Celebrating 12 years: Green Team inspires change from the ground up

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BCIT is already well known for its environmentally-focused applied research and operations, but just as important is the grassroots effort to bring sustainability into the every-day practices of staff and students. It’s in this role that the Green Team at BCIT is working to make a difference across campus. “It’s about inspiring change from the … Read more

Two BCIT students are cultivating the circular and repair economy in Metro Vancouver

BCIT-Right to repair movement

It’s called the “right to repair,” a growing movement in North America and Europe that calls on manufacturers to design products, particularly electronics, that can be easily fixed instead of thrown away. Along with Repair Cafes, the movement aims to extend product life, conserve resources, create jobs, and encourage a culture that values durable and … Read more

Building eco-literacy through applied ethics: enter the great debates

The training needed to respond to today’s ecological realities is often seen as technical, from skills in green building design to electric vehicle infrastructure development to environmental restoration. However, as students in Michael Bourke’s BCIT Applied Ethics class come to learn, technical skills can be just the beginning of their journey. “For the first two … Read more

BCIT Rivers Institute celebrates a decade of protecting and restoring BC waterways, lakes, and wetlands

Like the path of water itself, the Rivers Institute’s Dr. Ken Ashley has traveled through varied terrain over the course of his career.  And while his experiences have ranged—from civil engineer to limnologist to ecological restoration instructor to documentary film producer—the Director of BCIT’s Rivers Institute has always maintained a clear purpose and direction. “Ever … Read more

Rethinking e-waste: How BCIT diverted 6.5 tonnes of electronic waste from the landfill in just one summer

Michele Morrison doesn’t have a job that makes you think of waste reduction or recycling. As a manager in BCIT’s IT Services department she’s responsible for all the computers found in computer labs and used by instructors and staff. But she also helps to lead efforts that have seen six and a half tonnes of … Read more

This BCIT research hub is making waves in emission testing and reduction

Nestled along the south arm of the Fraser River on the Annacis Island campus, BCIT’s Emission Reduction and Research Test Hub (ERRTH) is making waves around North America. As an applied research facility, and one of only a few of its kind, ERRTH provides critical data needed to develop new technologies that reduce engine emissions … Read more

Engineering a way through today’s most complex problem: climate change

The field of engineering is full of complicated and complex problems.  But BCIT’s Dr. Zahra Tooyserkani takes her students through one problem-solving process like no other. Her environmental engineering course, “EENG 8293: Climate, Energy and Carbon Management” (part of the BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering, and originally designed by Program Head Dr. Olga Petrov) takes … Read more

How the BCIT Seed Library is helping preserve local biodiversity

On display in the corner of the BCIT Library is a special collection of information: drawers filled with dozens of varieties of seeds. And it’s one of the library’s particularly popular resources, offering seeds for flowers, herbs, vegetables, and a number of books to help with every aspect of growing a garden. Since it opened … Read more