Strategy 3 – Thriving Communities

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

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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 […]

UBC bolstering Wellbeing in a challenging year

UBC bolstering Wellbeing in a challenging year

Since launching the Wellbeing Strategic Framework in 2019, UBC’s shared vision of being a health and wellbeing-promoting university is more important than ever in the face of complex societal challenges, including the global pandemic, climate emergency, colonization, and systemic racism. In a year made more complex by the COVID-19 pandemic, groups and community members across […]

Hold that flight: medical student’s residency interviews equal 1/3 of a Canadian’s annual carbon budget

Hold that flight: medical student’s residency interviews equal 1/3 of a Canadian’s annual carbon budget

Like thousands of other medical students in Canada, Dr. Kevin Liang had no idea he would be asked to take more than 10 flights during his last year for in-person residency interviews. “After learning this, I knew I had to quantify the climate impact from thousands of students travelling for CaRMS (the Canadian Resident Matching […]

UBC breaks ground on $23-million renewable energy hub

UBC breaks ground on $23-million renewable energy hub

A new $23-million renewable energy hub will transform an entire city block at the University of British Columbia into a smart energy district, including the province’s first-ever hydrogen refuelling station for light and heavy-duty vehicles. It will also include the addition of a solar array, as well as intelligent charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. “This […]

Universities taking action to address the climate emergency

Universities taking action to address the climate emergency

A recent groundswell of student climate activism prompted the University of British Columbia to join organizations around the world in declaring a global climate emergency and committing to full divestment of investments from the fossil fuel industry. As part of the declaration, and after expansive consultation, in January 2021 UBC’s Climate Emergency Task Force released […]

UBC leads as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2021

UBC leads as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2021

For the tenth consecutive year, UBC is recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2021. This special award recognizes Canadian employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness, developing exceptional sustainability initiatives, and – because of their environmental leadership – are attracting employees. Please visit the Focus on People website to […]