Sustainability Stories

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

Want to recycle or compost more? Try moving the bins closer, new UBC research suggests. The study shows that placing bins 1.5 metres away from suite doors drastically boosts recycling and composting rates by 141 per cent. The findings highlight how small changes in convenience can have a...
The world’s rural population is expected to peak by 2020, with up to 80 per cent of inhabitants around the world, or a projected 7.2 billion people, living in cities by mid-century, according to the U.N. That’s also the year a seemingly unrelated phenomenon will come of age. Smart Cities, the...
Like a popular Netflix series or the Stanley Cup post-1993, Google’s Project Sunroof has yet to make it to Canada. The service, launched in 2015, uses the search engine’s robust maps system to determine a given home’s solar potential—including costs and potential savings from switching over to sun...
It sounds like something out of science fiction—software that counts the number of people in a room and reacts in real time. But this is no futuristic idea. Stefan Storey, an engineer at the University of British Columbia, has developed technology that can count the number of wireless devices in a...
  The UBC Sustainability Inititaive caught up with Kai Chan, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, to learn more about the inspiration behind developing ENVR 430: Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability, and how he sees UBC students benefiting from its content....
  Research by Catherine Broom, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan, shows that 87 per cent of study respondents who played outside as children expressed a continued love of nature as young adults. Of that group, 84 per cent said taking care of the...
While many criticized the Liberal government for punting a proposed $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund—which Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced as part of the 2017 budget—to 2019, some commentators have seen the move as a positive step that views real climate action as slow-boiling and bottom...

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