Sustainability Stories

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

Zero-emission vehicle regulations pioneered in California could be Canada’s best shot at curbing emissions from its transportation sector, a new study suggests. Writing in Policy Options, SFU Prof. Jonn Axsen argues that of the 100 or so policies promoting electric vehicles on the books in Canada...
Up to one third of all food produced for humans is spoiled or wasted instead of eaten. That amounts to nearly 1.2 billion tonnes of food every year. And that’s not just because some kids refuse to finish their supper. A 2012 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council estimated that 20 per...
Before UBC staff and faculty left for the winter break, they set up the campus to save big on energy and greenhouse gas emissions. This past December, departments across campus joined together to reduce UBC’s environmental footprint over the winter holiday. By making a series of energy saving...
Donald Trump’s unlikely road to the White House began with a promise to build a wall on the Mexican border. The wall became such a defining feature of the 2016 campaign that it overshadowed another cross-border project many had written off as dead. With Trump set to take office January 20, the...
While Canada’s climate policy is steadily moving in the direction of carbon pricing, policy south of the border is in disarray with the Trump administration taking office this month. Trump’s picks for key positions—namely, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy—suggest...
On January 1, Alberta became the second province in Canada to implement a carbon tax, after British Columbia’s was put in place nearly a decade ago. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has promised that her NDP government will create green jobs, even as the province’s economy sags after the plunge in...
Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau made a major announcement about three pipelines across Canada and approved a replacement line that transports oil east into the United States and the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline that terminates in Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. The reaction from NGOs and...
The number of people turning to food banks to keep meals on the table is growing, raising questions about food security in the province that's home to Canada's most expensive city. More than 103,400 people visited food banks in B.C. in March 2016 alone, according to Food Banks Canada’s annual...

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