We already have an effective program design that can be replicated and adjusted as necessary for other communities. Our step-by-step process will include the following key milestones for launch in each community:

  • Establish partnership with the city public school board.
    We have had great success in forging official partnerships with the Toronto District School Board and Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. With successful programming, unmistakable impacts on Ontario students, and the demand by school boards for STEM+ART and ecological literacy, we are in a strong position to build similar partnerships with school boards in Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
  • Recruit two part-time architect/educational instructors per city to deliver programming.
    No.9 continues to have significant interest from architects inspired by the program. To date, we have hired more than 10 consultants and worked with more than 50 volunteers in the classroom. These positions are significant to the success of the program as they act as the contact points for program coordination with school boards, and deliver the programs
  • Train architect/educational instructors.
    Selected architect consultants will be trained by No.9’s existing consultants and will be provided with all materials necessary to deliver the program.
  • Recruit a project manager.
    A project manager will oversee the program expansion across the country, meet with schools, school boards and students, and assure quality control and constructive feedback from all stakeholders.

Encouraging students to set goals for post secondary school will increase their odds of graduating and make them more likely to be financially independent and secure.


The Passport to Higher Education program is a new add-on digital supplement to the existing Imagining My Sustainable Community program. Once students are introduced to green building careers through the Imagining My Sustainable Community program they begin to make inquiries as to how they can become involved in these professions later on in life. The digital Passport to Higher Education app provides participating students with the information required to pursue a career in one of the professions introduced to them during the four day design charrette process.

If for example students become inspired and interested in becoming an architect, engineer, landscape architect or city planner the information on what high school courses are require and what post secondary schools provide education in these professions will be provided in the Passport to Higher Education online app. This easy to use and easy to understand resource will allow students to start to plan their future educational goals. Graphically playful this online application will provide guidance to students as they continue to refine their educational goals in the green building sector. The Canadian Government has stated that the green building and tech industry sector will be a major growth area in our future economy. Preparing the next generation with the information on how to engage in this growing sector is critical to it’s success.