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.

SUSTAINABILITY IN RESIDENCE

The Sustainability in Residence Program continued to engage students through an interactive and peer led monthly sustainability engagement programming. The program promotes sustainable lifestyle choices that first year students can easily integrate into their day-to-day lives and support UBC’s high level plans and targets for sustainability engagement, climate action, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation and zero waste. To facilitate collaborations across departments and units, a Working Group was convened and met on a monthly basis.

GREEN OFFICES

The Sustainability Coordinator Program for Offices continued to engage a network of 70 staff sustainability champions across campus, providing tools, training and resources to enable staff to implement sustainable practices in their respective departments. Key initiatives in 2015/16 included developing programs and tools to enhance energy conservation and reduce paper use on campus, advance sustainable purchasing, and update our online Sustainability Coordinator Toolkits with key resources for implementing sustainable practices across campus.

Get Involved

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.

ENGAGEMENT AT WORK

  • In response to Power of You campaigns, a key operations department facilitated a staff-led audit which resulted in the powering down of more than 7,000 lights and 250 projectors and monitors, in addition to the closing of more than 1,500 windows at night—all contributing to campus-wide energy and emission savings.

ENGAGEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM

  • UBC Engineering students initiated a capstone project featuring a Campus Renewable Energy Biomass Feasibility Project. The biomass project is intended to inform a key recommendation within the Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan, which identifies future conversion of campus energy systems to biomass once an optimal District Energy load is achieved.
  • A capstone project undertaken by engineering students included a Storm Water Catchment Project to provide background information for the campus’ emergent Integrated Storm Water Management Plan.

ENGAGEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Deployed “Power of You Recycle Your Coffee Cup” campaign which targeted reduction in use of single-use coffee cups on campus.
  • Incorporated a “Be Sustainable” event into the PurNiKal Classic*, encouraging participants to apply sustainable behaviours such as using a reusable container or mug at the cafeteria and cleaning up the environment by picking up garbage or recycling in order to accumulate points.

*The PurNiKal Classic is an initiative developed by Resident Advisors to encourage social engagement and build comradery within four residences.

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