The global pandemic continues to be a wakeup call for humanity. While greenhouse gas emissions dropped last spring as people quarantined at home, the parallels between climate change and the spread of disease became alarmingly clear. COVID-19 dominated global and local news,
even as countries continued to act on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pledged to, “Race to Zero” via economic recovery in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow in the fall.

At UBC, the climate emergency remains a key priority. The global pandemic showed us how rapidly we can change. Calls to “build back better” post-pandemic as well as market transformation led to unprecedented public investment and a surge in renewable energy and green infrastructure. We can learn from how quickly we switched gears to hold virtual classes and meetings, and fast-tracked the creation of community gathering spaces like pop-up plazas in our cities. Change is possible. Nature is demanding it. UBC will continue to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world.

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Our Annual Sustainability Reports provide an overview of sustainability activities and highlight achievements at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.