Upcoming Events

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Resilient Cities 2018

Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. The 9th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place on 26-28 April 2018.

Apr 26 to 28 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm

ICLEI World Congress 2018

ICLEI World Congress 2018 will be hosted by the City of Montreal, Canada.

Held every three years, the ICLEI World Congress assembles hundreds of local and regional governments, international agencies, national governments, donors and other partners from around the world. Together they set the course for globalizing urban sustainability. During the congress, cities, towns and regions connect with peers, foster partnerships and exchange information and experiences. This event is a key milestone in driving stronger collective local action.

Jun 19 to 23 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm
QC, Montreal, H2Y 1C6, City of Montreal

Recent Events

Sustainability Applied Conference 2013



What is Sustainability Applied?


The conference will incorporate a dynamic and interactive mix of keynote presentations, case study panels, plenary sessions and workshops, to talk about, share and transfer knowledge that can be applied and implemented. In addition, the BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Awards will be presented to recognize exemplary achievements in integrating sustainability.

Oct 01 to 02 2013, 2:00pm - 2:00pm

BC Land Summit 2014

The 2014 BC Land — Collaborations & Connections — will be an interdisciplinary conference organized by five professional organizations, all of which share ties to land and land-use in British Columbia (Appraisal Institue of BC, Planning Institute of BC, BC Institue of Agrologists, BC Society of Landscape Architects & The Real Estate Institute of BC). 


May 14 to 16 2014, 2:00pm - 2:00pm

Sustainable Transportation and the Greenest City Action Plan

A subway to UBC? Bike sharing? Pedestrian Accessibility? Electric vehicles? Transportation of goods?

What is the City doing to get people where they need to go in the most sustainable way possible?

Join Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager for the City of Vancouver, and Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver, as they unveil the latest on Vancouver's transportation plan, and how these plans help our City become the "greenest city in the world" by 2020.

Jun 20 2013, 2:00pm PDT

Webinar: Liability or Opportunity? Strengthening Local Economies Through Brownfield Redevelopment

The benefits of brownfield redevelopment go well beyond improvements to soil and water quality. Restoring contaminated sites reduces urban sprawl and the need for new municipal infrastructure, and  gives new life to derelict sites by revitalizing public spaces and increasing public safety. But beyond these social and environmental benefits, what can brownfield redevelopment do for a local economy?



Mar 28 2013, 2:00pm PDT

Workshop: Municipal Climate Change Action Training

From coast to coast to coast, local and regional governments are pursuing strategies to monitor and reduce community GHG emissions using the Partners for Climate Protection framework. These hands-on, full-day workshops will provide training on various tools and mechanisms that can help local governments manage their energy use and the associated emissions.

Mar 22 2013, 2:00pm PDT

Carbon Talk: A Mayor's Vision of How to Fund Regional Transportation

A Lecture by Mayor Walton, District of North Vancouver sponsored by PICS and SFU.


This Carbon Talk offers an opportunity to hear Mayor Walton’s views on funding transit and what the Mayor’s Council is doing to ensure the continued operation and expansion of Metro Vancouver’s sustainable transportation choices.




When: Friday March 1st, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Mar 01 2013, 4:00pm PST

Gentrification and the Suburbs: a Lecture by Suzanne Lanzi Charles

Suzanne Lanyi Charles is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Dr. Charles’s scholarly interests include residential redevelopment and neighborhood change. Her current research examines physical, social, and economic changes in postwar suburban neighborhoods. Trained as an architect, she has

Mar 19 2013, 2:00pm PDT

Gentrification and the Arts: A Lecture by Naomi Rantisi

Gentrification and the City Speaker Series, presented by SFU Urban Studies


Norma Rantisi is an Associate Professor in Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University. Her research interests lie in the fields of economic geography, planning and local economic

development, with a focus on the social and spatial organization of cultural industries.


March 7 @ 7:00pm

SFU Woodward Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Rm 3200


Reservations: www.sfu.ca/reserve


Mar 07 2013, 4:00pm PST

Electric Vehicles: Matching Low Carbon Technology to People and Policy

PICS-UBC-SFU invites you to a free Vancouver public lecture on Electric vehicles, policy and public aceptance challenges by Dr. Jonn Axsen.

For decaces, the promise of electric-powerd vehicles has inspired hope for a clean, low-carbon, petroleum-free transportation system.  So where are these electric vehicles? Dr. Jonn Axsen draws from in-depth market and technical research to explore society's readiness for such a transition --and outline the policies required to get there.

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Feb 21 2013, 4:00pm PST

Workshop: Transportation 101 - Sustainable Transportation for Community Members and Professionals

Friday February 8, 10am – 5pm
How can community members and professionals transform the way we travel to deal with global warming and the end of cheap oil? We will explore case studies of cities that have quickly gone from gridlock to transit and cycling meccas, and focus on the basic principles of sustainable transportation needed to understand these success stories.



Course Highlights

Feb 08 2013, 4:00pm PST

Local Economy Summit 2013

We all share the goal of fostering vibrant, sustainable local economies. Many communities in BC and elsewhere are working hard to support local businesses and entrepreneurs, but imagine how much more we could accomplish if we shared ideas and best practices from around Canada and beyond.


Please join us February 13-14, 2013, as we bring together Local First advocates from around North America, local government leaders and officials from across BC, and well-known economic development experts to develop solutions for local economies.


Feb 14 to 15 2013, 1:00am - 9:00am

Webinar: From global groundwater depletion to the sustainable use of groundwater systems

Groundwater as the world’s largest freshwater resource is of critical importance for irrigated agriculture and hence global food security. Dr. Gleeson will discuss global groundwater depletion and consider the steps required for humanity to use groundwater resources sustainably.


Dr. Tom Gleeson
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, McGill University


Feb 12 2013, 4:00pm PST