Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:30 to 17:00

Presented by the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program: A conference on urban sustainability research

What happens when you give bright and engaged students real-world sustainability problems to solve?
UBC Sustainability Scholars are helping to generate real change in the world. Join us on September 26 to learn more about what our local governments and institutions are doing to future-proof our people, our cities, and our urban spaces.
Join us for an afternoon of engaged discussions on a diverse range of applied sustainability projects produced by UBC graduate students in collaboration with partner organizations including the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro, TransLink, Fraser Health, local governments, and UBC departments.
The event begins with our keynote speaker Dr. Malcolm Sheild (details below). Following the keynote, the Scholars will present their projects in concurrent themed panel sessions throughout the afternoon. Panels will be moderated by experts from UBC and Sustainability Scholars Program partners.
This event is free to all. Registration closes September 24.

Location: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (BC Hydro Theatre), 2260 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Conference program (PDF)

Guest speaker

Dr. Malcolm Shield, PEng, PhD, PMP, GHG-IQ, Associated Engineering

Malcolm is a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional and has more than 15 years’ experience in carbon management and low carbon technology.

He completed his undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, before completing his PhD in natural gas combustion at the University of British Columbia. For six years Malcolm was the lead advisor to Mayor and Council, as well as senior management, for the City of Vancouver on all matters related to greenhouse gases and emissions reduction.

More About Malcolm Shield

Using consensus-based approaches that foster commitment to shared outcomes Malcolm has successfully led innovative projects in carbon management, technology demonstration, business process improvement, public policy and fundamental combustion research. Malcolm has sat on advisory committees for the World Bank, the Province of BC, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Electric Mobility Canada and UC Davis, California.

In 2016 Malcolm joined C40 an city-focused international non-profit representing more than 600 million people and a quarter of global GDP through its membership. In his advisory capacity, Malcolm supported some of the world’s most politically challenging cities - including Istanbul, Karachi, Manila and Jakarta – to develop evidence-based carbon reduction targets and climate action plans.

Malcolm has recently joined Associated Engineering to bring his global experience back to Canada and enable the development of infrastructure projects that actively tackle our changing climate.

Agenda & Panel Presentation Themes

12:30pm - Registration and Coffee

1:00pm - Welcome & Opening Remarks  | BC Hydro Theatre

1:10pm - Guest Speaker: Malcolm Shield. "Blueprints for a decarbonized world: Taking on the challenge" | BC Hydro Theatre

1:55pm - Break

5:00pm - Conference Ends

Full agenda (PDF)

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