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This article by Cara McKenna was originally published by the Toronto Star on March 1, 2021. Abundant with meadows of colourful flowers and other pristine wildlife, a remote Salish Sea island is being returned to its rightful owners — the W̱SÁNEĆ people. The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC...
This article by Cloe Logan was originally published by Global News on March 1, 2021. After a pre-COVID poll found 42 per cent of UBC Okanagan students were food insecure, Casey Hamilton and her team went looking for solutions. The internal survey gathered data based on one question: “In the past 12...
This article by Linda Nowlan was originally published by the Georgia Strait on March 1, 2021. "... We've learned that quiet isn't always peace, and the norms and notions of what just is isn't always just-ice...." Who didn’t have a shiver running down their spine listening to U.S. Youth Inauguration...
At UBC, we are committed to putting sustainability at the heart of teaching, learning and research. However, as we face multiple global challenges including the climate emergency, ecosystem destruction, and deep social justice issues, we recognize the need to accelerate our actions. In response,...
A year of unprecedented climate action – that’s a mission the world can get behind to shake off the dismal remnants of the past 12 months. And to kickstart things yesterday, President Biden took just a few hours and 55 words to return the United States of America to the Paris Climate Agreement...
BCBC 2022 FEATURE This article was originally posted as a part of the Energy Step Code Council 's December 2020 Stakeholder Update. Jurisdictions that have referenced the BC Energy Step Code in their building bylaws require whole-building airtightness testing for residential and non-residential new...
8 December 2020 This article by Tiffany Crawford was originally published by the Vancouver Sun on December 8, 2020. Amanda Giang and Naomi Zimmerman are two UBC researchers working to map the "smell scape" of Metro Vancouver using a public app called SmellVan that asks Vancouverites to help report...
Before COVID-19, momentum was building for 2020 to stand tall as a bold year of climate action with cities across the world declaring a climate emergency and pledging to urgently reduce emissions. And despite the challenges of the pandemic, there is reason for continued hope, among them the ideas...
10 November 2020 This article by Jo Fitzgibbons was originally published by TheCityFix on Nov 10, 2020. COVID-19 has brought many lessons for urban planners, illuminating existing inequalities and flaws as well as introducing new challenges. One such lesson, as people seek open space and...
At UBC, researchers turn up their freezers to bring their energy use down. By taking part in the Chill Up Challenge, laboratories across the university have improved freezer performance and longevity and saved greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. In 2017, Michael Smith Laboratories was the...

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