Press Release: SUNN Project Launches in Vancouver

For Immediate Release:


Feb 15, 2011

Vancouver, Canada – The BC/North Cascades Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (BC UN-RCE) is pleased to announce that the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia has contributed $10,000 to support an urban design charrette in Vancouver’s Historic Area. The United Nations chartered RCE, which is hosted by the Institute for Environmental Learning, will undertake the intensive urban design charrette between May 20 – 29, 2011, at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus.

The aim of the urban design charrette is to explore ways to meet population targets identified in Metro Vancouver’s regional growth strategy by applying the principles of human-scaled urbanism at the scale of the neighbourhood centre, or “quartier”. Coordinating community design with implementation of public transit and the provision of social housing, educators and urban design experts will work with 42 SFU students from the Summer Institute of Environmental Learning to demonstrate socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urbanism implemented in our Historic Area.

The charrette is part of the BC UN-RCE’s Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Network (SUNN) project, an initiative to research and develop a more open, inclusive, and cost-effective neighbourhood planning protocol. Focused on long-term sustainability through growth, the charrette will demonstrate and test a streamlined sustainable Community Planning process in Vancouver’s Historic Area.

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For more information, please contact:

Lewis Villegas, Charrette Lead –

David Samis, BC UN-RCE Coordinator –

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