Sustainability Stories

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

On the corner of East Hastings and Skeena Street in Vancouver, Canada’s largest Passive House is under construction. The Heights, an apartment complex due to be finished later this year, aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Vancouver. Passive houses are built according to an international...
Canada added just over 700 megawatts of new wind energy to grids across the country last year, but B.C. was largely out of the picture. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) 2016 market report released late last month, 21 wind projects spread between Ontario, Quebec and Nova...
UBC's SEEDS Sustainability program has recently been featured by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) as a case study in their 2017 best practices report. SEEDS was chosen as one of 30 cases to serve as inspiration and demonstrate an action-orientated approach to educating...
Global investment in renewables is one of the essential elements of any plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Since the Stern Report in 2006, which recommended significant increases in R&D and capital investment in renewables, a number of organizations, including Bloomberg and the...
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...

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