BCIT is committed to transforming its campuses into living laboratories of sustainability to further the evolution of environmental stewardship and sustainable development practices.

For example, to inspire changes to minimize paper use, we've calculated each instructor could save 10 trees a year! How?

BCIT uses 30% post consumer content copier paper, which saves 7.2 trees for each ton we use instead of virgin paper.

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If you hand out a 20-page handout to a 25-student class each week, that's one ream of paper a week. For a 12-week course, that's 12 reams of paper a term, and 24 a year (12000 sheets). For one class, that's just over one tree. If you have 5 classes a term, that's over 10 trees sacrificed for your classes in two terms, or one academic year. Putting a weekly 20-page handout online could save one tree per course, and up to 10 trees a year for each instructor!

Tips for reducing paper use: easy to involved

Even techno-phobes have options! For faculty and staff, there are BCIT technological tools to share documents: shared department drives, digital projectors, the Library eReserves, the website for every course, the ShareIn/ShareOut drive, and Desire2Learn online software.


Use BCIT Library resources to research sustainability in your field.


Adopting a sustainability framework

The School of Construction has developed a school-level sustainability framework, and programs such as Joinery are pursuing program-level sustainability.

Making global connections with technology-enabled learning

In 2007, Danny Catt used online learning technology to allow thousands of people to follow his global travels about humanity's relationship with nature, and inspire actions to save our planet. Many students followed Danny’s voyage. Danny's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation students also undertook research projects that dealt with British Columbia's connections with South America and Antarctica, which were displayed on his interactive website. Learn more

Leading river conservation

Mark Angelo, former head of the BCIT Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program, has used technology to make eco-minded educational initiatives available to all.

Joinery department goes green

The joinery department is phasing out high volatile organic compound glues and resins and increasing its use of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, which comes from sustainably managed forests. Learn more