Sustainability Stories

To learn more about sustainability hubs at UBC, explore this archive of featured stories.

Green buildings bring the sought-after pairing of environmental benefit and short-term financial gain, according to an article by energy-efficiency experts. Organizations such as the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) state that retrofitting old buildings and constructing green buildings...
It could be the coming battle royale for the future of the automotive sector: EVs or fuel cells? Both technologies have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, but it remains to be seen whether one has the long-term edge over the other. Late last month, researchers at the University of Texas at...
Vancouver endured its longest cold snap in more than 30 years this winter, with heavy snowfall and temperatures that stayed below 5 C for weeks. The city’s plight may have attracted ridicule from the rest of Canada, where snow and freezing temperatures are hardly something to bat an eye at. But...
Cities play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, but directly measuring emissions remains a challenge. In a paper published today in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, UBC researchers share a novel method they developed to map carbon dioxide emissions— the...
The move to a low-carbon economy will be “a major structural shift for the global and Canadian economies,” according to a senior Bank of Canada official, but the Canadian economy is resilient. Timothy Lane made the remarks during a speech in Montreal on March 2. He argued that carbon pricing is a...
When International Day of Forests rolls around this year, B.C. better get its forests a nice present. Or at least a card. That’s because B.C. forests are being asked to do much of the heavy lifting in British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Plan, the sprawling document released last August aimed at...

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