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New Report on GHG Targets, Carbon Budgeting, and Progress to Net Zero

March 14, 2024

A recent report from BCIT Centre for Ecocities’ Ryan Mackie shares how current greenhouse gas emissions targets and carbon budgeting...

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Year in Review 2023

December 28, 2023

It has been another whirlwind year for the Centre for Ecocities and for everyone working on sustainability and climate action....

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Carbon Budgets, Targets, and Our Progress to Net Zero

December 19, 2023

Ryan Mackie delivered a presentation on carbon budgets, targets, and our progress to net zero to the Ecocity Peer Network...

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Carbon Budgeting & Science-based Targets

November 7, 2023

Ryan Mackie delivered a presentation on carbon budgeting and science-based targets to the Climate Caucus on October 25, 2023. The...

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International Ecological Footprint Learning Lab

September 15, 2023

Training, research & novel applications The BCIT Centre for Ecocities is collaborating with York University and the University of Iceland...

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The Cost of Wildfire Season

September 12, 2023

Last week on CKNW 980, Jill Bennett asked our own BCIT Director of Sustainability, Dr. Jennie Moore what individuals can...

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Sustainability Addressed at the Urban Scale

July 11, 2023

To what extent is sustainability addressed at urban scale & how closely aligned is it with Earth’s productive capacity? Our...

Amsterdam Leidseplein with cyclists, pedistrians, a tram and a full outdoor patio in front of a 5 story brick building.

Webinar: The Role of Cities in Advancing Sustainable Lifestyles

June 22, 2023

This fourth webinar for the Ecocity Peer Network was held May 30, 2023 and explored how local governments and their...

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BCIT at the Ecocity World Summit in London

June 12, 2023

Faculty and staff from BCIT presented to sustainable city practitioners from around the world at the Ecocity World Summit in...

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Leveraging the SDGs for Safe, Inclusive, Resilient & Sustainable Urban Housing Policy

May 1, 2023

UN-Habitat webinar for the CMHC Expert Group on Housing The SDG Cities Global Initiative is an UN-Habitat flagship programme “designed...

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Encouraging Canadian cities to consider their consumption-based emissions

March 17, 2023

Cora Hallsworth delivered a presentation on Consumption-Based Emissions Inventories (CBEI) to the Climate Caucus on March 2, 2023. The Climate...

The Barbican Centre in London England where the 2023 Ecocity World Summit will be held.

Ecocity World Summit 2023 Registration

February 13, 2023

The Ecocity World Summit 2023 (EWS2023) call for submissions has closed and are being reviewed by the Summit Committees. Registration...

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United Nations Declares Healthy Environment a Human Right

December 9, 2022

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10th – the anniversary of the day the United Nations General...

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Updates in Climate Science & International Policy

November 18, 2022

A Summary of Recent Research Findings & Useful Resources In the lead up to COP 27, the 27th Conference of...

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Act Local to Go Global

October 25, 2022

World Cities Day 2022 Urban October is a global initiative started by UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency dedicated to human...

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Cora Hallsworth on the BC500 List for a Second Year

August 25, 2022

For the second year in a row, Cora Hallsworth from the Centre for Ecocities has been recognized by Business in...

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Cities Stockholm +50 Forum on Sustainable Consumption

June 21, 2022

On June 1-2 Stockholm hosted a global event discussing consumption-based emissions from cities and the role of various urban sectors...

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International Mother Earth Day

April 21, 2022

April 22nd is International Mother Earth Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a reminder of what the...

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Our Planet, our Health

April 5, 2022

World Health Day 2022 Cora Hallsworth, Manager, Municipal Programs, was recently interviewed by Gloria Macarenko on CBC Radio about living...

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Break the Bias

March 8, 2022

Break the Bias – on International Women’s Day March 8 and beyond March 8th, 2022 is International Women’s Day – a...

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Ecocity World Summit 2022

March 1, 2022

The Ecocity World Summit 2022 took place February 22 – 24, 2022. It is the longest running event on ecocities...

BC Municipalities workshop at the 2019 Ecocity World Summit.

International Education Day

January 25, 2022

January 24th is International Education Day, set forth by the United Nation’s Assembly to celebrate the role of education for peace and...

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Global Goals Week 2022

January 14, 2022

One of the most widely known blueprints to a sustainable future lies within the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) brought...

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Season’s Greetings from the Centre for Ecocities

December 20, 2021

As 2021 winds to a close, we are reflecting on all of our achievements throughout the year. Whether it was...

Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) growing among forest fire tree snags in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.

BCIT Fireweed Podcast - Ecocities beyond the “eco”

November 16, 2021

After the devastation of a forest fire, one of the first plants to grow back is fireweed. A vibrant wildflower...

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Centre for Ecocities Featured at COP26

November 8, 2021

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) is in full swing in Glasgow, Scotland. This annual United Nations Climate Change...

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Ecocity Peer Network and Climate Changemakers at Innovate4Cities

November 4, 2021

Urban October is a global initiative started by UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency dedicated to human settlements and sustainable urban...

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Meet Cora Hallsworth

September 20, 2021

The Centre for Ecocities would not have its many successes without the hard work, dedication, and vision of its team....

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Youth Climate Leaders Prepare to Make Change for our Collective Future

August 25, 2021

The Centre for Ecocities, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, delivered its first international Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training on August 12th,...

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Earth Overshoot Day 2021 #MoveTheDate

July 29, 2021

Humans use as much ecological resources as if we lived on 1.7 Earths Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when...

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What Canadian Cities can do to Prepare for Future Extreme Weather Events

July 13, 2021

To shed some light on the recent heat dome that caused dangerous record breaking temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, Global...


Jobs for Getting to Work on a Zero Emissions Future

June 17, 2021

The Tyee asked Dr. Jennie Moore and other experts the question: “What are some top jobs we can expect in...

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June 5th – World Environment Day and the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

June 5, 2021

Reimagine. Recreate. Restore. Join the Centre for Ecocities in celebration of World Environment Day, an initiative brought forth by the...

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Virtual Forum: Modern Ecocities in the Cascadia Innovation Corridor

May 13, 2021

As the Cascadia region anticipates welcoming as many as 4 million more people in the coming decades, cities, businesses and post-secondary institutions...

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Celebrating the District of Saanich on Earth Day 2021!

April 22, 2021

The Centre for Ecocities is thrilled to be supporting the work of our Municipal Pilots in helping them create and apply...

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2020 Year in Review

December 22, 2020

We are pleased to present the inaugural annual report from the Centre for Ecocities. Our Mission is to help cities...

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Ecocities Now Book Released

December 16, 2020

Ecocities Now: Building the Bridge to Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities We are pleased to announce the publication of...

BC Municipalities workshop at the 2019 Ecocity World Summit.

Did you miss our Webinar on the ecoCity Footprint Tool Pilot Testing Results?

November 6, 2020

We have good news – the webinar was recorded and you can watch it here. You will learn about the...

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BCIT Centre for Ecocities receives international award of recognition for its positive impact

October 2, 2020

Ecocity Builders and the Centre have received the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award, presented collaboratively by the International Congress and Convention...

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Centre for Ecocities Director Jennie Moore joins UN-Habitat Taskforce for the creation of a Global Urban Monitoring Framework

September 23, 2020

Dr. Jennie Moore has joined the Global Monitoring Framework Task Team, an UN-Habitat coordinated task force to assist in development...

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Earth Overshoot Day 2020: COVID-19 contracted our environmental footprint by three weeks

August 25, 2020

When you think about global pandemics and environmental catastrophes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. But Dr. Jennie Moore...

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Dr. Jennie Moore Awarded SSHRC Grant

June 4, 2020

Ecocity Centre Director Dr. Jennie Moore has been awarded a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)...