How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

University of Vancouver

One thing Vancouver needs is a University downtown. This would keep the student population downtown, which could create a younger and more vibrant downtown. The University should be located just south of the olympic village. Its north border being 2nd Ave, east border Main st, south border Broadway, and west border Cambie. This University would be known as the greenest university in the world. It could be completely pedestrian/bike only. With the future broadway extension in the south, Canada Line on the west, and future streetcar to the north the students would have no problem getting around. Of course there could be some sort of underground parking on the outskirts though. 3 focal points of the university could be the food industry (yaletown and all their restaurants), the movie industry (hollywood north)... and the green industry. Green means it could have courses that specialize in creating a more sustainable world. It would also give degrees for jobs that could involve creating a greener world (urban planner, engineer, marine biologist, etc....)

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I guess you missed Gordo's plan to make Vancouver an elite city only the rich can afford? Keep young an vibrant citizens downtown? Yeah right. We wish, we wish.

      • Julie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is already a university downtown: it's called Simon Fraser University and it three campuses in fact--one downtown, one in Burnaby and one in Central City Surrey. And I think UBC has a limited presence downtown too.

      • Aone commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The fastest population growth is in Surrey. So it would only be logical to open a University in Surrey to reduce travel on the overcrowded Skytrains.

        However as a business enterprise catering to the global education market, opening a university in downtown Vancouver could make sense.

      • ecoillogical commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes.. what we need is to stop UBC's master plan for unsustainable urban sprawl! We don't need another city centre at the farthest reaches of Point Grey and at the cost of clear cutting precious local forest. UBC should refocus its undergraduate teaching facilities at downtown and other central sites (and on-line) rather than encourage further commuter traffic across the city. UBC is greenwashing its unsustainable and evergrowing preoccupation with real estate development!

      • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        UBC, SFU & BCIT all have downtown campuses. Actually, there are some other university campuses downtown that you may not know about like City U (also campuses worldwide), Emily Carr (actually Granville Island) and some other out of province and out of country universities that have a presence downtown.

      • Erica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As per Jessica's comment: Ever been to Harbour Centre? How about focusing on greening an existing university and supporting programs and faculties educating the next leaders in sustainability, resource management and dialogue (on account of we can't get anything done in the first place without some good communication!). SFU already offers some such programs.

      • Jessica. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        SFU already has a very strong downtown campus @ the Harbour Centre and at Woodward's. SFU has some important "green" certificate program at the downtown campus including the Sustainable Development Certificate.

      • lilly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This idea would attract a lot of green savy students to Vancouver. Isnt that what the Green Capital should have? A lot of students inspired to make the world greener!

      • jully commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes!!! Vancouver needs more universities! im currently looking to go into university but now to get into SFU or UBC the marks u need are almost impossible to get! Because of that I might now have to leave Vancouver for Post Secondary! Vancouver needs more universities so local kids could stay local!!!!!!

      • garyseffinghuge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes! There should be no cars aloud in a green university. The students would be well served by the public transit on the outskirts of the university. This would also jump start development and revitalize the mount pleasent area

      • Donovon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with the cooking part! Now a days u just see so many trendy restraunts popping up! Vancouver is also very multicultural so there r so many kinds of food!!! If this university was created it could not just help Vancouver become the greenest city on earth but also the cuisine city of the world

      • MC_hate_em@gmail.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I absolutly love this idea! There is no better place to come up with new ideas to become more sustainable than the greenest city on earth

      • comeon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You should look at the City University initiative that is already posted.

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