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Data & Technology
Ecological Systems
Canada ranks third in the world for animal movement between protected areas, finds new UBC research.

Nature is Right- Legal Recognition of Nature’s Rights

Ecological Systems
Human Well-being & Social Systems
Natural Resources

Engagement Recap: Re-storying our Relations with the Natural World – Mother Trees Forest Walk

Ecological Systems
Human Well-being & Social Systems

UBC strengthens track record as global sustainability leader in higher education

Climate Change & Energy
Human Well-being & Social Systems

Podcast: F is for Faculty - Dr. Aaron Boley

Climate Change & Energy
Natural Resources
Policy, Economics & Governance


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By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) turned 10 last year. It’s a young piece of legislation, but the federal government has already served notice it is considering an overhaul of the act to make it more efficient. But lack of implementation, not the legislation itself, is to...
For a week in May, a new program got kids (and parents) to leave the car at home and walk, bike or rollerblade to school. Walk 'n Roll to School promotes healthy, safe, sustainable transportation—and encourages students to start their day socializing and getting a little exercise, too. It takes...
By Joanna Buczkowska Do you ever consider how your purchasing decisions impact your local community? For instance when you buy paper and pens for your office do you consider the impact those dollars have locally? The local purchasing movement started in the food and retail industries and aims to...
By Salina Marshall Which came first—the widespread use of electric cars or easy access to charging stations? Like the chicken and egg question, that’s yet to be answered. But the University of British Columbia is on its way to finding out with the debut of 18 new charging stations on campus. These...
Justin Ritchie, the AMS Sustainability Coordinator, compares the UBC Reads Sustainability project to a book club—with one important difference. “There’s not that kind of guilt trip there for not reading the book,” he says, laughing. UBC Reads Sustainability is an initiative that’s part book club,...
By Terry Wintonyk A volunteer dentistry mission to India has taught four UBC students to see the whole patient—including his or her social and economic context, cultural beliefs and values—not just the ailing tooth. In December, fourth-year dentistry students Akashdeep Villing, Amandeep Hans,...
By Thomas Bevan Sustainable building science has garnered significant attention from students and researchers, who want to improve the way we design, construct, operate, and disassemble our built environment. However, many academic institutions do not have access to the resources, infrastructure...
UBC Professor John Richardson, along with his co-instructor Professor Scott Hinch, provides students with the opportunity to engage in what he calls “the most critical resource for sustaining humans” through their course on freshwater ecosystems. Through their Aquatic Ecosystems course, Prof...
“Although they came from Korea, Belgium, China, Brazil, and Thailand, they researched and debated the expansion so passionately one would have thought the pipeline was in their backyards” says Victoria Brown, English Language Institute (ELI) Instructor. “For a unit on climate change, my class...
By Thomas Bevan Although many resources go into the design, construction and operation of a physical building, this may not be a complete package for creating great places to live, work and play. Julia Reckermann, a masters student in UBC’s Sustainable Building Science Program (SBSP), thinks it is...