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Site Visit: SFU’s “UniverCity” Complete Community and Living Laboratory

  • Where: Simon Fraser University’s “UniverCity”
  • When: Tuesday, May 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Address: SFU Community Trust 130 – 8960 University High Street, Burnaby, BC
  • Transportation: Participants will need to arrange their own transportation to and from SFU UniverCity. Transit is recommended.
  • Registration: No registration is required for this site visit. Delegates may arrive at the designated start time to participate.

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“. A major portion of this site visit is outdoors, participants should dress for the weather.

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(image credits: SFU UniverCity)