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The City of Vancouver and its economic development agency, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), announced Wednesday the Campus‐City Collaborative (C3): an initiative to bring together the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) and six post‐secondary institutions to work together towards the City’s green economy targets. This innovative program is the first of its kind in Canada.

The six post‐secondary institution partners represented in C3 are the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College, Simon Fraser University (SFU), The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Community College (VCC).

The main objective of C3 is to secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise. City Council adopted the C3 resolution last June and since then, three projects have been implemented over the course of the year: CityStudio (August – Dec 2011), Green Workforce Education Conference, and a Research Collaboration Symposium (early 2012).

“Cities are driving innovation and job growth, especially in the field of green enterprise,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “C3 represents a unique way for our post‐secondary institutions and students to participate in tangible job growth, and is an innovative way of increasing Vancouver graduates’ job‐readiness for the growing green economy.”