KPU experts talk sustainability at PechaKucha Night Surrey

Thu, Mar 3, 2016

What does sustainability mean?

Faculty from various departments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) took up the challenge to explore this question. Looked at from a variety of perspectives — including anthropology, technical trades, creative writing, horticulture and psychology — the results will be unveiled at City Hall's Centre Stage, in partnership with KPU, at PechaKucha Night Surrey Vol. 6: Sustainability.

The event March 24 will be a show-and-tell evening of images, ideas and inspiration. Ten fast-paced presentations cover topics from Undiscovered Virtues of Weeds by Lily Liuto Incorporating Aboriginal Wisdom to Promote Eco-literacy by June Kaminski, to Four Simple Things You Can Do to Save Honeybees by Farhad Dastur.

It’s a fun, social evening, with live music by Borealis String Quartet, a dynamic world-class ensemble that has brought passion, refined musical interpretation and spectacular entertainment to 16 years of performances. Comprised of Patricia Shih on violin, Nikita Pogrebnoy on viola, Sungyong Lim on cello and Yuel Yawney on violin, the group is currently the string quartet-in-residence at KPU where they teach KPU music students and performs across campuses. (For more information, visit

PechaKucha is a presentation format where 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each. The images advance automatically as the presenter speaks, making each presentation fast and fun. The format was devised by Astrid KIein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in 2003 and has since spread to over 800 cities around the world. Centre Stage at City Hall is excited to be an Authorised City in the PechaKucha family. More on the engaging format can be found at

About Centre Stage
With state-of-the-art sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment, and the experienced staff from the Surrey Arts Centre, Centre Stage is perfect for film screenings, live music, theatre and dance performances as well as meetings, conferences, and seminars. This unique venue is also available for community presentations and events.
About Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

Centre Stage media contact:
Kat Wahamaa
t: 604-501-5566

KPU media contact:
Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist
t: 604.599.2883
c: 604.364.1288

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