Sustainability Stories

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

Like the vibrant natural environment that surrounds UBC, each building on campus has a life cycle of its own, and a unique study is underway to understand the creation of University buildings and measure their environmental impact. Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (CIVL 498C) has been running...
Buying into the Future FairHosted by UBC Supply Management and the Campus Sustainability OfficeApril 8, 2010, 12pm – 1:30pmLiu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room (6476 NW Marine Drive) A lunch time event and mini-trade show to promote the launch of the UBC Sustainable Purchasing...
Buying into the Future FairHosted by UBC Supply Management and Campus SustainabilityApril 8, 2010, 12pm – 1:30pmLiu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room (6476 NW Marine Drive) A lunch time event and mini-trade show to promote the launch of the UBC Sustainable Purchasing Guide, 2nd...
On March 24, 2010, UBC President Stephen Toope announced aggressive new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets for UBC’s Vancouver campus. Toope made the announcement to delegates at the GLOBE 2010 conference in Vancouver, one of the world’s largest environmental conferences. UBC has already met...
Earth Hour is set to happen March 27, 2010 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m local time. Close to a billion people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to demand action on climate change. Show your support for Earth Hour 2010 by helping UBC power down this weekend. You can participate by:...
A first-of-its-kind bioenergy project at UBC will generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes, reduce the university’s natural gas consumption by up to12 per cent and eliminate up to 4,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year – the equivalent of taking 1,100 cars off the road....
UBC is breaking new ground in sustainability – both figuratively and literally. On January 27, President Stephen Toope announced the creation of an ambitious sustainability initiative at  UBC’s Vancouver campus that will promote and unite sustainability efforts in teaching and learning,...
“Sustainability is about what kind of world we want to live in,” says UBC’s John Robinson. If so, then the ambitious project he’s leading – the development of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) – should provide some valuable inspiration. The $37-million building will be...
There’s an air of excitement at UBC as the campus community prepares to welcome athletes and spectators during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and showcase its commitment to sustainability. As an Olympic competition venue, the UBC Thunderbird Arena (also known as the Doug...
Living in beautiful places like Boulder, Colorado and Vancouver has been a priority for Jeff Giffin. Helping to ensure the planet’s beautiful places via wise energy is a priority for his future. One of 25 students currently enrolled in the new Master of Clean Energy Engineering program at UBC,...

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