The weather outside is cooling down, which means UBC’s heating energy and associated climate impact will increase.


UBC is slightly reducing the temperature in campus buildings this winter to conserve energy and reduce our carbon emissions to help mitigate climate change. 

UBC’s Cool Campus Pledge asks participants to stay comfortable by: 

  • Wearing a sweater
  • Closing your windows

These simple actions add up and can significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Take the UBC Cool Campus Pledge now and commit to reducing your carbon footprint.

Take the pledge



As recognition that taking action requires a commitment and should be celebrated, all participants will have the chance to win one of many $200 UBC Bookstore Gift Cards!



Do you want to make a difference in your residence community? Volunteer as a Sustainability Champion and help educate residents about sustainability during our Cool Campus campaign this fall.




What is the UBC Cool Campus Challenge?

As the weather outside changes, so will the temperatures within our buildings on campus. In order to reduce our carbon and green house gas impact, UBC campus community will be layering up with sweaters and clothing, closing windows, and signing a pledge to reduce our carbon and energy consumption impact on campus. Read more about the challenge on our blog.

Who is participating in the UBC Cool Campus Challenge?

This is a campus-wide campaign. The entire UBC community - students, students living in residence, faculty, and staff - is challenged to take the pledge. 

Why is UBC participating in this challenge?

We aim to use this challenge to start a conversation on energy dependency and resiliency. 90% of UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions come from burning natural gas for heating campus buildings and hot water. How can we engage in energy-saving practices in addition to seeking renewable and lower-carbon energy resources? Let's take this opportunity to discuss it.

Why are these actions being encouraged?

Simple actions like turning down the heat, wearing warmer clothing, taking shorter showers, and washing clothes in cold water all help to reduce natural gas use.

Why is turning down the heat important?

90% of the greenhouse gas consumed on campus comes from burning natural gas for heating buildings.  A slight reduction in campus heating can have a significant effect; equivalent to eliminating the carbon emissions from 200 fossil fuel powered cars (1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions). By turning down the heat slightly we can save energy and reduce both costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

What is UBC doing to save natural gas?

UBC works with building operators and facility managers across the campus to turn down the temperature slightly in buildings where feasible to conserve natural gas. As the winter heating season approaches its peak demand, this will also help to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions.Learn more.

What can I do if my building is too hot or too cold?

To prepare for slightly lower temperatures in buildings, please dress appropriately and wear warm layers as needed.

Can I plug in an electric space heater?

Space heaters consume significant amounts of additional energy and can also trip electrical breakers, resulting in operational issues that may affect other spaces in your building. Learn more.

We encourage campus community members to wear layers and dress appropriately instead of plugging in space heaters.

How is UBC going to be more energy resilient in the future?

UBC has already invested in renewable energy with the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (BRDF) which has helped to significantly reduce our GHG emissions and provided some resiliency against natural gas shortage.

We're planning an expansion to the BRDF as part of our UBC Climate Action Plan that will further increase resilience and decrease UBC’s GHG emissions.

Where can I learn more about UBC’s climate and energy conservation initiatives?

To learn more, visit our Climate Action Plan and Energy & Water Services websites.