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. The School of Construction and the Environment has 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.

We are pleased to announce that BCIT was selected to host the 2019 Ecocity World Summit the week of October 7, 2019. An academic portion including workshops and field trips was scheduled for October 7 and 8th, and the main summit program was held October 9th to 11th.

Since 1990, this globally focused conference has run every two years in such diverse locations as Melbourne, Australia and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and we are delighted to bring it to Vancouver in 2019. These conferences bring together over 1,000 delegates from more than 75 countries to discuss issues of urban sustainability. Our theme was ‘Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities’.

Sustainability Highlights

The BCIT Rivers Institute 

The BCIT Rivers Institute is focused on the protection and restoration of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and wetlands in British Columbia. 

The Centre for Architectural Ecology

The Centre for Architectural Ecology supports the academic, design, and construction communities to understand architectural and building acoustics and advance living architecture technologies in this region. 

The Centre for Energy Systems Applications (CESA)

The Centre for Energy Systems Applications (CESA) at BCIT has a mandate to develop, coordinate and support polytechnic training and education in integrated energy systems applications.

The Factor Four Initiative

The Factor Four initiative aims for a four-fold (75%) reduction in energy and materials consumption in six buildings in order to achieve ecological sustainability.

The Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB)

The Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) was created to help the construction industry transition to the latest energy efficient building codes.