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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2017 ISCN Conference Attendees

Detailed conference program:

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

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

Patrick Jiranek, Project Manager, ETH Seed Sustainability

Speaker for Working Group 3

ConorKelly

Conor Kelly, Software Engineer, Sustainability Technology, Microsoft

Speaker for Working Group 4

McCormick

Gavin McCormick, Executive Director, WattTime

Speaker for Working Group 4

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

Zoe Robinson, Director, Education for Sustainability, Keele University

Speaker for Working Group 3

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

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

Speaker for Working Group 3

Weber

Shana S. Weber, Director, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University

Speaker for Working Group 4

Michael-White

Michael White, Associate Vice-President of the Campus & Community Planning, UBC


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.  

Session:  ISCN Working Groups

ISCN Working Group sessions will run concurrently allowing participants to engage deeply in the topics of:

Working Group 1: Buildings and their sustainable performance

There is no argument that design and technology advances have improved the environmental performance of buildings.   Well calibrated building management systems have improved the energy efficiency by optimizing HVAC and lighting performance and reducing energy waste, particularly in low activity areas and during off peak periods.  This is further enhanced by a range of other technologies, such as motion sensors, daylight and heat harvesting, insulation, smart meters, desktop dashboards and smart plugs.

However, what effect does the automation of buildings have on its occupants?
Does it reduce reflex behavior (e.g., turning off lights or air con when you leave the office)? 
Does it produce rebound effect?
Does it mask the symbiotic relationship between user and infrastructure? 
Is a professional culture developing that increasingly delivers design and technology that excludes interaction with occupants?
Working Group 2: Strategic Planning and Target Setting

The ISCN Working Group 2 focuses on holistic sustainability planning and translating research into action.  This year at ISCN 2017, co-chairs Heather Henriksen (Harvard) and Eugenio Morello (POLIMI) will facilitate group discussions around the following topics:

  1. Circular economy: Sustainability strategies and integration on campus
  2. Effectively integrating the SDGs
  3. Innovations in sustainable development on our campuses 
Working Group 3: Integration of research, teaching and facilities

Universities committed to integrating sustainability across their operational practices also tend to seek having an impact on the educational outcomes of the student body and connect to the research conducted by their faculty.  A commonly referred framework that has emerged across our campuses globally, which infers the intersection between operations, research and teaching, is the Campus as a Living Lab.  There are many definitions and constructs of a living lab and not all are created equal or have equal impact.  

In this session three sustainability experts will share their experience, provide insight and critique from their campuses and invite ISCN participants into a dialogue to reshape and strengthen the Living Lab framework around the globe.

Working Group 4: Corporate-University dialogue
WattTime

This year, participants are invited to hear an in-depth case study on “Carbon Optimization on Campus Using Real-Time Emissions Data.”   In this session, Gavin McCormick of WattTime will talk about the potential of Carbon optimization / Automated Emissions Reductions for universities, Conor Kelly of Microsoft will share how this is a reality with the Smart Energy Foundation Open Source Platform. To punctuate these insights, Shana S. Weber from Princeton University will say a few words about Princeton’s Carbon Goals and their participation as early leader in the creation of technology to aid Carbon Emissions reductions.

 

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 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.  

  • Bruce  Duong: Taking a Portfolio Approach to Retrofit Financing in Industrial Areas
  • Emma  Luker: Lessons Learned from Rainwater Management Strategies used in the Olympic Village Development
  • Celia  Winters: People Spaces: Exploring the reallocation of on-street parking to support patios, parklets, and pathways
  • Marjan  Navab-Tehrani: Enhancing the Resilience of People with Access and Functional Needs after a Disaster
  • Jessica  Hayes: Community-based research on poverty reduction initiatives: Community engagement and advocacy
  • Christina Treleaven: Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture
  • Sara Thiessen: Developing a Kindness Week Action Plan
  • Ryan Voon: Developing a Community Solar Garden

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

  • Göran Finnveden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology: "University-wide integration of sustainable development in PhD programs”
  • Paulo Ramísio, University of Minho: "Incorporation of Sustainability Values in the Institutional Strategy of University of Minho”
  • Bojan Baletic & Rene Lisac, University of Zagreb: "CLL Knowledgebase: Sharing Best Practice”
  • Claudia Mac-lean, University of Chile: "Campus Photovoltaic Solar Plant and LEED Standards”
  • Dan Garofalo, University of Pennsylvania: "Penn's Century Bond, an innovative funding mechanism for deep energy retrofits”
  • Pornchai Mongkhonvani & Chanita Rukspollmuang, Siam University: "Sustainable University, Sustainable District: Siam University as a case study.”
  • Carlos Mataix & Julio Lumbreras, Technical University of Madrid: "Going beyond rhetoric in building multi-actor environments that contributes to wellbeing”
  • Sakiko Okayama, Kohei Mine, Kaori Inoue, Yukina Shintani, Chiba University: "Management of NPO corporation by students and environmental activities with local communities”

Session:  Case Study Immersion

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

Via 5 tours and one presentation, conference guests will have the opportunity to participate in guided discussions by UBC experts. Attendees can select their preferred tour by completing the pre-conference survey: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/iscn-attendee-survey/.

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – General
  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability – Technical
  • Campus Energy Centre & Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility
  • SEEDS Sustainability Program
  • Art, Culture and Wellbeing
  • Green Labs Presentation 

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:  Co-Creating 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.

Award 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.

Tours offered are:

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability — 9:00-9:45am and 12:15-1:00pm
  • Pacific Spirit Regional Park — 9:30am-10:30am – led by conference keynote speaker Suzanne Simard
  • UBC Botanical Garden — 9:30am-10:30am
  • UBC Farm — 11:00am-12:00pm
For more information see: http://iscn2017.sustain.ubc.ca/optional-tours/

 

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

Sauder Big 4 Conference Centre, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, 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

Ponderosa Ballroom

Breakfast, registration & poster displays

9:00 - 9:15

First Nations Longhouse

Introduction

Zena Harris, ISCN

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome to Musqueam First Nation 

Musqueam First Nation

9:30 - 9:40

Welcoming comments

James Tansey,  UBC Sustainability Initiative

9:40 - 10:00

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver 

10:00 - 10:15

Setting our intentions

Charles HolmesConference Facilitator

10:15 - 10:35 Break
10:35 - 11:15

Facilitated conversations

Charles HolmesConference Facilitator

11:15 - 11:40  Conference Wellbeing and Sustainability Overview
11:45 - 12:00 Walk to Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

12:00 - 14:00

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Engage with 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 and walk to AMS Nest

15:30 - 16:45

AMS Nest

Working Groups

Working Group 1: Buildings and their sustainable performance - Room 2306

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: Strategic Planning and Target Setting - Room 2309

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: Integration of research, teaching and facilities - Room 2311

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

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

Patrick Jiranek, Project Manager, ETH Seed Sustainability

Zoe Robinson, Director, Education for Sustainability, Keele University

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

Working Group 4: Corporate-University dialogue - Room 2314

Gavin McCormick, Executive Director, WattTime

Conor Kelly, Software Engineer, Sustainability Technology, Microsoft

Shana S. Weber, Director, Office of Sustainability, Princeton University

16:45 - 17:30 Walk to Museum of Anthropology (via Ponderosa - conference hotel)

17:30 - 21:00

Museum of Anthropology

Salmon BBQ Buffet Dinner

Explore museum and grounds, including tours 

 

 

27 June 2017 – ISCN Conference Day 2

City of Vancouver 

7:00 - 7:30

(Optional) Walk or run

7:30 - 8:15

CIRS

Breakfast + Posters 

8:00 - 8:45

Travel to BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village - busses leave from outside CIRS

9:00 - 9:15

BMO Theatre Centre

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

Michael White, Associate Vice-President, Campus + Community Planning, UBC

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:45

 

Scholars Ideas Lab

Greenest City Scholars and UBC Sustainability Scholars presenting:
Bruce Duong
Emma Luker
Celia Winters
Marjan Navab-Tehrani
Jessica Hayes
Christina Treleaven
Sara Thiessen
Ryan Voon

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 onwards

City Tours

Meet outside BMO Theatre Centre

(Those on NEU tour need to meet at 13:45)

15:30 - 18:30

18:30

Connecting and Reflecting Reception, Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

(Optional) Coach back to UBC

18:30 - 21:00 

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 - 9:05

CIRS

Breakfast + Extended Poster session

  • Anders Bøving Møller & Jacob Steen Møller, DTU, Technical University of Denmark
  • Aurora Winslade & Larry Eighmy, Swarthmore College
  • Baiduri Widanarko, University of Indonesia - UI Greenmetric
  • Dano Weisbord, Smith College
  • Federico Delfino, The University of Genoa
  • Heather Vickery & Holly Moynahan, ISCN Secretariat
  • Jiong Yan , Sichuan Univerity
  • Julio Lumbreras, Technical University of Madrid
  • Massimiliano Rossetti, University of Milano-Bicocca
  • Michael Bossert, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
  • Michiel Scherrenburg, Utrecht University
  • Prinya Thaewanarumitkul & Chanan Phonprapai, Thammasat University
  • Ryan Jin Zhanhe, Nanyang Technological University
  • Takayuki Nakamura, National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College
  • Tim Lang, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Alison Greig, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Paul Wolff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Filipa Ferraz, Dublin Institute of Technology

 

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome and review of day

9:30 - 11:00

 

Case study presentations by

 

  • Göran Finnveden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Paulo Ramísio, University of Minho
  • Bojan Baletic, University of Zagreb
  • Claudia Mac-lean, University of Chile
  • Dan Garofalo, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pornchai Mongkhonvani & Chanita Rukspollmuang, Siam University
  • Carlos Mataix & Julio Lumbreras, Technical University of Madrid
  • Sakiko Okayama, Kohei Mine, Kaori Inoue, Yukina Shintani, Chiba University

 

11:00 - 11:15

Group photo

11:15 - 12:15

Case study immersion

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability - General and Technical 
  • Campus Energy Centre & Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility
  • SEEDS Sustainability Program
  • Art, Culture and Wellbeing
  • Green Labs Presentation 

 

11:45 - 12:45

CIRS

Lunch

13:00

Walk to Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

13:30 - 14:15

Alumni Centre

Keynote: Suzanne Simard, Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

14:15 - 15:15

Co-creating the future of ISCN

Bernd Kasemir, Secretary ISCN Board

Heather Henriksen and Melissa Goodall, Advisory Committee Leadership

Holly Moynahan, Communications Manager, ISCN

15:15 - 15:35  Break
15:35 - 16:05

Reflections and Feedback

Charles Holmes, Conference Facilitator

Closing Remarks and Thank Yous

Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN

16:05 - 17:00

Free time

17:00

Reception

17:45 - 21:00

ISCN Award Gala

Awards Presenter: Heather VickeryNetwork Relations Manager, ISCN

 

29 June 2017 - Optional Tours

University of British Columbia 
9:00 - 13:00

Optional tours

  • Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability - 9:00 - 9:45 and 12:15 - 13:00
  • Pacific Spirit Regional Park led by conference keynote Suzanne Simard - 9:30 - 10:30 
  • UBC Botanical Garden - 9:30 - 10:30 
  • UBC Farm - 11:00 - 12:00 

 

10:00 - 12:00

CIRS

Optional Living Lab meeting

 

Please email Jen Crothers if you would like to attend