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First student conference on sustainability in engineering comes to UNBC

More than 80 engineering students from across Canada will converge on the University of Northern British Columbia’s campus this week to learn more about sustainability and how it applies to their engineering career and everyday life.

Developed by the Canadian Federation Engineering Students (CFES), the Conference on Sustainability in Engineering on Feb. 22 – 25 will provide foundational knowledge on sustainability, while considering social, economic, and environmental implications.

Delegates have the opportunity to learn from fellow students and professionals, learn more about some of the new and innovative concepts in the industry and have the option of becoming a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green associate.

“We are all very excited to be hosting the inaugural year of the Conference on Sustainability in Engineering and to be doing so at Canada’s Green University, UNBC,” said Anna Vu, one of the CFES co-organizers of the event. “We believe it is crucial to incorporate sustainability within all aspects of engineering and this conference will help provide that knowledge. This marks a milestone within the engineering community as we are moving towards building a more sustainable future and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Besides the opportunity to learn more about UNBC’s Wood Innovation Research Lab, the Wood Innovation Design Centre and the bioenergy facility, delegates attend sessions on Smart Cities, Engineering the Future of Food Production, Low Carbon Economies, Zero Net Energy Tiny Homes, Sustainable Buildings, Sustainability as a Strategic Business Advantage, Canada’s Low Carbon Energy Future, and much more. Delegates will have the chance to take the LEED green associate certification course and participate in a competitive case study.

The Canadian Federation Engineering students is a student-run organization that represents and promotes 81,000 Canadian undergraduate engineering students from 51 undergraduate engineering student societies on a national and international level.



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