BCIT shares vision for Canada’s clean energy future

Kim Rudd - clean energy
Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, and a BCIT student listen to an expert from VanCity.

From our Smart Microgrid and Energy Oasis to our Factor Four commitment and the Spartan Control Centre for Energy Education and Research, BCIT has a long record of innovation in the sustainability and clean energy arena.

On Thursday, August 3, Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, dropped by our Burnaby Campus to tap some of the brightest “green” minds working in the Lower Mainland. Fourteen industry experts including faculty, students, researchers, and Indigenous business owners were convened at the BCIT High Performance Building Lab to contribute their thoughts to this important national dialogue.

Their conversation touched on renewable energy, passive buildings, zero-emission vehicles, Indigenous stewardship values, inter-provincial cooperation, and much more.

Hassan Farhangi - clean energy - micorgrid
Dr. Hassan Farhangi is the chief system architect and the principal investigator of the BCIT Smart Microgrid at its Burnaby Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“BCIT is a national leader in delivering training in energy efficiency and conservation. The contributions of some of BCIT’s best and brightest minds to our Generation Energy Dialogue will help shape and inform this important initiative on Canada’s energy future,” said the Parliamentary Secretary. This is certainly confirmed by the recent announcement that BCIT will host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit.

“Today’s workshop only scratched the surface of the incredible innovation and applied research going on a BCIT, across Canada, and around the world,” says Jennie Moore, BCIT Associate Dean, Building Design and Construction Technology. “As a leader in sustainability education, BCIT is preparing our students to meet complex environmental dilemmas, and initiate substantive change through collaboration, creativity, and hard work.”

Hebert - Clean energy - Factor Four
Alexandre Hebert, Manager, Building Design & Construction, BCIT, speaks about the Factor Four initiative.

The roundtable discussion was part of the federal government’s Generation Energy project which asks Canadians for their ideas on how Canada will meet our climate change goals. The full report on the workshop will be released in the coming weeks.

View photos from the event.

 

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