When it comes to sustainability, we have history. We have momentum. And we have ambitions to accomplish much more. Here is The University of British Columbia’s sustainability story, so far.
Although our institutional history dates back some 100 years, our modern sustainability story begins in 1990 when The University of British Columbia signed the Talloires Declaration. In doing so our University, along with hundreds of other leading educational institutions who signed the Declaration, pledged to make sustainability the foundation for campus operations, research and teaching.
Since then, UBC has lead the campus sustainability movement in many ways. We were the first university in Canada to adopt a sustainable development policy and the first to open a campus sustainability office. In 2007, we met our Kyoto targets, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by six percent below 1990 levels, this despite double-digit increases in floor space and student enrolment. We've won numerous awards and have marked our progress with these milestones: