RISE to the Challenge! Come up with an Idea to Fix Rising Sea Levels in Vancouver and Win $35,000

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As part of its annual Community Summit, Simon Fraser University’s Public Square is hosting RISE, an ideas competition calling for BC residents to come up with solutions to Metro Vancouver’s rising sea level issues. Online registration for the competition, which is open to the public and offers a grand prize of $35,000, begins today September 8.

BC Ministry of Environment reports are predicting the ocean surrounding Vancouver could rise by one meter by 2100, putting local ecosystems, housing, transportation and infrastructure at risk and causing significant economic losses. The RISE competition is asking teams to come up with high-level ideas and designs to address the challenges of this sea level rise in Metro Vancouver.

You don’t have to be experts, all you need is an ability to understand the issues, come up with some innovative ideas, submit them by October 6 and present them to the judges on October 19 2014.  What issues you focus on and how you tackle them is up to you. Your ideas could be broad enough to address multiple social, economic and environmental issues related to sea level rise in Metro Vancouver or you could focus on a specific area of community life such as housing, transport, infrastructure, parks, ecosystems, or the regional economy.

In addition to the grand prize of $35,000, prizes of $10,000 each will be awarded for social, economic, and environmental category winners, as well as a secret cash prize for the People’s Choice Award Winner. Winners will be announced October 22 at an evening of discussion at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Register online at  www.sfu.ca/rise/how/register.html

Last modified: September 8, 2014

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