Sustainability Stories

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

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...
Climate: 66. Oil: 47. While far from an exhaustive analysis, a quick word search reveals a bit about the priorities in Justin Trudeau’s latest budget, released March 22 to mixed reviews from environmentalists.  The fiscal plan aims to put Canada on the path to a low carbon economy, while at...
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order he said would end “the war on coal.” The order launches a review of the Clean Power Plan, which limits greenhouse-gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. It also lifts a moratorium on new federal coal leases, and nixes requirements...
For the first time in Canada, a University of British Columbia engineer has found a way to use Wi-Fi to determine the number of building occupants and adjust ventilation accordingly – saving energy without sacrificing air quality. “Every day, thousands of smartphones, laptops and tablets connect...
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...

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