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Overcoming Barriers to Active Transportation With E-Bikes

Overcoming Barriers to Active Transportation With E-Bikes

October 8, 2019

A VIU student research project aims to help cities formulate cycling plans that include electric bicycles.­­Vancouver Island University (VIU) Masters of Community Planning student Eleni Gibson used to enjoy cycling. That was when she lived in Victoria, but after moving to Nanaimo to pursue her post-secondary education, it became a grueling activity.“I was trying to cycle but it's a 35-minute bike... Read more


VIU Climate Change Symposium Focuses on Local Solutions

May 7, 2019

VIU student-led climate change symposium on Saturday, May 11 will spotlight sustainable energy solutions for Vancouver Island. ­­ NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-led climate change initiative, Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER), is hosting its sixth annual public symposium on Saturday, May 11.  The symposium, called Local Solutions... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Degree to a Pioneer in the Field of Social Isolation and Connectedness

January 18, 2019

“There is no other, the other is only ever us,” is the underlying theme in Kim Samuel’s work about connectedness and acknowledging humanity and our entitlement to be treated with love and respect.  Kim Samuel, Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), is unwavering in her advocacy for human rights and inclusive policy change. Her life’s work has focused on the power of... Read more


VIU Professor and Master’s Student Collaborate to Develop Vancouver Island's Water Budget

October 3, 2018

In resource-rich Canada, people often assume our water supply is limitless but between contamination and overuse, we have to wonder: how much water is really available? Vancouver Island University (VIU) Geography Professor Dr. Alan Gilchrist and Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications student, Tim Sivak, have partnered with the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource... Read more


Green is the New Black

January 8, 2018

By Dane Gibson A new project at VIU’s Nanaimo campus is using the flooded, abandoned coal mines underneath the campus to build a greener future. Here’s how.    Nobody could predict that the scores of workers who toiled in the Wakesiah coal mine in the early 1900s would be providing the infrastructure needed to heat and cool buildings at a Nanaimo university – nearly a century later... Read more


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