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The World Gathers for Ecocity World Summit 2019

Can cities be both ecologically healthy and socially just? There are no easy answers, not even in Vancouver, one of the world’s greenest cities. Yet multiple solutions are emerging with new leadership and new partnerships. Ecocity 2019 is where these breakthroughs and advances will be shared. Jointly hosted by the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, join Mayor Kennedy Stewart and a host of local, regional and global experts converging in Vancouver this October to build the bridge to socially just and ecologically sustainable cities. Pre-Summit Days:
    1. Cutting Edge Urban Research, Academic Presentations and Innovation Deep Dives
Main Summit Days:
    1. Main Messages, Visionaries and Global Thought Leaders, Top Practitioners and Solutionaries
What is an Ecocity

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About Ecocity

Building the Bridge to Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities

The Summit will help to build an infrastructure of ideas, strategies, and actions we can all use to promote cities that are socially inclusive and ecologically healthy. This year’s primary theme is “socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.” Important sub-themes include: climate action, circular economy, and informal solutions for sustainable development. These themes weave through the Summit tracks. The 2019 Summit brings focus to the International Ecocity Standards (IES) by using its four pillars as the Summit tracks:
  • Urban design
  • Bio-geophysical conditions
  • Socio-cultural features
  • Ecological imperatives
Learning Outcomes Program at a Glance

International Ecocity Standards

Vancouver, British Columbia

From October 7–11, 2019, Ecocity World Summit will be held in Vancouver, Canada, recognized as one of the world's most livable and greenest cities. This is a great time to visit Vancouver because the City is wrapping up the first phase of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Vancouver is one of the few cities around the world that is achieving net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions despite a growing population. Vancouver is a diverse and multicultural city that represents International Ecocity Standards in action, achieving high-density, mixed use living with nature at the doorstep, and a commitment to manage its ecological footprint to achieve one-planet living.

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BCIT Training the Next Generation of Ecocity Builders

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a public, post-secondary, polytechnic institution with an educational approach that combines small classes, applied academics and hands-on experience. BCIT is proud to be working with the City of Vancouver and other strategic partners to convene the Ecocity World Summit in 2019. With six schools where students learn how to turn big challenges into new solutions, BCIT strives to embrace the complex world and explore opportunities within it. From green roofs and living walls to smart, micro grids, high performance buildings, zero emission transportation solutions, innovative health care and data analytics, BCIT is leading the way in training the next generation of ecocity builders.


BCIT School of Construction and the Environment


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