The Ecocity Centre is informed by past doctoral research by Dr. Jennie Moore and made possible with funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC).
Dr. Jennie Moore, RPP, LEED AP
Director, Institute Sustainability, BCIT
Dr. Jennie Moore is a groundbreaking urban ecologist, planner and sustainability leader.
Prior to joining BCIT, she was Metro Vancouver‘s first Air Quality Planner in charge of climate action, first demand side management planner, and first manager of strategic initiatives, inspiring the creation of the Sustainable Region Initiative. As founding coordinator of Vancouver’s EcoCity Network, she helped bridge civil society and local government leadership on urban ecology. Her work helped initiate municipal greenhouse gas reporting, advancement of green buildings, community energy planning, and eco-industrial networking that has positioned the Vancouver region as a sustainability leader.
Her research supports the Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Lighter Footprint goal. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and regularly contributes to Ecocity Insights, part of the Ecocities Emerging newsletter. Her work has received numerous awards including an Environmental Citizenship Award from the Canadian Federal Minister of Environment. Jennie is a senior associate with One Earth and a core advisor and lead researcher for development of the International Ecocity Standards. She is also the creator of the ecoCity Footprint tool that helps cities and citizens identify pathways to sustainable consumption and lifestyles.
During her tenure at BCIT, Jennie has been instrumental in developing new educational credentials in sustainable energy management, including creation of the High Performance Building Lab to accelerate deployment of zero emissions buildings. She also launched the Factor Four initiative on BCIT’s Burnaby Campus, aimed at reducing energy and materials throughput 75% below 2009 operating levels. By 2018, this initiative achieved a 50% reduction in energy and greenhouse gas emissions and a pathway to zero is insight.
Jennie is working with cities around the world finding pathways to radical GHG emissions reductions and reduced materials consumption. Her work in cities starts with her love of nature. Addressing the source of what is driving demand for natural habitat through the restructuring of cities and changing economic assumptions is her approach to leverage impact.
Christina Olsen, M.A.
Manager, Ecocity Centre of Excellence, BCIT
Christina uses her 20-year background in sustainability research, consulting, and operational management around the world to leverage system change for cities. She has previously worked with the San Francisco Planning Department, Nutter Consulting smart cities strategy firm, Wilson Center Urban Sustainability Lab, and Post Carbon Institute, among others. She is also on the board of the EcoSmart Foundation, a Vancouver non-profit organization that develops grid-tied solar farms, particularly in First Nations communities. Along the way, Christina has contributed to a shared mobility strategy for the City of LA; developed online courses on urban innovation; produced an introductory guide on regenerative design for cities; created improvements to a sustainability master’s program; participated as speaker or rapporteur at urban conferences in Taiwan, China, Chile, and the US; and served as senior administrator for several organizations. Christina holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and a BA in Environmental Studies – with a joint major in Anthropology – from the University of Victoria.
David Pereira, M.Urb
Sustainability Manager, Institute Sustainability, BCIT
In his role as Sustainability Manager at BCIT, David has inherited a strong commitment to energy conservation, waste reduction, and ecological restoration as he gears up to help BCIT grow its sustainability initiatives even further.
David sees the unique position at BCIT to model sustainable practices for the larger community, from business processes to technological innovation. “It’s been said that the programs at BCIT cover the gamut of skills to run a small country,” he explains, highlighting the richness of the educational diversity, while describing the BCIT Burnaby Campus as a mini city with commercial, residential, and park spaces, all connected to industry and the wider region. David works closely with Director Jennie Moore and the BCIT community to continue to build strong partnerships with staff, faculty and students to advance BCIT’s sustainability goals.
Manager, ecoCity Footprint Tool Piloting
Cora has nearly 20 years experience advancing community and organizational sustainability. She has worked on award winning plans and has been contracted and appointed to advise on municipal, regional and corporate climate action and sustainability initiatives. She has extensive background in climate action, sustainable consumption and waste management; focusing on planning, strategy and inventory development.
Cora is Principal of her own consulting practice; part-time Faculty instructor at BCIT; and is a Senior Associate with One Earth. Cora has been managing the pilot testing of the ecoCity Footprint Tool and has been working with municipalities to employ the results from these assessments, including as lead of One Planet Saanich.
Ryan Mackie, B. Mech Eng.
Technical Expert, Ecocity Centre, BCIT
Ryan Mackie is a Sustainability Consultant with nearly 20 years of experience developing technology and working with organizations on sustainable solutions. Ryan has a strong background in renewable technologies, research and analysis, mathematical modeling, and acting as a liaison conveying complex ideas clearly to technical experts or a lay audience. Prior to consulting, Ryan worked as an Engineer with Ballard Power Systems. There he was responsible for computational and experimental analysis, peer review analysis of other teams’ work and education through mentoring, workshops, and establishing guidelines for design, analysis and experimentation.
Ryan joined BCIT to pilot test the ecoCity Footprint Tool and to work with stakeholders to help analyze and act on findings. Outside of his work with BCIT, Ryan is engaged in the circular economy, strategies for plastics, zero waste, and climate action implementation through One Planet Saanich and the Greater Victoria 2030 Resilient District.