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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.

Alumni success retrospective: Looking back at inspiring BCIT alumni stories of 2021

With another year coming to a close, we reflect on the accomplishments of our many BCIT alumni who have contributed in their respective sectors in BC and beyond. The following...

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BCIT Forest Society receives Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence

Congratulations to the BCIT Forest Society (BCITFS), along with instructor Jonathan Smyth, on receiving the 2020 Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Woodlot Management for the Coast area. Woodlot...

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How BCIT is building a sustainable home for health sciences education in BC

The new BCIT Health Sciences Centre (HSC) is set to open in the spring of 2022. The four-storey, 9,909 square-metre (106,660 square-feet) building is a state-of-the-art teaching facility designed to...

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The vein network in plant leaves: Clues for adaptation to a warming world?

Dr. David Holloway, BCIT Mathematics faculty, and Dr. Carol Wenzel, BCIT Biotechnology faculty, recently had the honour of publishing their research in in silico Plants (Oxford University Press). The innovative...

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The Little Creek That Could: The story of a stream that came back to life

Mark Angelo, Chair Emeritus for the BCIT Rivers Institute and longtime BCIT instructor, is a river conservationist, speaker, teacher, writer, and paddler who has travelled more than 1,000 rivers throughout the...

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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.