Sustainability Stories

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

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...
For years, Vancouver planners have warned that the city must do more to prepare for the effects of climate change. With sea levels set to rise nearly a metre by 2100, Vancouver will need to develop strategies and infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of floods, and water storage plans to allow...
Earlier this month, the B.C. government announced it would extend its Clean Energy Vehicle program, originally launched in 2011. The provincial government has infused another $40 million into the program, which lets consumers save $5,000 on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles, and $6,000...
For some First Nation communities in the province, clean energy projects might be the ideal blend of economic development and environmental stewardship. Earlier this month, the B.C. government added $2.1 million to the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund. Since 2010, the fund has provided...
Green bonds may be a way to finance climate change solutions, but some may not be as ‘green’ as they look. Director of the Sauder School of Business Prediction Markets at UBC, Dr. Werner Antweiler cautioned in a phone interview that green bonds now offered by corporations “may, in some cases,...
On the corner of East Hastings and Skeena Street in Vancouver, Canada’s largest Passive House is under construction. The Heights, an apartment complex due to be finished later this year, aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Vancouver. Passive houses are built according to an international...
Canada added just over 700 megawatts of new wind energy to grids across the country last year, but B.C. was largely out of the picture. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) 2016 market report released late last month, 21 wind projects spread between Ontario, Quebec and Nova...

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