Well done University of Winnipeg – you set the example for urban development

Recently, while I was researching an editorial for University World News, I came across the University of Winnipeg’s Community Renewal Corporation.  This non-profit organisation has helped revive the campus and develop relationships with the surrounding community through environmentally conscious, social enterprise.  Not only have they transformed their campus to be the centre of urban culture (and become Kyoto Protocol compliant!) – they have consulted for other universities to unroll this model at their university.  Over the past year, as we have watched conservative provincial governments take steps backward for the environment and urban communities, UW’s activities should wake us up.  Universities can set the urban development agenda for the future and do not need to wait around for governments to empower them.  You can read my piece on urban development and universities here:


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