UniverCity Community Survey 2014 | Your Community – Your Opinions

November 18, 2014

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As a resident of UniverCity, you are invited to provide your feedback in a brief online survey (approximately 5 minutes to complete). This is one of the ways you can have a say in how you would like to see your community grow. We want to hear from you.

Mustel Group is conducting the online biennial survey of current residents until December 7th, 2014. We are asking all UniverCity households to fill out this survey. The research findings will help give direction for the planning of services and amenities at UniverCity, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the experience of living in this unique mountaintop community.

You can provide your input to this important research by completing a survey: http://surveys.givingopinions.ca/s/sfu

Complete the survey by December 7th, 2014 to be entered in a draw for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Nesters Market. 

Thank you for your time and valuable feedback.
If you have any questions please contact: sfu@mustelgroup.com.

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October 2014 Community Update

October 15, 2014

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UniverCity Community Celebrates 10 Years!

August 27, 2014

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It was ten years ago this fall that UniverCity’s first residents moved into our award winning community on Burnaby Mountain. Since then, UniverCity has evolved into a complete community embracing over 3,500 inhabitants, and maturing to include dining and retail merchants, numerous shops and amenities, as well as the University Highlands Elementary School and the UniverCity Childcare Centre – the greenest child care centre on the planet.

In honour of our 10-year milestone, UniverCity is preparing for a week of anniversary festivities in September and we hope you’ll participate. Whether it’s joining us for the pancake breakfast, catching an outdoor movie, or bringing the kids out to the block party – anniversary week has something for everyone.

The planning of the block party and other festivities is still in the works so be sure to follow us on social media and visit this webpage to keep current on all the celebration programming.


Be sure to mark your calendars for our week-long celebration. Here are some event highlights to note:

Pancake Breakfast and Community Photo 
9:00am – 10:30am
Town Square


UniverCity Busker and The Market
11:30am – 2:30pm
Town Square

Wine and Beer Tasting Event 
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Club Ilia (8902 University High Street, Burnaby BC)
Join local up and coming sommelier John Gerum as you sip and savour wine and beer at this free event. Registration is recommended. Don’t forget to check out the UniverCity 10 Year Anniversary cocktail!

Outdoor Movie Night hosted by The Point Church – Rio 2 
Sunset (approximately 8:00pm)
Grass Field across from Strand Hall Building and west of the Town Square
Grab a blanket and get to the Grass Field early for a good spot in front of the giant screen to watch Rio 2.

Take the opportunity to enjoy a popular family film in a natural setting under the twinkling canopy of the stars. Get to know your neighbours in the community, share a few laughs, and maybe pick up something delicious to eat from the great variety of High Street merchants on your way there.


UniverCity Community Block Party
10:00am – 3:00pm
Town Square, University High Street, Sales Centres and surrounding areas
Includes performances by UniverCity buskers, Treehouse’s Bobs n’ Lolo, food trucks, inflatable climbing wall, face painting, photo booth sponsored by Scotiabank, free BBQ sponsored by Nesters Market, the market, bouncy castles, celebration cake, free parking and more!

Free Parking
Free parking in Lot B is provided by SFU during the Block Party. Please print the Block Party parking pass and display in your vehicle.

Want to get involved?
If you would like to become involved in the UniverCity Community Block Party by sponsoring an activity please contact Info@UniverCity.ca.

If you would like to volunteer at the Community Block Party, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it by email to Info@UniverCity.ca.

We hope to see you there!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our 10 Year Anniversary celebration events: Pancake Breakfast & Community Photo, Wine + Beer Tasting Event hosted by Club Ilia, (Outdoor) Movie Night hosted by The Point Church, and finally the UniverCity Block Party! For photos of our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, please visit the UniverCity (UniverCitySFU) Facebook page.

For those who participated in the Red Carpet Photobooth sponsored by Scotiabank during the UniverCity Block Party, please send an email to Info@UniverCity to request the link to view your photos digitally. 


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July 2014 Community Update

July 11, 2014

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Click here to read the latest UniverCity Community Update newsletter.

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I SPY to Win Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival Tickets 2014

June 25, 2014

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It’s back! Want to win tickets to the 2014 Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival? Now you can by participating in UniverCity’s I SPY contest!

Search for two UniverCity stickers hidden within the UniverCity and SFU communities (one sticker at each location). Keep a lookout as stickers could be anywhere from inside buildings at SFU or the site of UniverCity’s first public art piece.

Once you have found both stickers, claim your tickets at the Trust office (#150-8960 University High Street) during office hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm). Contest begins on July 10th until 31st, 2014.

Visit the Trust office or follow us on Facebook (UnivercitySFU), Twitter (@UniverCity_SFU), this webpage for clues on the sticker whereabouts. A total of 8 (4 pairs) tickets are up for grabs. Participants are eligible to win a maximum of one pair (2) tickets. Weekly clues will be revealed on Thursday July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st at 12:00pm.

Good luck and happy searching through all the nooks and crannies of our beautiful community!


I SPY Round 4 – Here’s your last chance to win I SPY tickets to the Burnaby Blues + Roots Fest! Good luck!I SPY Week 4 clue


And we have a winner! Congratulations Carolyn Hanna for finding the two UniverCity stickers at the City of Burnaby Hawk ecosculpture and SFU Three Trees.

Burnaby has many horticultural treasures throughout the city throughout the spring and summer months. The eco-sculptures are works of art created from nature, carrying with it environmental messages. For a list of all the City of Burnaby’s Eco-Sculptures, click here: http://www.burnaby.ca/Assets/things+to+do/explore+outdoors/ecosculptures/Parks+-+Eco-Sculpture+Map+Location.pdf

The three trees by the Simon Fraser University AQ Pond represents SFU’s trimester system.

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Congratulations to this week’s winner Anita Mahoney for finding the two UniverCity stickers at the Yellow Fence public art and SFU’s Oval Reflection sculpture.


Yellow Fence by Erica Stocking at THE HUB is part of UniverCity’s Public Art program. Public art is integral to the fabric of the community life on Burnaby Mountain. Funded through development, UniverCity’s Public Art Program encourages a dialogue between artists and the public about the definitions of community.

Two new Public Art pieces – Eco So Mo and Near as Far as Far as Near will be unveiled as part of UniverCity’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, September 16th. Save the Date!

For more information on the UniverCity Public Art Program, please visit: http://univercity.ca/community/amenities/arts-culture/

The SFU Peak tries to settle the debate on whether Carlos Basanta’s Oval Reflections interactive sculpture is an avocado or an egg. What do you think?

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I Spy Week 1 Winner _ Laura Brenton

That was quick! And just like that we have a Round 1 winner. Congratulations Laura Brenton for finding the two I SPY stickers this week at the Nesters Market fish department and Sustainable SFU Learning Gardens!  See you next Thursday for Round 2!

Nesters Market at UniverCity supports the SeaChoice program which provides seafood guides to help consumers make the best seafood choices for healthy and sustainable oceans.

Sustainable SFU offers a local food harvest box available at Burnaby Mountain. UniverCity community members can subscribe to a weekly delivery of seasonal vegetables from a new cooperative of Metro Vancouver farmers. For more information on the FarmCity Co-Op CSA Box program, please visit: http://sustainablesfu.org/actionareas/food/sfu-harvest-box/csa-box/

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UniverCity Childcare Centre celebrated in new book from the Living Future Institute

May 21, 2014


For Immediate Release

Burnaby, BC. — Generation Green: The Making of the UniverCity Childcare Centre, a new book from the Living Future Institute’s publishing division, is being released today, to celebrate what is expected to be the first building in Canada to be certified as a Living Building.

Generation Green showcases a brilliant pairing of innovative design and deep green construction. The first Canadian entry in Ecotone Publishing’s Living Building Challenge series, the 168-page, lavishly illustrated book documents how the UniverCity community leadership proved that you can meet the highest environmental building standards on the continent and do so for less than it would cost to build a conventional childcare.

“We’re delighted at the prospect of the UniverCity Childcare Centre being recognized as Canada’s first Living Building—a building that has been heralded as the greenest childcare centre on the planet,” said SFU Community Trust President and CEO Gordon Harris. “This book chronicles our journey and exemplifies our passion for creating a model sustainable community that brings international acclaim to Simon Fraser University and to the City of Burnaby.”

Green Challenge author Michael Berrisford said: “I think readers will find the making of this childcare faciility a riveting tale. As one of the first wave of projects to take on the Living Building Challenge™, it began its life, at least on paper, at the top floor of a six-story parking garage. Lucky for all involved with the project, it evolved for the better – morally and monetarily – from there.”

The Living Building Challenge book series features real examples to guide readers through the most rigorous of green building standards – to share stakeholder knowledge for the next generation of projects. Each book offers an intimate look at a successful Living Building design and is complimented by full-color photography and architectural imagery.

Book Description:
The greenest childcare centre in the world is here. The UniverCity Childcare Centre is the most recent success in the model sustainable community of UniverCity, a living, growing test site for the innovative urban planning concepts and building designs necessary for an ecologically and economically sustainable future.

Embracing the Living Building Challenge, the most stringent sustainable-building standard in the world, the UniverCity Childcare Centre represents the pinnacle of integrated design and building performance, demonstrating that our most precious citizens can enjoy (and afford) an environment that is healthy, beautiful and supportive of their needs.

Generation Green tells the extraordinary story of how the SFU Community Trust along with a talented team of deep green design professionals and a dedicated group of educators collectively elevated the bar for ecological design and early childhood education. The result is a net-zero water and net-zero energy building constructed of healthy materials sourced from within 500 kilometres. It was also delivered at a cost 18% below conventional childcare centres being built in the region at the same time. Generation Green is part of the first wave of groundbreaking publications in the Living Building Challenge Series documenting the path to a sustainable future. 

About UniverCity:
UniverCity is an award-winning sustainable community adjacent to Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, BC – a modern urban neighbourhood, nestled in a wild, protected forest. The development authority, the SFU Community Trust, is committed to creating a model of sustainable design and practice, while also generating endowment wealth to support teaching and research at SFU. A compact, complete, transit-oriented community, UniverCity is currently home to 3,500 residents, and has a potential population at buildout of 10,000.

About Ecotone Publishing:
Ecotone Publishing is a division of the International Living Future Institute and is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for authoritative and accessible books on sustainable design, materials selection and building techniques in North America and beyond. Located in the Cascadia region, Ecotone is well positioned to document the greatest successes of the Pacific Northwest’s green design movement. Instilled with the same pioneering spirit that inspired the Institute, Ecotone searches out exemplary projects, people and trends that can lead the design industry to transformational change toward a healthier planet.


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