Strategy 3 – Thriving Communities

Accepting applications for 2022/23 Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) competition

Accepting applications for 2022/23 Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) competition

The Sustainability Hub is proud to announce the return of the Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) competition for 2022/23. This year, the CLL Fund competition will provide seed funding of up to $50,000 for four to six innovative projects in one of four priority areas: Climate Action: Demonstration of innovation that seeks to combat […]

Faculty and staff housing targeting Passive House certification opens at UBC

Faculty and staff housing targeting Passive House certification opens at UBC

This month, the first residents are moving into Evolve, the new 110-unit faculty and staff rental building in UBC’s Wesbrook Place neighbourhood. The building is targeting Passive House certification, a designation that indicates a building consumes up to 90 per cent less heating and cooling energy than conventional buildings. The first of its kind on […]

Protecting biodiversity, culture, and ecosystem services in the Fraser River Estuary

Protecting biodiversity, culture, and ecosystem services in the Fraser River Estuary

The introduction of Canada Geese in B.C. has led to the overgrazing of wetlands, negatively affecting biodiversity and flood protection in our estuaries. Sustainability Scholar Dominic Janus recently led a tour of the Pacific Spirit Park foreshore on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory (Musqueam), to show the Sustainability Hub team firsthand the how these geese pose a […]

UBC student initiative set to recycle nearly 50,000 gloves

UBC student initiative set to recycle nearly 50,000 gloves

A UBC student’s project to combat plastic waste has collected roughly 48,700 gloves, diverting 146.1 kilograms of waste from landfills this year. Melody Salehzadeh, a doctoral student in the Department of Zoology, first noticed just how much plastic waste her work created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions, custodial staff weren’t able to enter […]

Connecting research to action: Sustainability scholar Maggy Spence

Connecting research to action: Sustainability scholar Maggy Spence

Maggy Spence, a graduate student in UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, and one of 82 Sustainability Scholars this summer, is working to research, engage, and pilot community-based action towards a more sustainable future.  Over the course of the summer, Spence is working on a unique project with local non-profit  False Creek Friends Society. The […]

C.D. Howe Institute ranks UBC 1st in climate change & endowment activities and governance

C.D. Howe Institute ranks UBC 1st in climate change & endowment activities and governance

Please visit https://sustain.ubc.ca/stories/cd-howe-institute-ranks-ubc-first-both-climate-change-endowment-activities-and-their to read the full story

UBC strengthens track record as global sustainability leader in higher education

UBC strengthens track record as global sustainability leader in higher education

The University of British Columbia has once again been ranked as a global leader in sustainability efforts. UBC placed 13th overall (out of more than 1,400 institutions) in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact ranking for institutional efforts to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG). The goals promote environmental, social and economic well-being […]

UBC leads as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2022

UBC leads as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2022

UBC is recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2022. This award recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness, developing exceptional sustainability initiatives, and are attracting employees because of their environmental leadership.  Visit the Focus on People website to see why UBC was selected for this award. 

Installing antimicrobial copper patches on high-touch surfaces in Applied Science buildings

Installing antimicrobial copper patches on high-touch surfaces in Applied Science buildings

The UBC Faculty of Applied Science has recently installed more than 400 copper patches in high-touch surfaces across nine department buildings. Funded through the Copper and Health program by Teck Resources, the project aims to use antimicrobial properties of copper to maintain a sanitized environment that reduces the spread of infection. The patches, self-sanitizing adhesive […]

Changing our systems to ensure a sustainable world

Changing our systems to ensure a sustainable world

Change in existing social systems is the only way to ensure long term sustainability and address climate change. Efforts such as composting, carbon pricing and electric vehicle usage, although praiseworthy, simply aren’t enough to combat climate change in the long run. This is reflected in the alarming fact that the US and Canada has reached […]