Coquitlam calling on tech companies for environment solutions

The city has put out an open call for green technology to help the city solve climate change issues, including managing storm water, creating smarter civic facilities and reducing building and vehicle emissions.

Finding solutions in order to achieve action on climate change.

Coquitlam has set that goal through its new environmental sustainability plan (ESP), as well as reducing gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

And now, as the city hopes to succeed with the above, it’s also seeking fresh ideas and perspectives from the technological side of the process.

On Monday (May 9), Coquitlam issued an open call for local tech-based firms wishing to tackle environment challenges to contribute to the ESP, and offer creative innovations in areas like climate action, green infrastructure and water management.

The city has dubbed the campaign “Project Greenlight” – a regional platform that brings public and private enterprises together with technology companies for digital, data-driven approaches to service-delivery.

“In the year since our program launched, we have seen incredible proposals put forward by innovators from Metro Vancouver and around the world, with several currently in the pilot stage,” explains program manager John McPherson in a news release.

“I’m excited to see what the innovation community will come up with to help us promote a smarter and more sustainable Coquitlam.”

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

Specifically, small and medium-sized tech companies are encouraged to pitch ideas, while members will gain access to leading-edge solutions to solve long-standing challenges, reduce environmental impacts and maximize assets.

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.

“Coquitlam is committed to a resilient and responsible future, and our partnership with Project Greenlight enables us to tap into local expertise to make progress on the goals set out in our Environmental Sustainability Plan,” adds city environment manager Caresse Selk.

The city says Project Greenlight is funded by Pacific Economic Development Canada.

Interested local companies have until July 31, 2022, to participate during the first round of applications.

For more information about the open call, you’re encouraged to visit the City of Coquitlam’s website.

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