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by John Robinson for UBC Reports | Vol. 57 | No. 1 | Dec. 29, 2010 The old paradigm aimed to reduce environmental impact. The future is about buildings that actually improve our environment. Can we build cities with buildings that reduce a community’s energy consumption and carbon emissions, that...
To meet one of the goals in UBC’s Strategic Plan , the Robson Square Sustainability Committee wanted to begin composting food waste. They first talked to an outside waste management company, but the costs were prohibitive. “Because UBC Waste Management doesn’t operate downtown, implementing...
Regular maintenance is important for more than just vehicles—buildings need it too, to perform at their best. The Buchanan Tower and Neville Scarfe buildings at UBC are currently being serviced through a Continuous Optimization energy-savings pilot project, a three-phase, behind-the-scenes exercise...
UBC students staged an extraordinary exercise in resource conservation in November. Do It in the Dark, the university’s first ever energy-saving contest, grew out of a groundbreaking collaboration between staff and students — but it was the students who made it an overwhelming success. For three...
Residents of Totem Park pulled out all the stops — not to mention a lot of plugs — to compete in UBC’s first ever energy-saving contest in November. Their heroic efforts earned UBC a second-place finish in a competition that pitted it against 39 American universities and colleges. Do It in the Dark...
When you’re asked to help tackle a formidable challenge – like, say, addressing climate change on a city-wide scale -- it helps to have a varied skills set and the vision to look beyond your academic discipline to find solutions. Just ask Malcolm Shield, a mechanical engineer and PhD candidate at...
Sometimes big ideas with tremendous impact start with small conversations. Such is the case with UBC’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration project. “The origin of the project was a conversation I had with Jonathan Rhone, President and CEO of Nexterra, an excellent local company that has developed...
It is a claim that makes Dr. John Robinson, the Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, cringe just a little. “’Green’ is too narrow a term.” says Robinson, the man behind the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, presently under construction on the University of...
UBC's campuses are exceptional places to explore, test, and demonstrate sustainability solutions. With many initiatives already in place--and the support to do more coming from all levels at the university--our campuses are becoming “living laboratories,” places where students, faculty, staff and...
BC Hydro has named the University of British Columbia’s Professor John Robinson as this year’s recipient of the Larry Bell award for his inspirational work in imagining and promoting new sustainability solutions. The Larry Bell award, named after a former chair of BC Hydro, recognizes an...

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