Posts Tagged:Vancouver

Vancouver Urban Forum: Let’s talk density!

Yesterday, I visited the Vancouver Urban Forum which was hosted by the Global Civic Policy Society and its Centre for Fourth Wave Urban Reform that were both founded by Vancouver’s former mayor Sam Sullivan. 20 urban thinkers including Edward Glaeser, Alan Broadbent, Gil Penalosa or Bill Rees discussed the topic of “Fourth wave urban reform:…

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Good bicycle karma from Copenhagen

Yesterday, I visited Andreas Rohl’s free lecture on “Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” at SFU Harbour Centre. Andreas Rohl is Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program Manager and recently joined Urban Systems for a temporary term in their Metro Vancouver office. In his lecture, Andreas Rohl talked about how Copenhagen became a cycling…

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Sustainable ideas worth spreading

Yesterday, I visited the TED Global Talent Search event in Vancouver, an evening full of 22 inspiring and diverse talks that each only lasted for 3-6 minutes but had a great impact due to their powerful and exciting messages. This event was part of a global talent search in 14 towns on six continents for TED2013, the…

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Cities and communities are at the forefront of energy development in British Columbia

The GreenTech Exchange and the BC Women in Energy Network yesterday hosted a panel on “Community Energy Development: The Role of Small-Scale Energy Systems in Achieving a Clean Energy Future“. This event made clear that cities and communities in British Columbia are at the forefront on climate change, sustainability and clean energy development. In his…

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Next Generation Sustainability: UBC’s regenerative approach to sustainability

This weekend, I visited a panel discussion on “Next generation sustainability” at UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). Professor John Robinson, who was recently named Canada’s Environmental Scientist of the Year, talked about the concept of regenerative sustainability, UBC’s sustainability initiatives and CIRS’s contribution as a living laboratory for sustainability. Regenerative sustainability means…

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UBC’s CIRS: A truly green building!

UBC’s new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) should not only be a place where students are taught sustainability but also a living laboratory for sustainability. During yesterday’s green walk through the building I got an amazing insight into what a truly green building can look like. And, actually also into what every new…

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Urban farming insights from Vancouver

The EPIC Sustainable Living Expo also featured several interesting talks. For instance, Chris Thoreau, an urban farmer from Vancouver who brings his food as a food pedaler by bike to his customers, talked about the exciting topic “Urban Farming in Vancouver”. In fact, as 80% of the Canadian population is lives in cities, growing food in the cities is an important step…

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