Fernweh Press

Fern · weh /ˈfɛʁnveː/ translates to a longing for distant places. 

We are a new, small press established by the Office of Research, Sustainability Solutions Group. We are dedicated to the timely publishing of research from all sectors of society—academic, practitioners, private and public sector leaders. By moving knowledge more quickly to diverse audiences, we are dedicated to sharing information that empowers Canadians from all walks of life to make more sustainable decisions in their day-to-day lives. Our peer review process involves an eclectic board drawn from across the country, as well as its extensive network of senior researchers. More timely dissemination of literature and knowledge sharing contributes to enhanced civic literacy, through the use of the most up-to-date publishing venues, integrating the best of virtual and print media. 

Latest Titles

Dale, A. (2017). Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development. Available February 7th, 2018. 

Our Authors 

Ann Dale held a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014) at Royal Roads University, School of Environment and Sustainability. A former Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004), she is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR), a Board Member of the World Fisheries Trust and the founder of the National Environmental Treasure (the NET). Current research interests include governance, social capital and agency, biodiversity conservation, place-based and virtual sustainable communities. She is a recipient of the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy for her book, At the edge: sustainable development in the 21st century. Professor Dale is actively experimenting with research dissemination and social media.

Robert Newell is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria, examining the potential that immersive geovisualizations have for supporting coastal management objectives, and a researcher and instructor in sustainable development and communications at Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC). Research that Robert has worked on includes developing creative and interactive ways of using digital media and online communications to disseminate sustainability research ideas, engage stakeholders and the public in sustainability, and facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative strategies for sustainable development.

Rebecca Foon (MUP, LEED AP) is a versatile urban planner who is dedicated to integrating a holistic understanding of sustainability in growing healthy communities. She has worked closely with municipalities, higher education institutions and school boards across the country on leading sustainability plans and strategies including Western, McGill, Algonquin College, Vancouver School Board, Oxford County, Halton Hills and the City of Kingston. Working closely with academic partners, she has organized numerous e-Dialogues with Dr. Ann Dale involving thinkers, mayors, planners, academics and activists. Foon is also an internationally acclaimed (and Juno award-winning) cellist and composer.

Yuill Herbert (MA) has worked as a member of Sustainable Solutions Group on sustainability consulting projects for over fifteen years; he pioneered land-use and GHG emission planning, helped introduce the LEED for Homes rating system in Canada and co-developed the Integrated Design Process course used throughout Canada and the US. Yuill has worked on or led more than forty community energy and GHG plans and models across Canada. He has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation - systems modelling that incorporates energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.