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Greenest City Targets?

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    40 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Lighter Footprint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There is a Campus City Collaborative project in the early stages of planning, where all of the post-secondary institutions are working with the City and the VEDC to talk about movement toward the greenest city, with a focus on creation of green jobs.

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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    It was a great honour for Janet Moore and I to present this idea as 1 of the 4 selected from Talk Green To Us for presentation to the Mayor's panel this past Friday evening. We received some great feedback and support from the panel and look forward to the next steps in the City U project. Thanks to everyone for voting. Below is our presentation from the evening:

    What do we think education is for?
    Were going to take the first minute here and ask you all a question: Take a moment to think about a time when you had your most engaged and mind-blowing learning experience....

    How many of you had this experience in a lecture class? Probably none of you. You probably weren’t sitting in a chair, at a desk, or at a computer. It happened outside of a classroom; it probably involved a mixed group; and involved your mind, your hands and maybe your whole body?

    What if university learning was like this?

    We love Vancouver's ambitious targets and we think everyone needs to be involved. We support the action plan mandate for campus/city collaborations and we think that the city can be the classroom.

    Students and teachers at our universities represent an enormous pool of energy that is ready and waiting to be mobilized in the city to work on the hardest problems we have.

    There are some excellent programs underway; SCARP, Green Scholars and SFU Dialogue, but there needs to be more, and they need to be integrated.

    When the city is the classroom, students, teachers, professionals and government will work collaboratively on long-term and real-world projects; not just for 3 or 6 credits; but for their entire inter-institutional degree doing research and learning how we can reach our goals together.

    For everyone involved, a City University opens up a space for transformative learning; this is learning with a strong purpose; with community groups and citizens; with limits and budgets, and direct insights into local business needs.

    When you discuss this idea tonight along with the others, we ask that you continue to consider our opening question: when did learning really matter to you, and how can we use this learning to achieve our greenest city targets?

    Thank You.

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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    What is City University about? It is a vision for a new kind of relationship between higher education and the public world.

    A City University would invite students from all post-secondary institutions to join together with instructors and the city to get their education by researching and solving the most challenging problems Vancouver needs to solve in order to become the Greenest City. Homelessness, carbon, waste, land use, food, alternative energy – these are some of our greatest challenges yet some of our brightest people don’t get to work on them until they leave university.

    To reach our GC2020 goals, we will need to identify and solve problems with scope scale and speed. At the same time, students need opportunities to learn about the world through their chosen area of study, and they need opportunities to learn about things that the university hasn’t yet identified.

    Canada is one of the most educated countries in the world with more than 50% of our working-age population possessing a college or university degree. At 50%, we have one of the highest rates of university graduates among the OECD countries.

    Despite our success and emphasis on higher education in Canada, we rank virtually at the bottom of 30 OECD countries when it comes to environmental progress in this country. We are able to provide education to virtually anyone who wants it, but it’s clear that the environment is not getting better because of this success. Education is important, but what is education for if the environment is damaged in the process?

    Students want a better world, but they have competing desires; on one hand they want to know how to find work that is rewarding and that matters; on the other hand they want to know how they can earn a living without damaging the planet.

    Can we strengthen the relationship between universities and the public world? What would it be like if students could get their education, and maybe even their whole degree, while learning how to make a better world by working towards it?

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    This is interesting Chris. It's a vision that is understandable and measurable, and attainable.

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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    2 votes for the second idea.

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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    How can we reach our GC2020 targets? Two words: Ruben Anderson.

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    9 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce greenhouse gas emissions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Duane Elverum commented  · 

    A desire named streetcar.

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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Encourage shorter vehicle trips  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    One of the 2020 targets for Green Transportation is to reduce distance driven per resident 20% from 2007 levels. One of the major challenges is data — better data sources are needed to monitor progress and set more detailed targets. Odometer readings would be one way to get better VKT numbers, and would be possible with support from the Province and ICBC. Improved regional travel surveys are another possible approach.

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Improve air quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    1 comment  ·  GC 2020 » Use less water  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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