The Sustainability Academy concept directly links to the need for research, innovation and collaborative efforts to achieve a sustainable region, building on and strengthening existing Metro Vancouver efforts in the areas of education, research, training and community outreach.
Sustainability Academies are a model for collaboration, exchange of ideas and the implementation of innovative practices. The model is intended to be flexible depending on the partners and the opportunities for programming.
The Academy concept will attract partnerships with academia, the private sector and other government agencies, with the overarching objective of creating a network of academies committed to innovation and sustainability. Each of the proposed Academies will have a unique theme and focus on critical service areas including wastewater management, water supply, parks, air quality and food systems and will be located at key Metro Vancouver sites. The Academies can be new facilities, upgraded existing facilities and programming or virtual academies.