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The University of British Columbia has been named Canada’s first “Fair Trade Campus” – and will get its very own blend of ethically sourced coffee – as a result of its national leadership on Fair Trade purchasing. The designation, the result of a collaboration with UBC’s Engineers Without Borders...
A pilot project is studying the feasibility of using worm composting in the New SUB. If it works, food scraps from various restaurants will be turned into compost used to fertilize the rooftop garden—never even leaving the building. “Look at the size of that one! It’s huge, as big as my finger...
The Green Research Challenge is a great opportunity for researchers and lab users to learn more about UBC laboratory solid and hazardous waste programs, water and energy reduction and green purchasing options. Beginning May 2, 2011, teams will collect points over a two-month period by participating...
By Salina Marshall If you build it, they will come. But if you build a green building—one that aims to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient—but people aren’t comfortable living or working in it, you risk falling short of your green goals. That’s why UBC Master of Arts student Julia...
An innovative new project is discovering environmentally friendly ways to keep the campus weed-free. And saving a lot of landscapers from breathing in toxic pesticides or getting bad backs. “This is the control,” explains fourth-year Life Science undergrad Amrit Singh Sidhu, using a wooden ruler to...
UBC Students Elin Tayyar (International Relations/Economics) and Justin Ritchie (Materials Engineering) put together a short video to redefine economic progress including scenes from campus and an interview with SCARP professor Bill Rees for the OECD's 50th Anniversary Video Challenge . The video...
With a lamp shaped like a large light bulb on his desk, a sawdust toilet in the corner, an eclectic art collection on the walls, and shelves full of books, Dr. Kurt Grimm’s office in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UBC reflects the thinking space of a scholar and explorer with big...
Is it feasible for UBC to become entirely self-sufficient for its water needs? How can it work to reduce its waste and stop sending so much discarded material to the landfill? On February 8 and 10, two groups of campus stakeholders got together to discuss enduring solutions to these wide-ranging...
A first-of-its-kind clean energy project that will generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes and reduce the University of British Columbia’s natural gas consumption by up to 12 per cent, received $11.2 million in new federal and provincial government funding at an official...
Facing four months of dismal summer job prospects in 2009, a group of UBC Engineering students put their talents to work, hoping to gain the all-important “hands-on” experience. Their idea—build their own electric vehicle. “We’re starting to realize what impact fossil-fuel vehicles have,” says...

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