Sustainability Stories

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

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...
Earlier this year, Campus and Community Planning launched Beautify My Bike Cage, a mural contest designed to animate an underutilized space and celebrate cycling culture on campus. There are several potential locations for this contest series, with the first site being the Bike cage...
Last week, Canada's House of Commons voted to ratify the Paris climate change agreement, alongside the European Union and several other countries. The agreement will enter into force on Nov. 4. But amid all the abstract talk about international agreements, carbon pricing and emissions targets,...
A national carbon tax can take a big bite out of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, but it can’t do it alone. That’s one of the messages carbon tax experts are relaying after the Trudeau government announced its sweeping plan to put a price on carbon earlier this month. The Liberals aim to bring...

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