Sustainability Stories

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

As organizations undergo increasing scrutiny for their impact on the environment and the community, sustainability has become a key factor in corporate decision-making and performance measurement. An Accenture-UN Global Compact survey of CEOs found that 97 per cent of CEOs view sustainability as...
Compared to devices that pull carbon from the air, zero-emission vehicles and bargain basement solar panels, zoning policy may not be the most Elon Musk-inspired tool in the fight against climate change.    But forcing builders to adhere to energy efficiency policies in exchange for a...
Canada’s ability to meet its Paris commitments remains uncertain, reported the independent Climate Action Tracker (CAT) Project. At COP 21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference, Canada committed to reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, or 523 MtCO2e. Even...
Corporate Knights released its fourth annual Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders in Canada list, ranking the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a top higher education institution and second overall amongst nominees from both public and private sectors. Future 40 Responsible...
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...

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