Education & Research Stories: In Our Backyard

LibGuide saves paper

The School of Business and BCIT"s Library jointly created a paper-saving online resource for a course with a focus on sustainability. learn how

Sustaining automotive success

BCIT’s Automotive programs have embedded environmental principles and practices into their curriculum and in all aspects of the learning environment. learn how

Technology Teacher Education goes green

BCIT's Technology Teacher Education program is teaching future teachers to model the latest in sustainable techniques, and reduce toxins in curriculum whenever possible. learn how

Rainwater management as a class project

BCIT’s department of Civil Engineering tapped into the rainwater management experience of leading practitioners in Metro Vancouver local governments, and proceeded to develop a rainwater management plan for the BCIT Burnaby Campus as a class project.. learn how

Recycling laboratory plastic waste

In the BCIT Biotechnology laboratory, Myra Howell and Bryan Andrews implemented a system for diverting laboratory plastic waste by developing a set of procedures for sorting nonhazardous plastics at the point of use. learn how

Sustainability in the nursing department

Health care is not the first sector you might think of for opportunities for waste reduction. But BCIT Nursing has embarked on a wide-ranging waste reduction program, incorporating the principles of reuse, reduce, and recycle into the curriculum. read more

Paperless course evaluations using D2L

BCIT Physics Department is experimenting with the use of Desire 2 Learn to conduct student evaluations of their courses. This approach resulted in time savings for staff, and reduced paper usage for the institute. read more

Painless paperless pre-labs

A BCIT Chemistry instructor used Desire 2 Learn (D2L) technology to set up online pre-lab quizzes. As a result, she significantly reduced paper use, as well as the work required to print, distribute, collect, mark and return pre-lab assignments. find out how

Maureen Connelly pioneers green roof research

Research head Maureen Connelly has recently won a national grant supporting a Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology for three years. The funding, from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, recognizes the potential already demonstrated by BCIT’s Green Roofs Research Facility (GGRF), the first of its kind in western Canada.

Power Tower - research and training for solar energy

In 2003, BCIT students, faculty and staff collaborated to design and build the Power Tower which provides a practical demonstration project for research and teaching in solar energy technology. learn more

Solar Canopy

The Solar Canopy project, a UBC initiative housed at the shared GNWC campus, received $2 million from BC’s Clean Energy Fund in 2008 and was a 2008 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award Finalist in New Technology of the Year. learn more