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Deadline nears on Coquitlam's call for local tech-based climate-action solutions

The city believes technology can help provide a sustainable path to carbon neutrality.
Dzenan Jauzovic - BarnetHighwayCoquitlam2022
The Coquitlam side of the Barnet Highway looking east to its intersection with Lougheed.

Coquitlam says it's taking a unique approach to tackle challenges imposed by climate change and other environmental challenges.

In early May, the city made a call out to local companies to create and submit potential technology-based solutions in contributing to its environmental sustainability plan (ESP).

Project Greenlight's open-call deadline is now two weeks away — on July 31.

It's a regional platform set to bring public and private enterprises together with technology companies for digital, data-driven approaches to service-delivery.

Innovations are aimed to create solutions in areas like climate action, green infrastructure and water management.

"Coquitlam is looking for functional, reliable and scalable solutions that have a defined implementation strategy and outcomes, and that directly relate to the ESP and climate action objectives," says Andre Isakov, city manager of economic development, in a news release.

"Selected proponents must demonstrate financial stability and be ready to deploy a pilot project. Coquitlam recognizes that local talent and engagement is key to building a more resilient future and sustainable municipal services and, therefore, encourage Coquitlam innovators to apply." 

Through its ESP, Coquitlam is hoping to cut gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Project Greenlight's plan is based on the premise that by unlocking new opportunities for innovation, it could amplify the local startup ecosystem and accelerate smart and sustainable transformation.

The Coquitlam campaign's open call to reach its ESP goals relates to the following:

  • Climate action
    • More electric or reduced-emission vehicles and buildings, and building smarter and greener transportation infrastructure
  • The built environment and green infrastructure
    • Managing rainwater runoff on impervious surfaces, creating smarter civic facilities and gathering park user data
  • Water management
    • Managing stormwater for flood protection and environmental protection, managing sewer inflow and infiltration (leaks), and maintaining healthy waterways

For more information about the open call, its eligibility and criteria, you're encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam's website.

Project Greenlight is funded by Pacific Economic Development Canada, hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission and supported by Foresight Canada.