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. Earth Day is April 22nd, 2018. Learn more about what you can do to celebrate.

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 End Plastic Pollution and, in Canada, Earth Day Canada theme is Consume Less and Play More.


UBC Earth Day Events


  • Recycling Trivia Workshop
    Friday, April 20, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | CIRS

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  • UBC Botanical Gardens: Earth Day Bird Tour
    April 22, 2018 | 8:00 to 9:30 AM | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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  • UBC Botanical Gardens: Earth Day Grow Green Guide Tour
    April 22, 2018 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM | 1:00 to 2:30 PM

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  • Green Building Tour with Penny Martyn
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Meet at CIRS

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  • UBC Farm Spring Pop Up Market
    April 21, May 5, May 19 | 10am-12pm | UBC Farm

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  • Lunch Hour Cycling Workshop
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | CIRS Policy Labs

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Wasted. A Video Series.

Food. Energy. Water. Waste.

Our globalized world is extremely complex and the reality is most of us do not know where the essential things we use everyday come from, and where they go when disposed of. This was the inspiration for this student-made film series. We wanted to make more UBC students aware of the origins of the resources they are using and to inspire individuals to make the most of their actions. Learn about water, electricity, food and waste and let’s stop our resources from getting wasted. Watch the trailer for "Wasted. A Video Series." below and the rest of the series here


Perspectives on Earth Day


  • UBC Women's Volleyball Team Integrates Sport with Sustainability

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  • Learning Holistically about Sustainability

    Kai Chan, PhD
    Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

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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 #earthday2018.

  • Earth Day Celebration by Living Future Vancouver Collaborative
    April 19, 2018 | 4:00 to 9:00pm

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  • Film Screening: Unsettling Environmental Review
    April 18, 2018 | 12:30pm | Liu Institute for Global Issues

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  • Vancouver Earth Day Parade
    April 21, 2018 | 1:00pm

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  • Earth Day Celebration at Everett Crowley Park
    April 21, 2018 | 11:00am to 3pm 

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  • Earth Day Celebration at Stanley Park
    April 21, 2018 | 12 to 4pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon

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  • Wreck Beach Earth Day Cleanup
    April 21, 2018 | 11am to 1pm

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  • UNA Earth Day Celebration
    April 22, 2018 | 11:00am to 12:30pm | 1:00 to 2:30pm 
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Explore Sustainability at UBC


  • 2016-2017 Annual Sustainability Report

    Explore our achievements.

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  • 2020 Update to the Climate Action Plan

    UBC launched the Climate Action Plan 2020 Update to address the next phase of bold greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and continue our climate leadership. 

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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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