Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 13:00 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 to learn more about what our local governments and institutions are doing to future-proof our people, our cities, and our urban spaces.

Thursday, September 29, 1:00 - 5:00 pm PDT
Online (Zoom link provided with registration confirmation)


This afternoon of engaged discussions will cover 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, local health authorities, local governments, and various NGOs. Following opening remarks, 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 will be held online and is free to all. 

Guest Speaker

Angela Danyluk, Senior Environmental Specialist, City of Vancouver

Silvia Bartolic

As the senior biologist for the City, Angela works across disciplines on projects and programs related to ecology, adaptation, sea level rise, and resilience. She is a Registered Professional Biologist and has been working in sustainability and environmental planning for fifteen years. Angela lives in Vancouver, BC where she enjoys hiking, art & culture and the local craft beer scene.


Agenda & Panel Presentation Themes

1:00 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:10 pm: Guest Speaker: Angela Danyluk, Senior Environmental Specialist, City of Vancouver

1:55 pm: Panel Sessions Open

2:00 pm: Concurrent Panel Sessions

Better World | Moderator: Katherine Nichol, Kore Global | Breakout Room A
Biodiversity | Moderator: Marjo Vierros, Coastal Policy and Humanities Research Consulting | Breakout Room B
Capacity Building | Moderator: Peter Sun, Vancouver Economic Commission | Breakout Room C
Energy & Emissions | Moderator: John Calimente, City of Vancouver | Breakout Room D
Sustainable Health Care | Moderator: Aubree McAtee, UBC Faculty of Medicine | Breakout Room E

2:55 pm: Break/Transition

3:00 pm:  Concurrent Panel Sessions

Land, Water & Resource Management | Moderator: Cynthia Fell, Tŝilhqot’in National Government | Breakout Room A
Living Shorelines & Habitat Restoration | Moderator: Ali Nayeri, City of Vancouver | Breakout Room B
Mobility & Sustainable Transportation | Moderator: Carly Johansson, Community Energy Association | Breakout Room C
Energy & Emissions | Moderator: Mehmud Iqbal, FortisBC | Breakout Room D
Agriculture & Food Security | Moderator: Cait Murphy, UBC Sustainability Hub | Breakout Room E

3: 55 pm: Break/Transition

4:00 pm:  Concurrent Panel Sessions

Resilient Communities  Moderator: Gaëtane Carignan, Community Energy Association | Breakout Room A
Water Systems| Moderator: David Blair, Metro Vancouver | Breakout Room B
Sustainable Transportation | Moderator: Amaiya Khardenavis, Wood Mackenzie | Breakout Room C
Livable Cities | Moderator: Glen Cheetham, City of Kamloops | Breakout Room D

5:00 pm: Conference Ends 

Download Agenda Here (pdf)

The UBC Vancouver campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.