Background In 1972, the Club of Rome – a global think tank concerned with the future of humanity and the planet – published a book titled The Limits to Growth. Through computer modeling, The Limits to Growth demonstrated that unchecked economic and population growth in a global system of limited resources is unsustainable. As a […]
Dixie Hudson, Program Head for the Interior Design Diploma program, asked her students to rethink some of the spaces in the Factor IV Area. They met with members of the Eco-Streets Urban Restoration group to discuss the changes we would like to see in the area. They were asked to design for deconstruction, and consider […]
Check out the VBINE Wind Turbine, a recent addition to the Factor IV area, which will harness the power of wind to power the AFRESH home. The VBINE is a project from the GAIT research group. It is a vertical axis wind turbine with power of 5 kW at wind speed of 12 m/s. The […]
The Eco-Streets project was featured in the Nov. 2012 issue of Ecocities Emerging, the newsletter published by Ecocity Builders. The article was written by Sarah Campbell, and highlighted the history of the Factor Four area, the aims of the Eco-Streets group, and the projects they are considering for Phase 1. See the full article here: Ecocities […]
At SoCE’s 2012 workshop on Ecocity Education, Kirstin Miller from Ecocity Builders (www.ecocitybuilders.org) led a group of staff in a discussion about implementation of the 2009 Sustainability Charrette report, with emphasis given to the near-term implementation ideas covered under the category of “Street Repair.” A presentation was given on progress in the Factor IV area […]
On Friday, February 10th, 2012, Richard Register and Kirstin Miller from Ecocity Builders (www.ecocitybuilders.org) returned to BCIT, following their inaugural visit in 2009. They presented at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus in a School of Construction and the Environment sponsored Lunch and Learn on Ecocities and Education. The discussion and presentation reflected on progress that had been […]
In August 2011, Jennie Moore, BCIT’s Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship, and Michel Labrie, BCIT’s Architectural Science Faculty, travelled to Montreal to participate in the International Ecocity World Summit. Delegates from 75 countries were in attended and BCIT’s SoCE was featured prominently in a special session introducing the International Ecocity Framework and Standards […]
This video highlights the talking walls created by the Architectural Science students during the 2009 Gaining Ground Charrette with Ecocity Builders. Ron Kato, Program Head for the Architectural Science program, discussing the work his students did for the Gaining Ground Charrette.
Mark Angelo, former Chair of the BCIT River’s Institute, explains the history of Guichon Creek, and the restoration of the creek on the eastern half of campus. In the North half of campus, and the Factor Four area, the creek has yet to be restored and is still running underground.
Kirsten Miller speaks about Ecocity Builders and the partnership with BCIT at the 2009 Gaining Ground Charrette.