On Wednesday, we were notified that our case study — “Edmonton City Centre Airport: A Sustainability Challenge for a Growing City” — won the 2017 EFMD Case Writing Award in the Urban Transition Challenges category. The case study and companion teaching note were co-authored by five of my former MBA students: Neetu Sharma, Kristel Owens, Graham Graff, Trent Nabe, and Poonam Randhawa and published by Ivey Publishing in 2017. The case study puts students in the shoes of Mark Hall, the City of Edmonton’s Land Director, who in November 2011, was tasked by city council to explore options for maintaining or redeveloping the City’s downtown airport.
On Wednesday, I received an email from David Staples, a columnist at the Edmonton Journal.
I need your advice on something. I’m looking for an expert in sustainability issues and contracts… The city is buying 250 bike racks, and in the procurement contract it strikes me there is a ton of red tape for such a small purpose. I also wonder if the policy will work to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability, or if there might not be better ways of doing it, more elegant ways, as opposed to this way, which strikes me as a make-work project and one that is difficult if not impossible to verify.