Dale is the director of development for the UniverCity Project at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. The UniverCity community is being developed around “Four Cornerstones of Sustainability”, including Environment, Equity, Education, and Economy. Mikkelsen and the Trust’s team are making significant and innovative contributions toward the creation of independent and universal green building standards to ensure a high level of urban design and environmental performance. Mikkelsen is charged with raising the bar of sustainable community planning to ensure UniverCity remains on the leading edge of energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building.
Prior to working with SFU Community Trust, Mikkelsen was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Athlete’s Village. He also acted as the City’s Green Building Planner. He serves as a board member for the International Living Future Institute and is helping UniverCity to create Canada’s first Living Building. Mikkelsen is also leading the design and implementation of one of Canada’s largest neighbourhood energy utilities reducing GHG’s on Burnaby Mountain by as much as 85% within 3 years.
Mikkelsen has a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Dale is a father of 2 wonderful little kids, and tries to live an active and sustainable lifestyle as a model for his children.