Sustainability Plans

UBC explores and exemplifies all aspects of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The foundations of our efforts are the numerous plans that reflect the University’s vision and guide our sustainability activities—as well as allow us to celebrate successes and share lessons learned.


Shaping UBC's Next Century

UBC’s strategic plan represents a roadmap. It sets out our collective vision, purpose, goals and strategies for the years ahead. It guides our decisions and actions - inspiring the very best in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners. We hope you will join us on this journey.

Download the strategy.

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20-year Sustainability Strategy

The 20-year Sustainability Strategy for UBC's Vancouver campus provides a long-term strategic direction for sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations and infrastructure and the community.

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Place and Promise: The UBC Plan

UBC’s strategic plan, Place and Promise, contains nine commitments with goals and actions designed to realize our vision for the future. Sustainability is one of the key commitments, and embeds sustainability into the university's strategic direction.

Download the Plan and Reports.

 Vancouver Campus Plan

Vancouver Campus Plan

Updated in 2010, the Vancouver Campus Plan incorporates sustainability as the first of five interrelated strategies identified to achieve the plan's vision.

Download the Plan.

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Climate Action Plan

The UBC Climate Action Plan identifies the University’s aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and strategies, to guide the Vancouver campus in its ongoing transition toward a low carbon future.

Download the Plan and Carbon Neutral Action Reports.

Zero Waste Action Plan

UBC, in collaboration with the University Neighbourhoods Association, has developed and released the comprehensive Zero Waste Action Plan. The plan outlines UBC’s targets to reach new milestones in waste reduction and management, and the actions required to meet those targets.

Download the PDF here.

Transportation Plans

UBC's Transportation Plan provides guidelines and recommendations for managing changes to UBC’s transportation systems, proposes solutions to many campus transportation issues, and includes strategies for implementing important changes in how we travel to, from and around campus.

Download the Plan and Transportation Status Reports.

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Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges

This international Charter was an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges held on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, Canada on June 22-25. 

Access the Okanagan Charter and visit the conference website here

Sustainability Academic Strategy

Created through a collaborative process to inform the UBC strategic planning process, this document provides recommendations around specific academic themes and guides the work of the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI).

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Inspirations and Aspirations: UBC Sustainability Strategy 2006-2010

UBC's first sustainability strategy, produced in consultation with over 20 UBC departments, all 12 faculties and all major student organization at UBC Vancouver, which provided a framework and identified major goals, objectives and targets for sustainability at UBC.

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