BCIT SMART Team wins ECO Canada Community Impact Award

And the votes are in…..

BCIT SMART team was awarded the 2021 ECO Canada Community Impact Award for their project on Master your EV etiquette: the Do’s and Don’ts of EV charging.

The ECO Canada Community Impact Award recognizes positive environmental projects from across the country by groups that have displayed environmental advocacy, sustainable initiatives, and skill-building.

ECO Canada Impact Award

Joey Dabell, SMART Project Leader was presented the award at a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, January 28, 2021.

“Not only did the students deal with the complex technologies of animation, but combined with the challenges of COVID they needed to learn quickly to work collaboratively and remotely,”  says Joey Dabell, “The students did an amazing job of breathing life into our EV persona’s Olivia Overstayer, Ian Icer, and Peter Perker”.

EV Etiquette Project

To help educate people on EV etiquette including when to charge, the BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team (SMART) teamed up with three BCIT Digital Design and Development students to design and produce three feel-good short animated videos to help illustrate the proper way of good etiquette when charging an electric vehicle. SMART works on research, development, and communication initiatives aimed at innovative solutions for reducing barriers to EV adoption.

ECO Canada Impact Awards

The awards were developed in 2017 to create visibility and recognition for the people who are leading the environmental sector in Canada.   Our definition of an environmental professional is a progress-focused practitioner who works within a range of industries in Canada and ensures that the projects and work conducted provide an innovative and impactful solutions that advance the environmental sector.

ECO Canada Impact Award Promotional Video



BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team is working on research, development, and demonstration initiatives aimed at solutions that will reduce barriers to the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). These projects will build on a recently completed renewable (solar PV) energy generation, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure project called Energy OASIS, located at BCIT’s Burnaby campus.

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