Built Environment Committee

We believe in building inclusive and dynamic communities that function in harmony with the natural and social environment.

By engaging with issues related to urban planning, building design and construction we strive for healthy, affordable, and dynamic places to live, work and play.

As a group, we are currently exploring Tactical Urbanism as a vehicle for making small-scale changes to the public space in our neighbourhoods.

Come along to a Built Environment Committee meeting held on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at the EAC, or email our committee chair to learn about more ways to get involved.


Built Environment People

For general energy inquiries call (902) 442-0199.

  • David Stonham - Volunteer Committee Chair
  • John Crace - Board of Directors Representative


Volunteer Committee Chair

David Stonham - Email

As the chair of the volunteer committee, David provides support and direction to volunteers working on projects that fall within the built environment action area. David also facilitates the monthly meetings, which are themed around a current project, topic or issue.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Sustainability at UBC’s Department of Geography (2017), completed a year of Carpentry at NSCC’s Ivany Campus, and now works as an apprentice carpenter with Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia.


Board Representative (Appointed: June 2016)

John Crace - BSc. BEDS. B.Arch. FRAIC MNSAA, LEED AP BD+C - Email

John was born in London, England but grew up and went to school and university in Halifax and has lived here most of his life. In December 2015 he “retired” from Architecture 49 where he served as national practice leader, Sustainability. He continues to pursue his interest in green, smart, resilient building design, and energy efficiency, as an independent architect with strategic alliances to local and leading green companies Solterre Design Inc and Green Power Labs Inc, where he is a director. He is a member of other boards including Team Canada International Institute for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), and the Windhorse Education Foundation.

As a member of the Dalhousie School of Architecture professional practice group he teaches a course there in Entrepreneurship to Masters level students.   He represents the design and construction industry on the NS Roundtable on the Environment. His annual winter getaway is to undertake design build projects in a small village in Ghana with colleagues from Solterre Design.  John is an avid gardener, amateur musician, and cartoonist.


Current Projects


Tactical Urbanism

As a group, we are currently exploring Tactical Urbanism as a vehicle for making small-scale changes to the public space in our neighbourhoods. The idea is to identify a need or a goal, design a temporary intervention or installation, and use that small-scale change to shine a light on a larger issue or a more long-term solution.

Watch this video for an introduction to tactical urbanism.

In September 2018 we partnered with the North End Business Association to install a “sidewalk bump out” on Agricola St, at the intersection with Charles St, to demonstrate the suitability of this intersection to receive complete streets treatment in the 2019 repaving of Agricola St. (Photos available here.)

We are assessing other opportunities for interventions that will enhance our shared streetscape and will catalyse the larger scale, and longer-term changes that are identified in the EAC’s strategic mission/mandate. Email the committee chair for access to our Tactical Urbanism map.


Demolitions Decision Guide

Past Projects


Centre Plan Committee

Following the release of “Package A” of the draft Centre Plan materials from HRM, we formed a subcommittee which collaboratively develop a detailed response for submission during the public consultation period.

Some key recommendations:

Read the centre plan committee’s full report here.


Aiming for Net Zero


Morris Building

Morris BuildingIn December 2009, a coalition of groups moved one of Halifax's oldest buildings in order to save it. The Morris Building project represents a new way of approaching the built environment. One which, while celebrating heritage values, also speaks to the enormous environmental benefits embodied in adaptive reuse of buildings and how we might address issues of energy efficiencies and sustainability through their preservation. More info...


Waste? NOT! Toolkit

Waste? Not!Construction and demolition (C&D) material makes up almost a third of all solid waste in the province. In response to this issue the Ecology Action Centre in conjunction with the RRFB Nova Scotia has just released the Waste? NOT! Toolkit a booklet and web site with practical advice for homeowners and building professionals looking for ways to reduce the amount of  C&D material going to landfills.  Download the booklet here for more information call 902-442-0300


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