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Sustainability in our School

The School of Construction and the Environment is concerned with the natural environment, the built environment and the relationship between them. We work to embed sustainability across our curriculum and programs. We foster sustainability in education and operations. We are a leader in sustainability education and training.

Sustainability Highlights

Ecocity World Summit

The School of Construction and the Environment had submitted a bid in collaboration with Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre West to host the Ecocity World Summit in 2019. Due to the School’s leadership in education and training for sustainable built environments, Vancouver successfully won the bid to host the next Ecocity World Summit from October 7 to 11, 2019. The BCIT community and its many partners participated at this opportunity to connect individuals and organizations to likeminded people around the world.

Since 1990, this globally focused conference has run every two years in such diverse locations as Melbourne, Australia and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and we were delighted to bring it to Vancouver. The conference brought together over 1000 delegates from around the world to discuss issues of urban sustainability. The theme was ‘Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities’. The School had taken the lead to convene the conference program. At the Summit, BCIT was also excited to launch the Centre for Ecocities.

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

Congratulations to Ecocity Builders and the BCIT Centre for Ecocities (the Centre) for receiving the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award, presented collaboratively by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and...

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Rivers are integral to all life: celebrating World Rivers Day 2020

Millions of people and thousands of events around the world will mark World Rivers Day 2020, either virtually or physically, on September 27. With many of the world’s rivers facing...

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

When you think about global pandemics and environmental catastrophes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. But Dr. Jennie Moore is both optimistic  — albeit cautiously — and practical when discussing...

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BCIT Energy Team launches real-time energy use dashboard to advance sustainability

Saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires knowing where you started. Now, with the BCIT Energy Dashboard, the community can see the journey as it is happening. As...

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Master your EV etiquette: the Do’s and Don’ts of EV charging

We live in a rapidly changing world, supported by rapidly changing technologies. It takes time to develop social norms around the use of new technology; the use of an electric...

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The School of Construction and the Environment adopted a Sustainability Framework to inform all educational programs, research and operational activities. The Sustainability Framework is premised on the global challenge to live within the Earth’s carrying capacity, to provide equal opportunity to the world’s population, and to account for all costs and benefits of decisions. Learn more about the Sustainability Framework and the International Ecocity Framework.