many helpful links.

- Don McNair

Provides useful advice for creating effective policies related to healthy air.
– West Coast Environmental Law

This online toolkit is designed to help local governments develop emissions reduction programs.
– Clean Air BC

The District of Clearwater is a rural community of 2400 residents, and was confronted with one major obstacle to cultivating a vibrant economy and encouraging active transportation: a main highway running right through the middle of the community.

Provides a wealth of case studies, information and action recommendations for local governments wanting to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions.
­– Province of BC

Summarizes federal government projects and initiatives to increase understanding, research, and knowledge about climate change, and includes a project on adapting to extreme heat.
­– Health Canada