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.  

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Speakers include:

Badelt

Brad Badelt, Acting Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Beaudoin

Fletcher Beaudoin, Assistant Director at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Grant

Elder Larry Grant, Musqueam First Nation (TBC)

Photo Credit: Don Erhardt
Henriksen

Heather HenriksenDirector, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University

ISCN Working Group 2 Co-chair

Holmes Charles Holmes, Conference Facilitator
Hua

Ying HuaAssistant Professor, Cornell University

ISCN Working Group 1 Co-chair

Ikegami

Maki IkegamiCoordinator, Hokkaido University

ISCN Working Group 3 Co-chair

Jiranek

Dr. Patrick Jiranek, Project Manager, ETH Seed Sustainability

Speaker for Working Group 3

Meehan

Bart MeehanVisiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

ISCN Working Group 1 Co-chair

Morello

Eugenio MorelloAssistant Professor in Urban Design, POLIMI

ISCN Working Group 2 Co-chair

Mullen

Brianne Mullen, Urban Sustainability Program Associate for the Yale Office of Sustainability

Newman

Julie NewmanDirector, Office of Sustainability, MIT

ISCN Working Group 3 Co-chair

Reimer Andrea ReimerCouncillor, City of Vancouver
Robinson John Robinson, Professor, University of Toronto
Zoe-Robinson

Dr Zoe Robinson, Director, Education for Sustainability, Keele University

Speaker for Working Group 3

Schwarzenbach René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President
Senge Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Sustainability, MIT Sloan School of Management
Simard Suzanne Simard, Professor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry
Tansey James Tansey,  UBC Sustainability Initiative
Verhoef

Dr. L.A. (Leendert) Verhoef– Scientific co-ordination officer, TU Delft

Speaker for Working Group 3


Pre-Conference - June 25, 2017 - At UBC

Members of the ISCN Board and Advisory Committee will meet for a half day preceding the ISCN main conference to discuss ISCN strategy and recommendations for program development. A discussion of these pre-conference meetings will take place with conference attendees on day three of ISCN 2017, Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

 

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.

Session: Engage with UBC Sustainability 

At lunch on day 1 of ISCN 2017, participants will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of staff, faculty and students working in sustainability at UBC. Areas represented include student engagement, green buildings, transportation, communications, food, energy, water, waste and more.  It will be a great chance to have informal conversations with peers in your area of interest.  Come and meet those who contribute to sustainability at UBC!

Session:  Leadership and Systems Change

Peter Senge and John Robinson, two of the premier global thought leaders on systems change and campus sustainability in conversation! The intent is to provide inspiration and a pathway for systems change on your campus.  

 

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

Session:  City and Campus Strategic Relationships 

Cities and universities develop relationships and collaborate for many reasons - to enable a thriving region, economy, community and learning environment. This session will focus on these strategic relationships using the City of Vancouver and UBC as an example, as well as highlighting other notable examples from around the world.  

Scholars Idea Lab

A unique collaboration between the City of Vancouver and UBC is the UBC Sustainability Scholars program. In this session discuss and pitch ideas with the Scholars on projects they are working on and experiences you have as they relate to work on your own campus and interactions with your city.  

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.

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 Presentations

Presentations from

  • Chiba University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Siam University
  • University of Chile
  • University of Minho
  • University of Pennsylvania

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, the Campus Energy Centre and other places with brief tours and guided discussions by UBC experts. 

Session: Keynote - Suzanne Simard, UBC Faculty of Forestry

Professor Suzanne Simard has been researching forests for over 30 years. She has made some amazing discoveries about networks amongst trees and between trees and other species. Come hear fascinating lessons from nature about networks, communication and how we can help in the fight against climate change. 

Session:  Shaping the Future of ISCN

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.

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. 

 

Post-Conference - June 29, 2017 - at UBC

Optional Tours

Interested in learning more about sustainability at UBC?  Take a tour following the ISCN main conference.  Optional tours will run on Thursday morning – further details announced soon.

Living Lab session

We would like to invite you for a post-conference meeting/workshop to discuss our living lab developments, emergent and active living lab models and experiences on your campus and through this we will seek opportunities for collaboration, advancement and exchange between annual ISCN gatherings.

 

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Detailed Conference Program 

 

 

 

25 June 2017 – ISCN Board and Advisory Committee Meetings

University of British Columbia 

11:30 – 12:45 

Board and Advisory Committee Lunch 

12:45 – 18:00

Board and Advisory Committee Meetings

18:00 - 20:00 Board and Advisory Committee Dinner

26 June 2017 - Main Conference Day 1

University of British Columbia 

7:00 – 7:30

(Optional) Walk or run

7:30 – 9:00

Breakfast, registration & poster displays

9:00 - 9:15

Introduction

Zena Harris, ISCN

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome to Musqueam First Nation 

Elder Larry GrantMusqueam First Nation 

9:30 - 9:45

Welcoming comments

James Tansey,  UBC Sustainability Initiative

René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President

9:45 - 10:00

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver 

10:00 - 10:15

Setting our intentions

Charles HolmesConference Facilitator

10:15 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:30

Facilitated conversations

Charles HolmesConference Facilitator

11:30 - 11:45  Conference Wellbeing and Sustainability Overview
11:45 - 12:00 Walk to next venue
12:00 - 14:00 Meet UBC + Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

 

 

Leadership and systems thinking

Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Sustainability, MIT Sloan School of Management (via video conference)

John Robinson, Professor, University of Toronto

15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:45

Working Groups

Working Group 1

Ying HuaAssistant Professor, Cornell University, ISCN Working Group 1 Co-chair
Bart MeehanVisiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, ISCN Working Group 1 Co-chair

Working Group 2

Heather HenriksenDirector, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University, ISCN Working Group 2 Co-chair

Eugenio MorelloAssistant Professor in Urban Design, POLIMI, ISCN Working Group 2 Co-chair

Working Group 3

Maki IkegamiCoordinator, Hokkaido University, ISCN Working Group 3 Co-chair

Julie NewmanDirector, Office of Sustainability, MIT, ISCN Working Group 3 Co-chair

Dr. Patrick Jiranek, Project Manager, ETH Seed Sustainability, Speaker for Working Group 3

Dr Zoe Robinson, Director, Education for Sustainability, Keele University, Speaker for Working Group 3

Dr. L.A. (Leendert) Verhoef– Scientific co-ordination officer, TU Delft, Speaker for Working Group 3

16:45 - 17:30 Walk to Museum of Anthropology (direct or via conference hotel)
17:30 - 18:00 Reception

18:00 - 19:00

Entertainment and tours of museum

19:00 - 20:00 BBQ Buffet Dinner

 

27 June 2017 – ISCN Conference Day 2

City of Vancouver 

7:00 - 7:30

(Optional) Walk or run

7:30 - 8:15

Breakfast + Posters 

8:00 - 8:45

Travel to Olympic Village 

9:00 - 9:15

Review agenda for the day

9:15 - 10:30

 

 

City-Campus strategic relationships armchair discussion

Brad Badelt, Acting Assistant Director of Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Fletcher Beaudoin, Assistant Director at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Brianne Mullen, Urban Sustainability Program Associate for the Yale Office of Sustainability

James Tansey,  UBC Sustainability Initiative

And other speakers to be confirmed

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:30

Scholars Ideas Lab

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:45 City Tours

15:45 - 18:30

18:30

Reception, Big Rock Urban Brewery

(Optional) Coach back to UBC

18:30 - 19:00 

Choose your own dinner

Return to UBC via public transit or taxi 

28 June 2017 – ISCN Conference Day 3

University of British Columbia 

7:00 - 7:30 

(Optional) Walk or run 

7:30 - 9:15

Breakfast + Posters 

 

University

DTU, Technical University of 

Denmark

Massey University

Nanyang Technological University

National Institute of Technology,

Fukushima College

Technical University of Madrid

Thammasat University

 

University of Milano-Bicocca

University of Toronto Scarborough

Utrecht University

ISCN Secretariat

 

Presenters

Anders Bøving Møller &

Jacob Steen Møller

Allanah Ryan

Ryan Jin Zhanhe

Takayuki Nakamura

 

Julio Lumbreras

Chanan Phonprapai &

Prinya Thaewanarumitkul

Massimiliano Rossetti

Tim Lang

Michiel Scherrenburg

Heather Vickery &

Holly Moynahan

 

9:15 - 10:30 

Case study presentations by

University

Chiba University

 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

National University of Ireland, Galway

Siam University

 

Technical University of Madrid

 

University of Chile

University of Minho

University of Pennsylvania

Presenters

Sakiko Okayama, Kohei Mine,

Yukina Shintani, Kaori Inoue

Göran Finnveden

Michelle O'Dowd Lohan

Chanita Rukspollmuang &

Pornchai Mongkhonvani 

Carlos Mataix &

Julio Lumbreras

Claudia Mac-lean

Paulo Ramísio

Dan Garofalo

10:30 - 12:15

Case study immersion

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

Campus Energy Centre & Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility

SEEDS Projects

Others to be confirmed

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Keynote: Suzanne Simard, Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

14:00 - 15:00

Shaping the future of ISCN

René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President

Heather Henriksen and Melissa Goodall, Advisory Committee Leadership

15:00 - 15:30  Break
15:30 - 16:15 Closing Remarks
16:15 - 17:45 Free time / Reception 
17:45 - 21:00 Awards Gala

 

29 June 2017 - Optional Tours

University of British Columbia 
9:00 - 13:00

Optional tours

10:00 - 12:00

Optional Living Lab meeting