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

Interest in transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has encouraged the development and refinement of new technologies. This report researches the alternative technologies available for off-grid microgeneration applications for Metro Vancouver sites. A high-level feasibility study was conducted to determine which technologies might replace current solar, thermoelectric, and battery energy-based systems, and to recommend next steps for exploring promising technologies.

Partner: Metro Vancouver
Keywords: sustainable development, green economy, water infrastructure

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2019
Narain Khera

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 project looks at the costs and benefits of transitioning full-service restaurant kitchens from gas-powered ranges and griddles to induction ranges and griddles in order to reduce the carbon footprint of Vancouver’s restaurant industry. The research draws on low carbon best practices examples found in California and Ecuador to make recommendations on policies and strategies that the City of Vancouver can employ.

Partner: City of Vancouver
Keywords: climate and renewables, green buildings, green economy

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2019
Solomon Atta

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

The Brock Commons Tallwood Building is unique in the use of mass hybrid timber structure: 16 storeys of mass timber over a concrete podium with concrete stair cores. Learn more about the building services, structural systems, and construction and design process.

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2016
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

This research looks into developing, applying and analyzing a new impact assessment methodology for community-based district energy systems in consort with developing and running airborne pollutant dispersion, population exposure and life cycle modeling scenarios with the consultation of UBC’s Engineers at the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF).

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2018
Olga Petrov

The biomass cogeneration system of the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) consists of fuelling the cogeneration engine with conditioned syngas in place of natural gas.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The biomass heat generation system in the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) uses wood waste from wood manufacturing and municipal trimmings as a renewable source of biomass.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF), located at the UBC Vancouver campus, is an energy generation facility that processes renewable biomass sourced from urban wood waste to generate thermal energy for heating campus buildings. BRDF is a signature Campus as a Living Lab project, integrating UBC’s core academic mandate of research and teaching with a campus energy supply system.

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2018
UBC Sustainability

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2019
UBC Campus + Community Planning

As part of a tall wood building research program with the UBC Sustainability Initiative and Dept. of Civil Engineering, a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) study was done of two student high-rise residential buildings, based on the result of whole building LCA done by Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and whole building LCC done by Sensible Building Science.

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2018

Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of the tallest mass timber hybrid structures of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys in height.

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2017
naturally:wood

The CIRS building was designed to push the envelope of sustainable performance in both environmental and human terms by providing net positive benefits to both its surroundings and its inhabitants.

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2012
UBC Sustainability Initiative

Cycling causes virtually no environmental damage, promotes health through physical activity, takes up little space and is economical, both in direct user costs and public infrastructure costs. In short, cycling is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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2019
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This project pilots the National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP) in the City of New Westminster and investigates its impact on growing and developing important synergies between businesses. Based on the results, it recommends that the City should consider continuing to support NISP Canada, given the strong alignment between the NISP model and the City of New Westminster policy goals, strategies and action items, as well as foster greater collaboration with municipalities for a regional circular economy.

Partner: City of New Westminster
Keywords: Industrial Ecology, Industrial Symbiosis, Citizen Engagement, Adaptive Economy

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2018
Hannah MacDonald

Considering the alarming health and economic burden caused by sugar sweetened beverage consumption, one of the goals of UBC Wellbeing is to increase tap water consumption and decrease sugary beverage consumption among UBC Community members. The objective of this project was to engage the UBC community of staff, students and faculty in developing an evidence-informed strategy to promote water consumption and reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages on campus to be rolled out in the summer of 2018. Feedback from the UBC community was obtained through an online survey and a series of engagement meetings.

Partner: UBC Wellbeing
Keywords: social sustainability, food systems

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2018
Sara Kozicky

The following study compiles the UBC's accomplishments and challenges in terms of energy infrastructure, and shows UBC’s ability to use the campus as a test bed to demonstrate innovative sustainability solutions. This study covers a period of twenty years, from 1997 when the first Sustainability Office was created to the present day, when the Vancouver campus has become an example of sustainability, aggressive Green House Gas (GHG) reduction targets and innovative energy production systems.

Partner: UBC Sustainability Initiative
Keywords: green buildings, sustainability in education

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2018
Charles Lankester

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