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Vancouver’s former head of sustainability back for free lecture

April 7th, 2010 · 4 Comments

SFU’s always-great City Program has another interesting lecture coming up, this one by Thomas Osdoba, the former sustainability manager in Vancouver.

Those who think the recent firing of the city’s chief electrician was odd should refresh their memories about what happened with Osdoba, who was fired by then-city manager Judy Rogers after a lot of internal pushing from him to make the Olympic village achieve higher green standards. What actually happened there, no one ever reported on fully — again, one of those extremely messy situations where it was hard to tell whether there was a political agenda or something harder to nail down.

At any rate, here’s Tom again to talk about a bigger-picture look at making cities green.

A 22nd Century City: Reinventing our DNA
April 15, 7 pm
Venue: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at

What will it take to transform our cities? What changes do we need to make in the basic operating code in how cities function? In this lecture, Thomas Osdoba will argue for creating a culture of innovation around sustainability — and ways to make it happen.

Thomas Osdoba is Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, and Principal at Tao Strategies. He is the former Sustainability Manager for the City of Vancouver and has served as the Acting Director of the Canada Carbon Trust. He has 20 years of experience in environmental policy development and initiatives to promote and support sustainable development.

Sponsored by HB Lanarc Consultants Ltd and the SFU City Program .

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