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Following an open competition for all students, faculty, and staff, UBC is sending a delegation of eight to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November.

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UBC Researchers are Helping Communities Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change

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Student Directed Seminar on UBC's Sustainability Performance

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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...
A pilot program for recycling nitrile gloves at the Centre for Comparative Medicine (CCM) has helped build the case for potentially diverting seven million gloves (28 tonnes) from the landfill each year if scaled up across campus. The pilot of Kimberly-Clark Professional’s RightCycle Program was...
The Sustainability Coordinator Program has grown over the years to become what is now a network of 120 coordinators working in offices, academic departments, operational units, and laboratories across the UBC Vancouver campus. The program provides these volunteers with opportunities and resources...
Vancouver aspires to be a safe city in which residents feel secure. It’s one of the goals of the Healthy City Strategy approved by city council in 2014. To that end, the city engaged Oludolapo Makinde, a graduate student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, as a Healthy City Sustainability Scholar...

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