The Sustainability Teaching Resource Library contains around 100 reports, toolkits, multimedia and more, to support faculty creating and updating teaching materials. Curated and maintained by the Sustainability Hub to advance sustainability teaching and learning at UBC.

The “Embodied Carbon of Buildings: International Policy Review” report is an overview of current global policies and technical resources to measure and reduce embodied carbon emissions from buildings and construction materials. 

This report was commissioned by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. to better understand the range of approaches taken by leading countries to addressing these embodied emissions and the strategies that could be implemented in Canada. The information is based on a review of leading policy and programs across 15 countries around the world.

Partners:
  • Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (funder)
  • SCIUS Advisory (contributor - Helen Goodland from SCIUS reviewed the work)
UBC Student Research Assistants:
  • Nicole Balles, UBC Civil Engineering
  • Simarjeet Nagpal, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Mohini Singh, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Shiyao Zhu, UBC Faculty of Forestry

Keywords: embodied carbon, GHG emissions, policy

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2024
Angelique Pilon, Megan Badri & Kah Mun Wan

The program allows for the formation of a learning community around a shared understanding of the ways in which climate change impacts us as a global community. Each week, participants are challenged with the hard questions around these topics and are able to bring both the ideas and innovative learning practices directly into their classrooms. Students are then able to see the global interconnectedness and understand complex concepts through comparative analysis of the effects, impacts, and resulting realities within their local communities. 

2024
Climate Action Exchange

Sustainability in teaching and learning (STL) is the deliberate construction of learning experiences, across disciplines, so that graduates can demonstrate proficiency in competencies for sustainable development.

Sustainability in teaching and learning includes:

1. Course outcomes that focus on the development of such competencies.
2. Instructional strategies that provide opportunity for students to practice and get feedback 
3. Assessment that directly measures student skill level in the competencies.  

All are required to support students in reliably developing these competencies by the completion of an undergraduate degree at USask.

2024
University of Saskatchewan

The Toolkit will enable the pan-university interdisciplinary infusion of the SDGs into classrooms at York University which will reinforce the commitment to make positive change for students, campuses, and our local and global communities. Using the SDGs as a pedagogical framework for the student learning experience strengthens its application to education, links purpose with impact, and encourages students to take the first step to right the future. Every program and faculty member will be able to identify how their classrooms can welcome an SDG discussion, activity, or lesson.

2024
York University

Climate Solutions 101 is the world’s first major educational effort focused solely on solutions. Rather than rehashing well-known climate challenges, Project Drawdown centers game-changing climate action based on its own rigorous scientific research and analysis. This course, presented in video units and in-depth conversations, combines Project Drawdown’s trusted resources with the expertise of several inspiring voices from around the world. Climate solutions become attainable with increased access to free, science-based educational resources, elevated public discourse, and tangible examples of real-world action. Continue your climate solutions journey, today.

2024
Project Drawdown

A campaign that advocates for better representation and awareness of the climate crisis in every department's curriculum.

2024
Oxford Climate Society

The Toolkit consists of a starter guide for teaching climate and environmental justice resources for studentsclimate justice data sets, and 12 adaptable teaching modules. In each module, there are learning objectives and an agenda, foundational resources (like videos or readings), lecture material and notes, and project and assignment options.

2024
MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

This guide was created to explain the purpose, importance, and goals behind the creation of this digital resource on environmental education, as well as to support educators as they use this resource with their students. The focus is K to 12 audiences.

Why create a digital learning resource on environmental racism? If you were to browse through the current curriculum in BC you would find mentions of environmental racism to be non-existent in elementary school and few and far between in high school. Additionally, resources for educators and learners on the topic of environmental racism are extremely hard to find and lack content and context in relation to British Columbia. This hints toward the fact that many adults and children alike may be unaware of the prevalence of environmental racism at work in their own province and country. In fact, they may not even be able to explain the concept of environmental racism. This is a sign of the failure of our current curriculum to address the inequity, discrimination, and oppression still very much at work in our country today. As such, we decided to take on this important concept in an effort to provide a contextualized look at environmental racism, what it means, who it affects, and how we as educators and learners alike can move forward toward the end goal of an environmentally just society.

 

2024
Carina Losito & Cody Peters

OpenLearn and its associated products attract around 13 million visitors each year from around the world. Whether it’s a two-minute exploration or a 24-hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn for free.
OpenLearn allows you to learn for free, at any time.

Keywords: Education
Link to Resource: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

Course Activities & Assignments
The Open University

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Keywords: Education
Link to Resource: https://oyc.yale.edu/

Course Activities & Assignments
Yale University

The purpose of this speaker series is to acknowledge the commitment that every individual and our organizations have to inclusivity and to addressing systemic racism. With a focus on anti-indigenous, anti-black, and anti-people-of-colour (IBPOC) racism, this series seeks to identify the responsibility educators have to facilitating and supporting anti-racist approaches and strategies within their practice to enhance and transform learning environments and learning cultures. Presenters have been asked to focus on education, racism, and anti-racism in our digital age.
Keywords: Systemic racism
Link to Resource: https://met.ubc.ca/speaker-series/

Web-based Resources
Master of Educational Technology - UBC

A glossary of terms covers various social, cultural, and systemic concepts related to identity, power dynamics, social justice, agriculture, oppression, and more.

Keywords: Social Identity and Justice, Food Systems and Agriculture, Colonialism and Indigenous Rights
Link to Resource: https://justfood.landfood.ubc.ca/glossary-of-terms/

Web-based Resources
Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, UBC

The SDG Academy is the premier source of high-quality resources and guidance on education for the SDGs, with the mandate to enrich the field of sustainable development and advance Agenda 2030

Keywords: SDGs, Courses, Special Issue Journals
Link to Resource: https://sdgacademy.org/

Web-based Resources
SDG Academy

Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Keywords: Health, Environmental Justice, Medical Waste
Link to Resource: https://noharm.org/ 

Web-based Resources
Health Care Without Harm

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) aims to help private and public sectors prioritize climate adaptation, ultimately lowering risk and enhancing readiness. With knowledge from ND-GAIN, leaders can gauge countries and cities based upon critical environmental, economic and social sectors.

Keywords: Climate Adaptation, Public Policy, Urban Development
Link to Resource: https://gain.nd.edu/ 

Web-based Resources
University of Notre Dame

Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) is a global student health professional-led initiative housed at the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) that aims to provide free, publicly accessible, evidence-based resources to accelerate the  incorporation of climate change and planetary health information into educational curricula.
Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) is a global student health professional-led initiative housed at the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) that aims to provide free, publicly accessible, evidence-based resources to accelerate the  incorporation of climate change and planetary health information into educational curricula. Building on cutting edge science, these resources provide the rapid translation of our best science into health practice.

Keywords: Health, Climate Change, Education
Link to Resource: https://climatehealthed.org/

Web-based Resources
Climate Resources for Health Education

This global open-access platform was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to serve as a technical reference point for users of interdisciplinary health, environmental and climate science. ClimaHealth's goal is to facilitate access to actionable knowledge in order to protect populations from the health risks of climate change and other environmental hazards.  

Keywords: Health, Climate Change, Public Policy
Link to Resource: https://climahealth.info/

Web-based Resources
WHO & WMO

This Teaching Tools post offers readings and three in-class exercises that ask students to examine not only the cradle-to-grave processual aspects of making and discarding electronic objects, but also the meanings that these objects carry with them as they travel with us through our lives. This electronic life history approach is related to, but distinct from a life cycle assessment approach, which is used to examine environmental impacts of industrial activities from resource extraction through manufacturing to the use and discard of goods.

Keywords: Electronics, Waste, Anthropology
Link to Resource: https://culanth.org/fieldsights/teaching-electronic-life-histories

Web-based Resources
2018
Society For Culural Anthropology

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