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PICS at UBC has partnered with Ecodistrict on its inaugural District Energy + Water Academy. 

Throughout North America, cities, college-, corporate- and university campuses, sports stadiums and commercial districts have the potential to realize enormous benefits through utility-scale energy and water innovation. Such innovation can improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, offer fuel flexibility, enhance environmental protection, provide ease of operation and maintenance and decrease building capital costs. As interest in this area has rapidly accelerated, so has the demand for shared knowledge and practical expertise to get projects off the ground. Join the DE+WA to learn more about the role of integrated utility-scale energy and water projects in creating a sustainable urban fabric.

When: November 2-4, 2016

Where: Vancouver, BC

Register at District Energy + Water Academy 2016

Designed to help urban planners, designers, engineers and decision-makers advance innovative district-scale energy and water projects, DE+WA is a three-day symposium that mixes classroom instruction with peer-learning and case study tours. Learn how to successfully drive projects from concept to reality through success stories from the City of Vancouver’s Olympic Village, Simon Fraser University, Richmond, BC, Surrey BC, and University of British Columbia, as well as Vancouver’s legacy downtown steam loop. Local and international experts and industry leaders will share insight on overcoming some of the most common barriers to effective implementation including:

  • Building cooperation between developers and municipalities
  • Financing models to weigh up front capital costs
  • Building a compelling business case that attracts key stakeholders
  • Creative design and ownership models that keep the right players at the table
  • Rethinking “long-term” planning beyond the 5-year horizon

We’d be pleased to see you at DE+WA!

Please visit to review the program and to register.