UBC Sustainability Initiative

Like many universities, UBC has a history of pursuing strong operational sustainability goals and targets. And, like many universities, UBC emphasizes teaching and research on sustainability. Where UBC demonstrates innovation is in going a step further to integrate our efforts.

UBC has committed, at the corporate level, to the deep integration of our operational and academic efforts in sustainability. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), established in 2010, is the University’s agent in this innovation. USI fosters partnerships and collaborations that extend beyond traditional boundaries of disciplines, sectors and geographies to address the critical issues of our time. The initiative's work is carried out under two cross-cutting themes: campus as a living laboratory and the University as an agent of change.

Every two months, senior leaders of the University come together as the USI Steering Committee to provide strategic guidance and oversight to the Initiative.

The Initiative is comprised of following groups:

Within Campus & Community Planning, the Sustainability and Engineering office and Community Development office coordinate UBC's numerous operational sustainability initiatives and provides a central hub on UBC's Vancouver campus to engage with the campus community and facilitate operational sustainability learning and practice.

Steering Committee

  • Provost and VP Academic
  • Marc Parlange, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science
  • Michael White, Associate VP Campus & Community Planning 
  • Simon Peacock, Dean, Faculty of Science
  • VP Research & International
  • Student Sustainability Council Representative

The UBC Sustainability Initiative Office

Central Office

  • James Tansey, Executive Director
  • Ikuko Takahashi, Administrative Assistant

Communications and Community Engagement Office

  • Victoria Smith, Director, Communications and Community Engagement
  • Marko Pajalic, Manager, Communications and Engagement
  • Vacant, Communications and Engagement Specialist
  • Jen Crothers, Data Manager

Teaching, Learning, and Research Office

  • Jean Marcus, Associate Director
  • Alison Munro, Associate Director
  • Karen Stroebel, Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement
  • Karen Taylor, Program Manager
  • Kshamta Hunter, Manager, Advising and Student Involvement (on leave)
  • Sustainability Fellows

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

  • Angelique Pilon, Research Managerg
  • Tim Herron, Building Manager
  • Zahra Teshnizi, Tall Wood Building Project Coordinator

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

  • Sara Muir-Owen, PICS UBC Campus Co-ordinator

Management Team

  • James Tansey, Executive Director
  • Carole Jolly, Director, Community Development 
  • John Madden, Director, Sustainability and Engineering
  • Victoria Smith, Director, USI Director of Communications and Community Engagement
  • Jean Marcus, Associate Director, USI Teaching, Learning and Research Office
  • Alison Munro, Associate Director, USI Teaching, Learning and Research Office
  • Orion Henderson, Director, Energy Planning and Innovation
  • Matt Dolf, Director, Wellbeing at UBC

UBC Sustainability Initiative

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
2260 West Mall, 2nd Floor
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

Phone: 604-822-9376

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