Conference Program

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 This year’s conference will run for three days; two at UBC and one with co-hosts the City of Vancouver.

Climate. City. Campus. opens in the magnificent Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall of the First Nations Longhouse at 9am on Monday morning. The views of the Coast Mountains at the awards dinner on Wednesday night will entice you to extend your stay in beautiful Vancouver. We will also run additional tours at UBC on Thursday morning for those interested in exploring UBC’s campus further. To experience the full extent of the ISCN conference we recommend arriving Sunday night and leaving Thursday afternoon. Accommodation on campus is walking distance from our UBC venues.  

Registration is now open to everyone. There are limited spots on some of the tours so register early to get your first pick! If you have questions about registration, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ISCN 2017 Conference Manager at UBC.


Main Conference – Day 1 – June 26, 2017 – At UBC

Session: Opening and welcome

We will begin the day with a traditional welcome from the Musqueam First Nation to acknowledge the land on which our conference will take place.  ISCN, UBC and City of Vancouver executive leaders will welcome all participants to the conference.

Conference facilitator, Charles Holmes will set the stage with intention and engagement as we embark on our three days together.

Speakers include:



Elder Larry Grant, Musqueam First Nation (TBC)

Photo Credit: Don Erhardt
Roberton Mayor Gregor Roberton, City of Vancouver (TBC)
Schwarzenbach René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President
Ono President Santa Ono, President of UBC (TBC)
 Tansey James Tansey,  UBC Sustainability Initiative
Holmes Charles Holmes, Conference Facilitator


Session: Opening keynote

From engaged student to city leader and international representative. UBC graduate Malcolm Shield, will share his story including his participation in UBC’s Greenest City Scholars program and now seconded from the City of Vancouver to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. His journey exemplifies Climate. City. Campus. and is inspirational.

Shield Malcolm Shield, City of Vancouver representative to C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group


Session:  Leadership and Systems Change

Intimate discussions on critical topics and examples are what makes the Working Group sessions so special.  Expanding on this history of the WG sessions we will reflect on each Working Group theme and explore questions that many conference participants may be confronted with daily in their work.


Main Conference - Day 2 – June 27, 2017 – City of Vancouver

Session:  City and Campus Strategic Relationships – Vancouver and UBC

Vancouver is vying to be the greenest city in the world by 2020.  During the first half of the day, conference guests will hear first-hand the plans at the city level and the strategic collaborations with UBC.  

Speakers include:

Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councilor


Design Lab

Conference participants will be guided through a design lab exercise where convention will be challenged and innovation sparked.

City Tours

See sustainability in action within the City.  Conference guests will have the opportunity to choose from several tour options including a walk through a neighbourhood/district designed for sustainability and a bike tour of community food initiatives. Sign up for these is on the registration form.

Sunset seranade for cover by Steve Chou Neighbourhood Energy Utility CoV Landfill RCS Bikelane


Main Conference – Day 3 – June 28, 2017 – At UBC

Session:  Case Study Immersion

Need a dose of concrete examples on campus sustainability in action to inspire you?

Conference guests will have the opportunity to learn about the Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building and Campus Energy Centre with brief tours and guided discussions by UBC experts. 

To expand this experience, we invite conference guests to share innovative case studies on the following topics during this morning of case study immersion. 

·        Wellbeing

·        Campus renewable/alternative energy systems

·        High performance buildings and research

·        City and campus strategic relations

Please indicate your interest to present and/or submit a poster on the registration form ( We will email further details to those who express interest.

Session:  Looking to the Future

Conference guests are invited to participate in a dialogue facilitated by the ISCN Board and Advisory Committee.  Here members will be able to share feedback on programming, the ISCN Charter, Working Groups and more as we look to the future of our growing network and how we contribute to the betterment of the sector and world.

Session: Closing keynote

Why our work matters: Higher Education’s role in global agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Awards Celebration Gala

This year the ISCN Award Gala will punctuate our three days of sustainability engagement.  We will close the conference with a celebration of campus sustainability excellence and inspiration to take home and put into action. 

2017 conference program

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