Global Learning Forum 2017 Site Visits

Global Learning Forum 2017 participants will have the opportunity to take in site visits to clean energy and sustainable urbanism installations around Vancouver, which aims to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, and Metro Vancouver.

These guided site visits are an important component of the Forum and will allow participants to interact with planners, designers, engineers, and community leaders. Visits take place just before and following Global Learning Forum 2017 on Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 19. Round-trip transportation from central Vancouver will be provided.

This page will be updated as site visits are developed, which will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Site Visits

Where: Vancity Credit Union headquarters

When: TBD

Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, is saving energy and money through smart heat recovery measures at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver.

Tour this award-winning heat recovery system with the engineer who designed it, Scott Sinclair of SES Engineering. Since January 2015, this Heat Reclaim project has achieved a 97% reduction in annual gas consumption, a 75% reduction in GHG emissions, and 35% in domestic hot water needs. All this with a payback of 6.3 years. It’s not business as usual to use a heat recovery chiller in this manner but there are exciting opportunities for broader applications in the futures.

For more information, see SES Consulting’s project webpage.

(image credits: The Globe & Mail)

Where: Simon Fraser University’s “UniverCity”

When: TBD

Simon Fraser University’s home campus, UniverCity sits atop Burnaby Mountain and has been designed to be a “complete community” that doubles as a living laboratory where students can learn first hand and new innovations can be implemented. It is a planning project but also a governance project, an economic microcosm, and above all else, a community. With amenities ranging from a daycare and a school through to lecture halls and labs, UniverCity is a home and workplace for all stages of life–from birth to retirement. On this tour, participants will learn about the opportunities for district and distributed energy systems and energy efficiency and the benefits of protecting greenspace and developing compact neighbourhoods.

For more information, see the SFU UniverCity homepage or the article, “The UniverCity project: An experiment in suburban urbanism“.

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(image credits: SFU UniverCity)

Where: Multiple locations, by bike

When: TBD

Vancouver has made great strides forward to become a “cycling city”, but what’s behind this success and how have the city’s different communities come along? Join Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacity for an interactive tour of Vancouver’s bikability, by bike. The tour touches on the Burrard Bridge pilot, “bikelash” and the business community’s changing perspective, shifting ridership numbers and demographics, the reimagining of Robson Square, and the recent launch of Vancouver’s new bike sharing system, Mobi.

For more information, visit Modacity’s webpage.

(image credits: Paul Krueger)

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