KPU’s Sustainable Food Systems Working Group receives $50,000 donation from Vancity

Mon, Mar 18, 2013
Vancity Donation
(L-R) Njeri Kontulahti, Vancity, Community Investment Manager; Dr. Arthur Fallick, KPU, Director, Sustainable Urban Systems; Moira Teevan, Senior Community Associate; Dr. Kent Mullinix, KPU, Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security; Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, KPU, Dean, Faculty of Science

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March 19, 2013

KPU’s Sustainable Food Systems Working Group receives $50,000 donation from Vancity

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – On March 13, 2013, Vancity presented Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) with a $50,000 donation to the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group in support of their economic and community development study.

“We are extremely pleased that Vancity, a recognized leader in sustainable community and economic development thinking, action and support in British Columbia, has chosen to fund our work to design and plan for the implementation of a south-west BC bio-regional food system,” said Dr. Kent Mullinix, KPU, director, sustainable agriculture and food security. “Vancity’s support is supremely meaningful to us and the communities we are working with.”

The donation was presented by Moira Teevan, senior community investment associate, and Njeri Kontulahti, community investment manager, Maple Ridge, Mission, Pitt Meadows region. Accepting the donation with Dr. Kent Mullinix, were KPU’s Dr. Arthur Fallick, director, sustainable urban systems, and Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean, faculty of science. The presentation took place at KPU Richmond, home to the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group.

Vancity’s donation represents substantial support, financially and ideologically, of the work that continues to be done by the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group.

The Sustainable Food Systems Working Group of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, in addition to conducting applied research such as the Bio-regional Food Systems Design and Plan project also lead the development of KPU’s Richmond Farm School and the new bachelor of applied science-sustainable agriculture degree. It is the goal of the group to bring forth integrated applied research, education programs and community/industry outreach programs to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems in British Columbia. For more information please visit,

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information about this donation please contact:
Dr. Kent Mullinix
Director, sustainable agriculture and food security
Tel: 604-612-1252

For more information about KPU, contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196