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.”
CityStudio, a program which connects students, faculty, experts and City staff working on real‐world projects through dialogue and design, will celebrate the success of its recent fall pilot semester by holding an official opening celebration with Mayor Robertson in attendance on Wednesday, December 7th. Original projects designed by the students will be on display at the event; over 400 students have taken part in C3 courses this term.
An Open House session designed to showcase the student projects to the public will take place on December 10 from noon to 4:00 PM at their studio located at 1800 Spyglass Place. The two co‐founders of CityStudio, Janet Moore and Duane Elverum, are very optimistic about the continuing potential of this one‐of‐a‐kind program:
“Our students have the desire to work closely with the City on tangible projects,” said Janet Moore, “and CityStudio provides them with the opportunity to develop creative solutions to help build a sustainable future.” “Students want to earn a living and work on real problems so they can make a difference and the city is the classroom where this can happen.” concluded Duane Elverum.
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