COQUITLAM, B.C., July 11, 2022 – The deadline is July 31 for Coquitlam’s open call for innovative problem-solvers to develop technology-based solutions for local environmental challenges.
With the goal of collaborating towards a resilient, responsible Coquitlam, the City is seeking solutions that can be implemented to support the new Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), with a focus on climate action, the built environment and 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. 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.
Details about Coquitlam’s open call can be found at www.coquitlam.ca/projectgreenlight, and details on proposal eligibility, evaluation criteria and the review process can be found here.
In Search of Sustainable and Smart Environmental Solutions
The open call comes through Coquitlam’s membership in Project Greenlight, a regional procurement platform that teams up public and private enterprises with tech companies to accelerate the use of sustainable tech-based, data-driven – or “smart” – approaches to service-delivery.
The open call hopes to attract innovative ideas for how the City can reduce energy and emissions in its operations, increase the resiliency of its services and address goals in the ESP related to:
- Climate action – including more electric or reduced-emission vehicles and buildings, and building smarter and greener transportation infrastructure;
- The built environment and green infrastructure – including managing rainwater runoff on impervious surfaces, creating smarter civic facilities and gathering park user data; and
- Water management – managing stormwater for flood protection and environmental protection, managing sewer inflow and infiltration (leaks), and maintaining healthy waterways.
Supporting the Technology Sector
Project Greenlight is funded by Pacific Economic Development Canada and hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission with support from Foresight Canada.
The City’s involvement is a natural fit with its efforts both to grow its local tech sector and to leverage technology to improve service delivery and efficiency. In particular, the membership will support the 2019-2024 Coquitlam Technology Strategy, which envisions the City as a clean tech hub and lays out actions to attract more tech companies and their well-paid jobs.
Manager Economic Development
City of Coquitlam