University of Alberta: Accelerating the transition to sustainability in Edmonton, Alberta

University of Alberta: Accelerating the transition to sustainability in Edmonton, Alberta

On 17 March 2018, up to 100 graduate students from the University of Alberta will come together to generate transformative ideas for how Edmonton (Canada) can transition to sustainability. As an Urban Thinkers Campus, participants will exchange ideas with key community and government leaders. These students spend their days researching renewable energy, clean transportation, climate adaptation and public health. Now they have a unique opportunity to learn from city leaders working directly on sustainable urban development. Participants can expect to engage with well-known non-profit, Indigenous, corporate and government representatives.

Key to the Urban Thinkers Campus format, students will collaborate to write action plans that could realistically lead to their transformative ideas coming to fruition. Following the event, the proceedings will be prepared into a summary report and participants will work to advance their action plans by engaging with municipal governments, elected officials, NGOs and others.

While the Urban Thinkers Campus is designed to generate high-quality ideas, perhaps more importantly, we hope students will recognize that they can be agents of change. The connections they make, the ideas they generate, and the reception from the Edmonton community will be a big part of that empowerment. The University of Alberta is proud to provide the students with this chance to help ensure tomorrow’s Edmonton is The City We Need.

  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS CLICK HERE


Article by Trevor Chow-Fraser, University of Alberta
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