On the passing of Pat Hibbitts

June 10, 2015

 

patt hibbits and daughter convocating 6 09SFU Community Trust is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of SFU’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration Dr. Pat Hibbitts on June 2, 2015.

Pat was a valued board member of the Trust for the past 11 years and a strong supporter and advocate of our UniverCity community with Simon Fraser University.

Pat is remembered as a well-respected leader, mentor and friend to many in the business and university community. She was the recipient of numerous awards among them— the 2013 Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award, the 2012 CAUBO Outstanding Contribution Award, the 2011 Association of Women inFinance – Excellence in the Public Sector Award and the 2005 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Our thoughts are with Pat’s children, grandchildren, extended family and friends at this difficult time.

 

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June 2015 Community Update

June 9, 2015

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VOTE FOR BETTER TRANSIT COMMUNITY EVENT

May 7, 2015

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Stop by the Town Square on Wed, May 13th 4-6pm for free food, entertainment and ensure you have completed your Transit Plebiscite ballot. Free Vij’s Railway ExpressRoaming DragonGuanaco Trucktokens for the first 250 people, musical entertainment, and enter for a chance to win a new black ‪#‎Apple‬ ‪#‎iWatch‬ Sport edition. See you there!

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Burnaby Developer A “Hero” For Green Building Practises

April 10, 2015

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Burnaby, BC: The International Living Future Institute™ announced SFU Community Trust Director of Development, Dale Mikkelsen as one of the recipients of its 2015 Living Building Challenge™ Heroes Award.

Heroes were recognized at the Institute’s Big Bang Dinner, part of the annual Living Future unConference on April 2. Individuals who receive this distinction have demonstrated a fierce commitment to the Living Building Challenge and their desire to continually raise the bar on behalf of the green building industry. Heroes were nominated by Institute staff and other individuals familiar with their accomplishments.

As Director of Development for the Trust, Dale oversees the UniverCity Project, and is responsible for setting and maintaining a high level of urban design and environmental performance, including planning and building standards that incorporate ambitious targets for energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building.

In practice, Mikkelsen provided the leadership in creating the UniverCity ChildCare Centre, expected to be designated as Canada’s first Living Building, and in establishing one of Canada’s largest neighbourhood energy utilities—eventually reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Burnaby Mountain by as much as 85%.

Previously, Mikkelsen was the City of Vancouver’s project planner for the Vancouver Olympic Athlete’s Village. He also acted as the City’s Green Building Planner. He served on the board of the International Living Future Institute for 9 years and is a past board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council.

About SFU Community Trust:
SFU Community Trust was established to oversee the planning and development of UniverCity, a sustainable master-planned community adjacent to Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain. Currently home to 4,000 residents, the UniverCity development is at approximately the mid-way point already featuring distinct residential neighbourhoods, Highlands Elementary School, Richard Bolton Park and the UniverCity Childcare Centre—anticipated to become the country’s first living building. The community features all the shops, services and amenities you would expect in a complete community, all surrounded by an extensive conservation area with pedestrian and bike trails. At full build-out UniverCity will be home to 10,000 residents. The Trust has proudly established an Endowment Fund to support teaching and research at SFU and has contributed close to $30 million to date.

About The International Living Future Institute:
International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. It operates the Living Building Challenge, Declare, Cascadia Green Building Council, Ecotone Press and other critical leading-edge programs.

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February 2015 Community Update

February 24, 2015

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UNIVERCITY RESIDENT SURVEY 2014 REPORT

February 13, 2015

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Thank you to those residents who participated in the 2014 UniverCity Resident Survey. This is the fifth time we have conducted the survey and we are pleased to note that one of the things most valued in the community was the sense of community/good for families/friendly atmosphere. This number spiked from ten (10) percent in 2007 to 29 percent in 2012, to 39 percent this past survey. Many indicators remained consistent: the location and natural setting of UniverCity as a definitive “like”; safety as a positive aspect of the community; and more than 90% of respondents would recommend UniverCity to friends and family. For a full review of the survey results, click here.

 

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