Strategy 3 – Thriving Communities

Canada’s mountains feeling the heat of climate change

Canada’s mountains feeling the heat of climate change

While the searing hot asphalt, dripping air conditioners and withering plants might have caused many in Western Canada to look longingly at the region’s cool mountains during the historic heat dome in June 2021, even those seemingly frosty summits were starting to sweat. It’s common to think of mountains as stationary features in a landscape, […]

Sustainability Scholars showcase projects to Vancouver city leadership team

Sustainability Scholars showcase projects to Vancouver city leadership team

On October 28, 2022, at a lively showcase event at Vancouver City Hall, three graduate students working with City mentors through the Sustainability Scholars Program shared their key research findings with the City’s Leadership Team. Between May and Aug 2022, City of Vancouver staff mentored 17 UBC graduate students, working on applied research projects focused […]

How students are preparing for a climate-changed future

How students are preparing for a climate-changed future

From coping with climate anxiety to analyzing what coffee has the least harmful impact on the environment, UBC students are taking a variety of classes across faculties to get ready for a climate-changed future. Working with the city to make change The Certificate in Climate Studies and Action launched earlier this year in response to […]

UBC delegation going to 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)

UBC delegation going to 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)

Please visit https://sustain.ubc.ca/stories/ubc-delegation-ten-going-cop27 to read the full story.

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