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Alberta plans to phase out coal-fired electricity generation over the next 15 years. But, how the province does so will have big impacts, and lives could hang in the balance. That’s according to a new study from the Pembina Institute on the benefits Alberta and Canada could reap from an “...
In time for the start of the new academic year, UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability Program was recognized with a global Green Gown Award for Student Engagement. The award seeks to recognize university and college sustainability leadership across the world. Facilitated by the Global Universities Partnership...
At UBC, we champion wellbeing as integral to our continued excellence as a post-secondary institution and to create happier, healthier, and more sustainable communities, both on our campuses and beyond. For UBC staff, as well as many other Canadians, the workplace is where we spend a substantial...
Canada continues to make gains when it comes to the share of renewable power resources in energy portfolios across the country, but storm winds are brewing. That’s according to a recent op-ed from researchers at Clean Energy Canada, who say it’s time to step on the gas pedal at a “pivotal” moment...
China and the United States have both formally ratified the Paris climate change agreement, marking a major step toward the implementation of the global pact. U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed the decision in China on Sept. 3. “Just as I believe the Paris agreement will ultimately prove to be a...
Globally, approximately one third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted each year. At the same time, almost a billion people go hungry. In dollar amount, that equates to some $680 billion in losses in industrialized countries alone. In Canada, a 2014 report suggests that...
Mike van der Laan is a Planning Analyst with UBC and alongside Campus + Community Planning collegues is involved in a process to develop UBC's Green Building Plan. Over the next year the campus community will be engaged to build on UBC's pioneering leadership in sustainability and shape the future...

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