UBC, in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) and supported by BC Hydro, has developed a Community Energy and Emissions Plan. The plan sets ambitious targets to reduce in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use in UBC Vancouver’s residential neighbourhoods.
The growth and expansion UBC has experienced creates a number of sustainability challenges, such as increased energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Since UBC’s population is expected to continue growing to approximately 24,000 residents by 2041, the Community Energy and Emissions Plan was developed as a comprehensive framework to address these issues.
In 2011, UBC and the University Neighbourhoods Association signed a Letter of Agreement to partner in the development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan for the UBC residential communities. These neighbourhoods include Chancellor Place, East Campus, Hampton Park, Hawthorn Place, and Wesbrook Village, and are home to a variety of residents in both rental and market housing.
UBC’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan for residential neighbourhoods was developed in consultation with community members who contributed ideas and recommendations in areas such as:
- Community energy and emissions vision, goals, and targets
- Community decision-making criteria
- Strategies to reduce energy use and emissions, to re-use waste resources, and to identify renewable energy sources
- Strategies for sustainable transportation
The Community Energy and Emissions Plan for UBC’s residential neighbourhoods identifies an energy and emissions reduction strategy that will result in an 85% reduction in GHG emissions and a 36% reduction in electricity use by 2050.
Key recommendations include:
- Establishing a low-carbon Neighbourhood District Energy System (NDES) that will capture waste heat from the TRIUMF advanced physics facility, with a bio-energy facility to be added in 2040
- Improving energy performance measures through the UBC Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP)
- Implementing a retro-fit program for existing buildings
- Establishing a rapid transit link to campus
- Enhancing waste reduction programs
Implementation of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan for UBC’s residential neighbourhoods is the responsibility of the UBC Community Energy Manager (CEM) a position, co-funded by BC Hydro. The current work plan (2017-2018) is focused on developing updated energy targets for new buildings, developing programs for existing buildings, and supporting the UNA in developing engagement programs for residents and building owners.
The 2016-2020 UBC Climate Action Plan (CAP) covers implementation of CEEP recommendations for student residences.
For questions or more information please contact Ralph Wells, Community Energy Manager
Tel: 604 827 1838