Operations and Infrastructure

Operations and Infrastructure

As a large, research-intensive university, with considerable land, assets and utilities, we are in the unique position to use our campuses as test beds for sustainability.

Energy and Emissions

As a rapidly growing, research-intensive campus, UBC is finding innovative ways to reduce energy and emissions. We’ve made significant strides towards achieving our ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and continue to update and implement our award-winning Climate Action Plan.

% Reduction in Absolute GHG Emissions since 2007

% Reduction in GHG Emissions per Student since 2007

Campus Engagement

Our signature engagement programs enable students, staff, faculty and residents to positively contribute to UBC’s sustainability goals, exemplify sustainable practices and behaviours on campus, and help achieve UBC’s ambitious sustainability plans.

Students Engaged in Residences

Sustainability Coordinators in Offices

Participants Cycled During Bike to Work Week


Approximately three billion litres of potable water are consumed at UBC a year – enough to fill 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools – for building operations, research, residential and irrigation purposes. Despite continued campus growth, we have steadily decreased water consumption through infrastructure improvements and improving water efficiency in existing and new buildings.

% Reduction in Absolute Water Use since 2000

% Reduction in Water Use per Student since 2000

Waste Management

UBC continues to implement the comprehensive Zero Waste Action Plan which includes targets to divert waste from the landfill and reduce waste generation.

% Waste Diversion Rate

Waste Recycling Stations Installed

Green Buildings

With nearly 400 institutional and residential buildings on campus, we currently operate the largest portfolio of green buildings at a Canadian university and are working to improve green building design and performance to promote regenerative development.

Green Building Projects

LEED Projects