The consequences of urban sprawl have severe implications for sustainability and intergenerational environmental justice, as urban sprawl is a creeping problem for which the effects will be felt most harshly for future generations. A stated-preference survey conducted during the 2020-2021 academic year for the Project Coordinators honor’s thesis revealed that as many as 30% of sampled Concordia students have never heard of urban sprawl before.
Based on these results, this project aims to increase the sustainability of Concordia students by informing them about urban sprawl by representing relevant results from the survey in an interactive web-map format, as this kind of platform is a more accessible and impactful way for students to acquire information, as opposed to reading a 40+ page honor’s thesis. Because the survey also asked general information about where participants lived, many of the results can be represented spatially on a map. For example, students’ level of familiarity with sprawl could be mapped according to the region of Montreal they are from, as well as their mode of transportation to school and what type of house they grew up in.