Celebrate Earth Day 2017

Earth. Radius of 6,371 kilometers. Population of over 7 billion. Third planet from the sun. Largest terrestrial planet in our solar system. Home. This April, join us as we celebrate Earth Day.

As a university, we generate knowledge and help explore and demonstrate how we can go beyond just reducing damage and harm and towards improving human and environmental wellbeing - how we can leave Earth a better place.

For Earth Day, we engaged students, faculty and staff to find out about their efforts to help improve human and environmental wellbeing on campus and beyond.

This year's Earth Day Network theme is Environmental Climate Literacy and, in Canada, Earth Day Canada theme is Earth Play.


UBC Earth Day Events


  • UBC's Climate Action Plan: What's next?
    April 19, 2017 12:00 to 1:00 PM | CIRS

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  • Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility Tours
    April 20, 2017 11:45AM | 12:30PM

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  • Play the Climate Change Game: Live Demo & Research Talk
    April 24, 2017 12:00 to 1:00 PM

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Perspectives on Earth Day


  • Optimizing Behaviour Change

    Jiaying Zhao, PhD
    Department of Psychology

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  • Children Who Play Outside More Likely to Protect Nature as Adults

    Catherine Broom, PhD
    Faculty of Education

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  • Learning Holistically about Sustainability

    Kai Chan, PhD
    Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

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  • Fostering a Climate of Change

    Tara Ivanochko, PhD
    Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

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    Advancing Climate Action

    Bud Fraser, Senior Planning and Sustainability Engineer
    Campus and Community Planning

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    Showcasing Biodiversity
    Campus and Community Planning

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Other Earth Day Opportunities & Events

Explore local and global celebrations of Earth Day and ways to get involved via the Earth Day Network, including @EarthDayNetwork, @EarthDayCanada and via #earthday2017.

  • UBC Farm Workshop: Cob Plastering - Mudgirls
    April 22, 2017 9:00 to 12:00 PM

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  • UBC Botanical Gardens: Earth Day Tea & Tours
    April 22, 2017 11:00 to 3:00 PM

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  • AMS Student Nest: Wild About Vancouver's "Let Them Eat Dirt" Discussion with Dr. B Brett Finlay
    April 24, 2017 6:30 to 7:30PM

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  • Wesbrook Community Centre: Launch of Education & Woodward Seed Lending Libraries
    April 22, 2017 2:00 to 4:00 PM

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  • Vancouver Earth Day Parade
    April 22, 2017 1:00 PM

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  • UBC Beach Walk Adventure
    April 25, 2017 11:30 to 1:00PM

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Grow Your Knowledge

Beyond our operational sustainability efforts, our faculty and students continue to make contributions towards furthering our understanding of how climate change impacts the wellbeing of people and the planet.

Starting May 9, 2017, learn about the basics of climate science through UBC's free EdX course. Learn how to better understand the news, evaluate scientific evidence, and explain global warming to anyone.



Explore Sustainability at UBC

  • 2015-2016 Annual Sustainability Report

    Explore our achievements.

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  • Our Vision: Strategies and Plans for the Future

    We are planning for the future. Find out how.

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