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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.


Sustainability Speaker Series

The Sustainability Speaker Series highlights exciting topics in sustainability that are relevant to the students in the School of Construction and the Environment.

BCIT Opens New Wood Waste to Energy Centre

BCIT has opened a new $1.5 million Wood Waste to Energy Centre (WWEC) at its Burnaby Campus which uses a biomass boiler to recycle wood waste into clean energy. Every...

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Student’s green computing paper recognized internationally

Facing both climate change and high fuel costs, reducing energy consumption is on everyone’s mind. So it’s exciting to hear that institutional organizations are contributing to this goal by researching...

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BCIT Rivers Institute collaborates with alumni and scientists in documentary to unmask ecological threats to Fraser estuary

Have you heard of the Fraser River estuary? The Fraser estuary is Canada’s largest salmon production area, serves as an important hemispheric bird habitat with over 1.7 million birds migrating...

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BCIT recognized as Top Performer by CICan ImpAct-Climate project

Congratulations to BCIT for being recognized as the number one Top Performer in a new milestone report from Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) ImpAct – Climate initiative. Released in September...

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Join BCIT in Celebrating the first Guichon Creek Day

BCIT will celebrate the first ever Guichon Creek Day on Wednesday September 21. The celebration of one of the most unique natural features of Burnaby Campus will be part of...

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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.