Sustainability Stories

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

On Monday, September 27, 2010, over 325 UBC students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the symposium Our Campus as a Living Lab, hosted by the UBC Sustainability Initiative.  Through lively presentations, panels and discussions, the participants explored the concept and...
UBC has a mandate to demonstrate leadership in sustainability; this year, we’ve made a commitment to our community to achieve aggressive GHG carbon reduction targets. Further, UBC is a public institution, which must comply with Provincial legislation to become carbon neutral. One solution is to...
Developed at UBC in 1999, the Sustainability Coordinator (SC) Program engages employees at UBC’s Vancouver, Robson Square and Teaching Hospital sites, providing them with the support, awareness, skills and tools needed to foster sustainability in their own department. Melissa Ashman, SC for the...
On Wednesday, June 23, over two thousand people filled the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the City of Vancouver and UBC-sponsored Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver: Walk the Talk Green Your City. Thirteen local speakers, including UBC’s Prof. John Robinson, Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability...
UBC Master’s candidate Tegan Adams is one of 10 UBC graduate students who are spending their summer as interns within the City of Vancouver’s sustainability office. The group, called the Greenest City Action Team scholars, hail from a variety of disciplines including architecture, engineering and...
UBC is bridging the gap between sustainability theory and practice through a course aimed at engaging third and fourth-year students in real-life campus operations. Applied Sustainability: UBC as a Living Laboratory (APSC 364) will start in January 2011 and will be open to students from the...
The University of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner together to advance both the City’s and UBC’s aggressive sustainability and climate action goals. Mayor Gregor Robertson and UBC President Stephen Toope signed the agreement at...
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...

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