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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.

Why climate change education needs more empathy

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Lhoosk’uz Dené village taps into clean water after a 20-year wait

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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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The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) needs your input. We have created an online survey to gather your thoughts on different aspects of sustainability, how the university is doing in this area and how we can do better. We need your candid feedback to continue improving UBC as a sustainable...
Justin Ritchie 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 a new initiative that’s part book club, part lecture series, and part...
UBC is committed to nurturing a sustainable community that bridges both academic and residential parts of our Vancouver campus. As a result, we’re redefining how we approach waste and water management. Your feedback will be used as a springboard to create a draft vision and the short-, medium- and...
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...

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