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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.

New BCIT microcredential program addresses urgent need for heat pump installation in BC

With heatwaves and cold snaps becoming increasingly frequent in Canada, British Columbians are using more electricity than ever to maintain a comfortable temperature in their homes. According to Statistics Canada,...

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Free EV courses help adapt to a zero-emission future

Canada’s mandate that by 2035 all new light-duty vehicle sales be zero-emission is leaving many Canadians anxious. So, the BCIT Fueling Change project developed four free open learning courses that...

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BCIT named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2024

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes employers across Canada who demonstrate exceptional...

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BCIT faculty advocates for a holistic approach to wildfire management

In 2023, the Province of British Columbia (BC) had over 2.84 million hectares of forest and land burned, tens of thousands of evacuees, and hundreds of homes lost or damaged...

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Newly daylit section of Guichon Creek emerges from beneath the ground

Water is flowing along a newly daylit section of Guichon Creek on the BCIT Burnaby Campus that previously travelled in an underground culvert. The restoration will create new habitat for...

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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.