All photography provided by Steven Godfrey

Planted City Principal Steven Godfrey has been interested in cities since his childhood when his parents would give him and his brothers a thrill of occasionally driving through downtown Vancouver on the way home from his visits at grandparents' house. As a teenager Steven would take the bus downtown on Saturdays with a friend to walk around and marvel at all the people from all over the world coming and going as they conduct the business of life. As an adult Steven decided to pursue his urban interests at school first during his undergraduate degree (University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction) following by his graduate studies at Queens University's School of Urban and Regional Planning.
Steven has a background in urban and regional planning, project management, small space gardening and community engagement. He has lived and worked in Freiburg, Germany; Seoul, Korea and in cities across Canada. He focused on urban geography and while earning his Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) at the University of Victoria and continued to pursue this direction with his graduate studies at Queens University's School of Urban and Regional Planning. 

Planted City was created by Steven Godfrey in 2010 while he was completing his graduate studies at Queen's University's School of Urban and Regional Planning. His research into sustainable urban planning practices spurred him to investigate sustainability issues more deeply. This process led him to recognize the fundamental roles of public education and engagement in building locally and globally sustainable futures. 
 

Steven is an avid community gardener, outdoor enthusiast and photographer. His photos have appeared in print and online publications in Canada and around the world.

Steven is also a 'Climate Reality Project' presenter trained by former U.S. Vice-President, Al Gore. He recently completed additional training in sustainability leadership and writing reports for municipal government. 


 

Planted City Principal Steven Godfrey is an effective communicator who thrives in public interactions. He has experience in settings as diverse as Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, English as a Second Language classrooms in Korea, corporate boardrooms and the backyard gardens of some of Victoria's senior residents. In each interaction he has relied on respect, effective listening and diplomacy to move the conversation toward an efficient and desirable outcome. 
Steven also has experience as a social media communicator. He managed the social media presence of 'Cycle Kingston', a non-profit organization in Kingston, Ontario, for a year-and-a-three-quarters. In that volunteer role he regularly posted promotional and curated materials; building the organization's online presence, engaging followers and ensuring the currency of content. He has since continued to develop his social media skills and fluency of various platforms. 
Finally, Steven ran two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history. Signs figure prominently in efforts to engage potential voters, but can also be a source of conflict in political campaigns. Again, his creative problem-solving and effective communication skills assisted him in defusing potential conflict and resolving issues as they arose. 
 

Principal Steven Godfrey is an urbanist and a sustainability champion. He contributed to urban research efforts on behalf of Statistics Canada, the United Nations' HABITAT Programme, the Canada Home and Mortgage Corporation and Metro Vancouver. Steven He has also contributed to a peer-reviewed study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, ‘The Politics of Bicycle Lane Implementation: The Case of Vancouver’s Burrard Street Bridge’.

Steven studied urban and regional planning at Queen's University's School of Urban and Regional Planning where he focused on land use and environmental planning and was a two-time recipient of the Queen's Graduate Award. He is a continuous learner and recently completed a Simon Fraser University course on report writing for local government.

Principal Steven Godfrey has contributed to a number of locally-based projects that draw on his creative problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills. 

He co-managed the collection of census data from residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and developed and managed the social media presence of Cycle Kingston; a non-profit organization promoting safe bike transportation in Kingston, Ontario. Steven managed two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history in support of candidates for mayor, city council, parks and school board in Vancouver. 

He is a member of his local community garden and continues to volunteer locally. 
 

Planted City Principal Steven Godfrey is an effective communicator who thrives in public interactions. He has experience in settings as diverse as Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, English as a Second Language classrooms in Korea, corporate boardrooms and the backyard gardens of some of Victoria's senior residents. In each interaction he has relied on respect, effective listening and diplomacy to move the conversation toward an efficient and desirable outcome. He also uses these skills as a volunteer presenter for former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's 'Climate Reality Project'.
Steven also has experience as a social media communicator. He managed the social media presence of 'Cycle Kingston', a non-profit organization in Kingston, Ontario, for a year-and-a-three-quarters. In that volunteer role he regularly posted promotional and curated materials; building the organization's online presence, engaging followers and ensuring the currency of content. He has since continued to develop his social media skills and fluency of various platforms. 
Finally, Steven ran two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history. Signs figure prominently in efforts to engage potential voters, but can also be a source of conflict in political campaigns. Again, his creative problem-solving and effective communication skills assisted him in defusing potential conflict and resolving issues as they arose.   

Are you or someone you know looking for some assistance in engaging members of the public? Contact Planted City.
 

Developing a new project that needs community input? Contact Planted City.
 

Principal Steven Godfrey has contributed to a number of locally-based projects that draw on his creative problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills. 

He co-managed the collection of census data from residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and developed and managed the social media presence of Cycle Kingston; a non-profit organization promoting safe bike transportation in Kingston, Ontario. Steven managed two of the largest election sign campaigns in Canadian history in support of candidates for mayor, city council, parks and school board in Vancouver. 

He is a member of his local community garden and continues to volunteer locally. 

 


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RECENT PROJECTS

  • Municipal and federal election campaigns 
  • A published study about building bike infrastructure in cities
  • A vegetable garden for youth at risk  
  • Public transit referendum 
  • Climate change photography  
  • Climate Reality Project
  • Vancouver Climate Risk Forum
  • Social media manager for Cycle Kingston
  • Green roof design, installation and maintenance (BCIT)