Buildings are the largest contributor to UBC’s environmental footprint and in recognition of this we are developing UBC’s first Green Building Plan to create a clear pathway forward. Building on a history of leadership in green building, the University’s vision for the plan is to create a strategy for developing buildings that contribute to a net-positive campus that promotes human and ecological wellbeing.
UBC GREEN BUILDING PLAN
Creating a plan to advance UBC toward Regenerative Communities, the Green Building Plan will guide sustainable development of academic and residential neighbourhood building projects on the Vancouver Campus. The vision for the plan is to create a pathway for developing buildings that contribute to a net-positive campus that promotes human and ecological wellbeing. The Plan will address building design in eight areas:
- Place & Experience
- Materials & Resources
- Climate Adaptability
- Health and Wellbeing
These areas are interconnected and work in synergy while also providing co-benefits across the components. For example, trees planted near a building can provide shade for the building as well as creating a sense of wellbeing for people and increasing habitat for birds.
In late 2016, we undertook preliminary interviews with key stakeholders to reflect on and learn from past projects and the existing development process. Workshops were held with a large group of stakeholders, experts, and faculty to gather ideas in January 2017. These successful events generated a great many thoughtful ideas and created valuable input for the plan.