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Thursday November 23rd
12:00 – 1:00 pm
BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS Building, 2260 West Mall, UBC

How does the City of Vancouver’s household greenhouse gas emissions compare to those in other cities across Canada? Does our greenest city out-perform other metropolitan areas, or not? What accounts for differences amongst cities’ household emission? Which cities perform the best, and why? Join us to hear answers to these questions and more from UBC’s Dr. Sumeet Gulati, Associate Professor, Environmental and Resource Economics and researcher Juan Fercovic, Master of Food and Resource Economics. Together, Sumeet and Juan will offer a presentation on their research comparing average household greenhouse gas emissions across Canadian cities, including past emissions trends alongside strategies cities can take to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions through the future.

Sumeet Gulati is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of British Columbia, studying the economics of urban transportation. He holds a BA in Economics from University of Mumbai, an MA from the Delhi School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. His research interests lie in the economics of urban transportation, the effectiveness of carbon taxes, the effectiveness of environmental policy, the political economy of environmental and trade policy, international trade and its effect on the environment. Sumeet recently co-published the study “Comparing household greenhouse gas emissions across Canadian cities,” in the Journal of Regional Science and Urban Economics with Juan Fercovic. He also previously studied the cost-effectiveness of programs designed to improve energy efficiency. More about Sumeet at

Juan Fercovic is currently a staff member of the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) playing a role in academic coordination and research. He has a degree in Agriculture Engineering as well as an MSc in Agriculture Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the UBC MFRE program. His research interests lie in environmental economics particularly in water resources, GHG emissions and the economics of Climate change. Juan recently co-authored the study “Comparing household greenhouse gas emissions across Canadian cities,” which utilized census data spanning 12 years to rank cities carbon dioxide emissions per average income Canadian households. His research revealed average household CO2 emissions fell almost two tonnes from 1997 to 2009 and Montreal, Quebec has the lowest CO2 levels across Canada.

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