Sustainability Stories

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

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...
Cities are increasingly gaining recognition as sites of innovation and global leadership. Part of this increase in notoriety and importance stems from the fact that more people live in cities than at any other time in the past. Global economic restructuring since the 1970s, the spread of...
With low interest rates and smaller funds for grants, foundations are looking for another way to increase their impact. Business ethics expert Christie Stephenson has noted in the last five years a significant increase in foundations redirecting their endowments from traditional investments to...
Vancouver wants to be the greenest city in the world. But it's also one of the least affordable cities in the world, with the price of an average detached home sitting at about $1.5 million. And this raises an important question: how sustainable can a city be if large sectors of the population can...
The Montreal Protocol that banned ozone-damaging gases from aerosols, hair spray and air conditioners was one of the modern environmental movement’s great victories. Ratified by every country in the United Nations, the 1987 protocol outlawed ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and was...

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