UBC’s signature research projects highlight the University’s commitment to transform the entire campus into a living laboratory. Through integration and innovation, UBC demonstrates the application of sustainability and inspires change beyond the campus.
UBC's Campus as a Living Lab Initiative approaches campus buildings and infrastructure as unique opportunities to demonstrate innovation while advancing research and teaching. This deep integration of operational and academic efforts reaches across traditional boundaries of disciplines, sectors and geographies to affect change.
Five signature projects and an investment by the University of $200 million exemplify UBC’s commitments to sustainability:
- Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility
- Brock Commons Tallwood House
- Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
- Building Tune-up
- Academic District Energy System
Along with these signature projects, other projects underway at the various centres, institutes and groups facilitate interdisciplinary sustainability research at UBC.
While the campus serves as the focal point of much of the research, it also incorporates local and regional project and opportunities. The research involves close collaborations between academic researchers and external partners such as government agencies, business and industry, NGOs and community organizations. Through this research UBC seeks to accelerate the adoption of sustainable building and urban development practices and policies, creating more resilient and healthy neighbourhoods, cities and regions.