Sustainability Stories

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

The spectacular collapse of Canada’s Atlantic cod fishery in 1992 shone a public spotlight on a long-simmering academic debate: were political decisions about fisheries management policies encouraging the overexploitation of fish stocks? More than a simple conservation issue, the demise of Canada’...
In 2002, the Canadian government ratified the Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty that required Canada to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by the 2008 to 2012 commitment period. But while the Canadian public lauded the action, Canadian federal...
Communities around the world are confronting unique challenges to sustain their local environment, culture and identity in the face of climate change. From B.C.’s coastal communities to Arctic gateway cities in the north, UBC sociology professor Ralph Matthews is leading teams of researchers in...
Bodies of water drying up in the African Sahara. Glaciers melting in the Arctic. Violent hurricanes wreaking havoc off the Atlantic coast. While these catastrophic international events have captured the public’s attention on climate change, UBC’s Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP...
Join our lively discussions to examine the pros and cons of the tremendous attention around this issue, explore climate change solutions beyond carbon, and learn how YOU can become an agent of transformation through your lifestyle, career and political voice. A sneak peek of what will be discussed...
In the high-altitude ridges of Costa Rica, the Golden Toad existed peacefully for centuries. Although only two inches long, its brilliant,bright yellow exterior made it an arresting presence in the cloudcovered tropical forests about 30 km above the city of Monteverde. Its exceptional skin was so...
CONS 451 (Integrated Field School) is a course like no other in Canada. It is truly transdisciplinary involving the integration and application of the natural and social sciences.  In this 15-credit capstone course, students use their undergraduate experience to address...

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