Sustainability Stories

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

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...
Looking at a hydrological map of Canada, it’s hard to imagine how a country with so much water might face a water “crisis.” But academics are warning Canadians not to be complacent about their water supply. In a her recently published book Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and...
Donald Trump’s successful election campaign has set the world abuzz, and led to questions about the effect he will have on the economy. Trump was openly critical of the Federal government’s stance on climate policy, its commitment to the Paris Accord, and, presumably, the bilateral agreement...
Nearly one quarter of British Columbia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the built environment, including buildings, deforestation, and waste. That figure is higher in urban centres. According to one estimate, energy use in buildings in Vancouver accounts for 55 per cent of the city’s emissions...
Metro Vancouver’s hot real estate market has many young people wondering whether they have a future in a region where home ownership is increasingly unattainable; but skyrocketing housing prices also threaten to drive out the reason Vancouver was built in the first place.   Metro...

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