The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The ECOCITY Summit series, held every two years since 1990, has developed into one of the most globally significant forums for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world.
Based out of the spectacular Vancouver Convention Centre — over 1000 thought-leaders, decision makers, sustainable business owners, and green researchers from over 30 countries will come together in October 2019 for conversation, debate, and innovation based on the theme “Socially Just and Sustainable Cities”.
One of the major objectives of the conference will be to officially confirm the International Ecocity Framework and Standards (IEFS). This important document will provide a vision for an ecologically-restorative human civilization as well as a practical methodology for assessing and guiding progress towards the goal.
“Vancouver is thrilled to host ECOCITY World Summit 2019, and showcase our leadership in resilience and inclusive City-building as we pursue the goal of being the greenest city in the world by 2020. Cities are at the forefront of tackling some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities in a rapidly urbanizing world, and the City of Vancouver looks forward to hosting Summit attendees and facilitating important conversations around the conference’s theme, ‘Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities’.”
Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver
“BCIT is delighted to welcome the world to Vancouver for the Ecocity World Summit in 2019. For over 50 years, BCIT has been empowering our students to embrace change and innovate through sustainability. Now, more than ever, we must challenge ourselves, our leaders, and our future leaders to construct and re-imagine cities that are in-balance with nature.”
Kathy Kinloch, President, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Ecocity Builders, I would like to congratulate Vancouver/BCIT on their winning bid to host the 2019 ECOCITY World Summit. Vancouver will provide a stimulating and welcoming environment for the international ecocity movement to share the challenges and opportunities of creating socially just and sustainable cities.”
Kirstin Miller, Executive Director, Ecocity Builders
“We are truly honoured to join BCIT in welcoming the ECOCITY World Summit to the Vancouver Convention Centre and our city in 2019. Situated in a beautiful, natural setting with an international reputation as a great convention destination, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable cities, and home to the world’s first LEED platinum-certified convention centre.”
Ken Cretney, President and CEO, BC Pavilion Corporation and Board Chair, Tourism Vancouver