2012-2013 Sustainability Fellows


Gregory Dake Gregory Dake, Chemistry  

Greg is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science. His graduate training and research interests are focused on synthetic organic chemistry, with an emphasis on highly selective routes and methods for the construction of complex organic molecules. He has presented courses on the fundamentals of organic chemistry for Chemistry and non-Chemistry undergraduate students, advanced synthetic organic chemistry methods and tactics for Chemistry majors, and the use and application of transition metal catalysis in organic chemistry for Chemistry graduate students. Recently, he has developed a new course for Science students with a general interest in Chemistry relating to the impact of chemistry on society, "Chemistry: Global Challenges" that focuses on the practical developments that Chemistry has brought society with some of the challenges—and solutions—for society in the future. 

Don Krug Don Krug, Faculty of Education  

Don is a Professor in the Faculty of Education and his research is organized around the complex relationships of education (curriculum, pedagogy, cognition, and policy), technologies (emerging media and popular culture and information and communication technology integration); culture (identity, place, aesthetics); communication (language, representation, social networking, simulations, visualization); sustainability (ecologies, economics, societies, and cultures) and social justice (equity, democracy, affirmation and activism). He studies and develops ways to bring these interconnected domains of knowledge into educational settings for pragmatic and critical inquiry by K-12 teachers, students and post-secondary researchers, for example, developing pedagogical communication strategies to identify and study the intertextual meanings of "greenwashing" and how and why nature is sometimes used deceptively to market commercial products as environmentally friendly such as a soft drink machine covered with the image of a rainforest. 

Tara Ivanochko

Tara Ivanochko, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Tara Ivanochko is an Instructor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). Her background research was in paleooceanography with a focus on changes in the Indian monsoon over the last 100,000 years and the global interconnections of the climate system over this time scale. She is currently Director of the Environmental Science program and teaching the three core courses in this program. These classes are designed to follow and build on one another to develop an integrated systems thinking approach to environmental science and to give the students a solid background in conducting science research. Tara is also involved in developing sustainability education and community service learning opportunities in the Faculty of Science and EOAS. 


Peter Nemetz Peter N. Nemetz, Sauder School of Business  

Peter is a Professor of Strategy and Business Economics at the Sauder School of Business.  He received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UBC, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.  His principal area of research has been in the allied fields of natural resource and environmental economics and sustainability, supplemented with research in the area of epidemiology through an ongoing research appointment in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN since 1986.  From 2006 to 2012, he served as coordinator of Sauder’s MBA specialization in sustainability and business, a program that he helped develop and implement, andhe  has been actively involved in developing and teaching in the Undergraduate Concentration in sustainability and business. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Administration from 1978 to 2004, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Business Education.  He has been Program Chair of The Vancouver Institute from 1987 to date and has been a consultant to government and several corporations in the areas of energy policy, natural disasters and risk analysis.  He has published numerous works in the area of sustainability, including: Bringing Business On Board: Sustainable Development and the B-School Curriculum, co-sponsored by the National Round Table for the Environment and the Economy, 2002 [Distributed by UBC Press]; Sustainable Resource Management: Reality or Illusion? Edward Elgar, 2007; and Business and the Sustainability Challenge: An Integrated Approach, Routledge, forthcoming March 2013.


Andrew Riseman, Land and Food Systems   

Andrew is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, with a strong interest in student-centered, active pedagogies and in developing learning objects and technologies that help create enhanced learning environments. Andrew’s research focuses on breeding of crops for sustainable production systems and helping to create more sustainable food systems integrated with attractive and livable communities. Andrew is also the USI-UBC Farm Liaison, the Academic Director for Centre for Sustainable Food Systems-UBC Farm, a researcher at the UBC Botanical Garden, and an Associate Member in the Department of Botany.

Alejandro Rojas Alejandro Rojas, Land and Food SystemsAlejandro is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems within the Food and Environment/Applied Biology Program and  was one of the two founders of  the Graduate Program in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems. He holds a PhD in Sociology and conducted postdoctoral research in Ecological Anthropology on sustainable rural communities in Latin America. He is the Principal Investigator of Think & EatGreen @ School, a community-based action research project housed at UBC  supported by SSHRCC (2010-15), involving 30 co-investigators from the university, public schools, the food, public health and environment communities, promoting change in what students eat, learn, and do at elementary and high schools in relation to food, health, the environment, and sustainability. Alejandro was also the Principal Investigator on two projects on t food  security and sustainability in the city of Vancouver (2000-2008) and at UBC campus, the UBC Food System Project (2002-2009). He was a Co-investigator on a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s International Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change (2004-2009) and was a member of the leading team of a Canadian-Chilean project about Vulnerability and Adaptation in Rural Communities to Climate Change and Water Scarcity (2004-2009). Alejandro led a 4-year Chilean-Canadian research project on Adaptive Environmental Conflict Resolution. He was also an Associate Researcher with a CIDA Tier 1 project on Eco-system Approach to Health inn Ecuador involving teams from UBC and three public universities from Ecuador His greatest academic greatest passion is sustainability education. He is originally from Chile