The University of British Columbia joins 12 other leading North American research universities in the new University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) that aims to help communities accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states.
UC3 members have been working for more than a decade to reduce their institutional carbon footprints. This year, they will each convene a climate change forum to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders to speed the implementation of research-driven climate policies and solutions.
A coalition-wide report will be released in late 2018 that will synthesize the best practices, policies and recommendations from all UC3 forums into a framework for continued progress on climate change goals across the nation and the world. "At UBC, we have a long-standing commitment to exploring and embracing sustainability through groundbreaking research, education and innovative projects on campus,” said UBC President Santa J. Ono. “These efforts helped to significantly reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions on campus, and to promote smart, healthy communities. We look forward to working with other members of this coalition to promote sustainability in our region and beyond."
UBC recently achieved a 34 per cent reduction in its Vancouver campus emissions, relative to 2007 levels, surpassing its target of 33 per cent despite significant increases in building floor space and student population. The university has updated its climate action plan and is now aiming for a 67 per cent emissions reduction by 2020 through expanding the bioenergy facility and deeper building energy retrofits.
Visit http://secondnature.org/uc3-coalition/ for more information on UC3.
For more on UBC sustainability, visit sustain.ubc.ca