This project supports the physical and mental wellbeing of the student population at the UBC Okanagan campus. This will be achieved through the development of a physical activity referral program. Students with physical or mental health related concerns will be referred to the program by healthcare professionals and UBCO Health and Wellness. Students will receive physical activity-related mentorship from peers in the Human Kinetics program to increase their wellbeing.

Partner: UBC-O School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, physical activity, mental wellbeing

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2019
Kendra Arthurs

Metro Vancouver manages the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam watersheds to supply drinking water to 2.5 million residents. The future of this source  relies on the continued forest health of these water supply areas. This report investigates the effect future climate change could have on biotic disturbances like western hemlock looper, balsam woolly adelgid, swiss needle cast and western hemlock dwarf mistletoe. Short and long term management strategies for these problems are also discussed.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: biodiversity, ecological systems, forest health

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2019
Katherine Kitchens

This project aims to improve and update the understanding of ground-level ozone science since the adoption of the latest Regional Ground-Level Ozone Strategy (RGLOS) in 2014. Includes recent relevant literature on ozone chemistry, meteorology, industrial processes, medical research, ecology, and best practices adopted by other jurisdictions. Builds upon the current RGLOS and addresses challenges the Canadian Lower Fraser Valley is facing to inform the anticipated RGLOS renewal in 2019/2020.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy

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2019
Wenhao Chen

The purpose of this project is to assess the multi-media impacts of cannabis production facilities in Metro Vancouver in order to inform the planning and regulation of these facilities. The report includes annual projections of local air quality impacts, water use and discharge, solid waste generation, as well as energy use and associated carbon emissions.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, air quality

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2019
Raahil Madhok

This report provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities for creating an online marketplace for salvaged construction and demolition materials in Metro Vancouver to help the region increase its diversion rate to 80% by 2020. Includes suggestions for focusing on salvaged wood, supporting deconstruction within the region, actively managing the online marketplace, and providing a warehouse to store the salvaged material. 

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development & green economy, waste management & recycling, sustainable construction & demolition

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2019
Stephanie Dalo

Fugitive methane emissions, which occur due to leaks, flaring, or venting of methane gas in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) aren't included in the 2006 IPCC National GHG inventory. This project opens a discussion into the potential presence of fugitive methane emissions in a wastewater treatment plant to allow for appropriate mitigation measures and ultimately adoption of best practices in the field to help reduce global GHG emissions from WWTPs.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: waste management & recycling, wastewater, methane

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2019
Archita Borah

This report seeks to assist the UBC Human Resources Equity Inclusion working group and the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office to understand current, effective, and leading equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) human resources practices and approaches for the workplace. The aim of the report is to provide the HR Equity and Inclusion working group with information to support the development of a road-map that prioritizes EDI initiatives within HR and across UBC.  

Partner: UBC Human Resources
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, human resources, employment equity, marginalization

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2019
Beatrice Zano

This projects aims to understand the recycling process and collect quantitative data on waste streams that have not been tracked at four health care sites. It also explains the feasibility of conducting a comprehensive analysis on all waste streams at other sites, describes the challenges and barriers in data collection, and provides suggestions for new recycling programs to increase waste diversion in health care.

Partner: Fraser Health
Keywords: waste management & recycling

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2019
Yu Luo

A policy assessment to support the implementation of UBC's Green Building Action Plan with a focus on reduction of embodied carbon in building projects through whole-building lifecycle assessment (LCA). Research includes a review of policies, standards, regulations and available market tools related to LCAs. The results of this study will inform how embodied carbon is measured with the overall objective of reducing the environmental impact of building construction through improved organizational decision-making.

Partner: UBC Sustainability Initiative (Urban Innovation Research)
Keywords: green buildings, supply chain management & green procurement, sustainable development & green economy

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2019
Mackenzie Walker

Improving the resiliency, health, and adaptability of the UBC community is a key goal of the UBC Green Building Action Plan (GBAP).  This study explores the feasibility of using a resiliency-focused building standard in the UBC context. The report explores the concept of  resilience  as it has been adopted by various organizations around the world, reviews the recently developed RELi rating system for resilient design and construction, and identifies gaps and opportunities for UBC campus development. 

Partner: UBC Sustainability Initiative (Urban Innovation Research)
Keywords: green buildings, resilience, climate adaptation

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2019
Rashmin Sorathiya

This project reviews the research program at UBC's Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF). The main research topics have been tar cracking, fuel quality, and emissions. In 2020, the BRDF will expand to include a 12 MWth boiler that produces thermal energy by combustion. Interviews with key UBC faculty and operators identified enablers and barriers for collaboration and for conducting applied research in an operating facility. 

Partner: UBC Sustainability Initiative (Urban Innovation Research)
Keywords: green buildings, bioenergy, campus as a living lab

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2019
Amanda Johnson

Residential retrofit programs designed to achieve  emission reductions over the past 25+ years have not created the sustained market transformation needed to meet future targets. Currently, local governments in southern to mid Vancouver Island are committed to making deep reductions to green house gas (GHG) emissions in communities. This report provides information on current and existing retrofit programs and an analysis of best practices for accelerating residential retrofits.

Partner: Capital Regional District
Keywords: green buildings, leadership & behaviour change, sustainable development & green economy

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2019
Mark McNaughton

This project aims to support the development of the City of Surrey's existing buildings strategy by providing an analysis of the policies and programs of nearby local governments using the Market Transformation Framework. Key takeaways from the analysis include adopting building-specific targets, expanding incentive programs, advocating for a provincial energy labelling program, collaborating with local governments and stakeholders, and exploring targeted marketing options.

Partner: City of Surrey
Keywords: green buildings

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2019
Zeynya Alemayehu

A Lifecycle Costing Tool (LCT) can assist in selecting new fleet vehicles and accelerate the adoption of low-emission vehicles. This project's tool allows for a comparison of lifecycle costs between various battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, and internal combustion engine vehicle models. The report includes best practice research and an overview of available LCTs in North America, examples of tool metrics, calculation approaches, the final tool description, and user guide.

Partner: Township of Langley
Keywords: transportation, electric vehicles, fleet procurement

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2019
Alsu Rakhimova

This project explores policy options on how Metro Vancouver and member municipalities can lead the implementation of building energy benchmarking, an ongoing measurement of a building's energy performance. The research report includes lessons learned from leading jurisdictions, an overview of existing benchmarking requirements in the region and findings from stakeholder interviews, and presents four policy alternatives for consideration by Metro Vancouver and member jurisdictions. 

Partner: UBC Campus & Community Planning
Keywords: green buildings, building energy benchmarking, policy solutions for existing buildings

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2019
Jiaxin Li

This project analyzed trends and best practices in sustainability communication on Facebook and LinkedIn in order to implement an effective social media marketing campaign on UBC Botanical Garden's LinkedIn Page.

Partner: UBC Botanical Garden
Keywords: leadership & behaviour change, social sustainability, sustainability in education

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2019
Shalini Nanayakkara

This project was conducted for TransLink on how remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, could be a future option for freight and passenger transportation. Includes an overview of RPAS technology, Canadian and American regulation frameworks and the challenges facing the RPAS industry. Includes policy and technological considerations for TransLink to consider once RPAS passenger and freight travel has been approved by Transport Canada. 

Partner: TransLink
Keywords: transportation, drones, RPAS

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2019
Shareen Chin

This project provides a non-technical explanation of the functioning of blockchain technology and its main attributes such as trust, traceability, transparency and decentralization. It also outlines the potential uses of this technology in the transportation sector while analyzing the benefits it could bring in cases related to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), supply chain and tolling systems in different cities.

Partner: TransLink
Keywords: supply chain management & green procurement, transportation

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2019
Citlali Cruz Cruz

As the residential green building industry grows, there has been a proliferation of resources to help inform the building community. These resources, however, are spread over several websites and include duplications, making it difficult to find targeted information. The Net Zero Energy Ready Residential Buildings Toolkit tackles this problem by linking to the most relevant sections of the available documentation, and by organizing these links in an intuitive manner.

Partner: Zero Emissions Building Exchange (Zebx)
Keywords: green buildings, sustainable development, green economy 

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2019
Daniel Eden

This article presents the case that cycling is probably the most sustainable urban transport mode, feasible not only for short trips but also for medium-distance trips too long to cover by walking.

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2017
John Pucher & Ralph Buehler

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