Sustainability Stories

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

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...
UBC Sustainability Initiative Work Learn student, Alex Migdal (a graduate student with the UBC School of Journalism), sat down with Sauder School of Business lecturer Tamar Milne, to discuss the central role sustainability and responsibility play in ensuring organizational...
There’s a move among some universities to take a more active role in improving the health and wellbeing of their students and faculty. Last month, six Canadian universities, including the University of British Columbia, became the first to formally adopt the Okanagan Charter, which challenges post...
Amid the contentious U.S. presidential election this week, a substantial ballot initiative in Washington state went largely unnoticed, putting B.C.’s carbon tax under the microscope. When Washington voters went to the ballot box on Tuesday, they were also asked to weigh in on Initiative 732, a...
More than 190 nations have committed to offsetting emissions from the aviation sector—one of the fastest-growing sources of planet-warming greenhouse gases. But an expert on aviation emissions in British Columbia is skeptical about whether the new United Nations pact will help curb the sector’s...

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