Operations and Infrastructure

Our goals are to enhance the efficiency of our operations, improve environmental performance, and achieve cost savings, while leveraging our campus infrastructure and built environment to demonstrate innovative sustainability solutions at a municipal scale.

Energy and Emissions

As a global leader in sustainability and climate action, UBC uses its land, assets and utilities as a hub for sustainability innovations.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES (Vancouver)

REDUCTION IN ABSOLUTE GHG EMISSIONS SINCE 2007 (Vancouver)

REDUCTION IN GHG EMISSIONS PER M2 FLOOR SPACE SINCE 2013 (Okanagan)

REDUCTION IN GHG EMISSIONS PER STUDENT FTE SINCE 2013 (Okanagan)

Campus Engagement

Our signature engagement programs enable students, staff, faculty and residents to contribute towards meeting UBC’s sustainability commitments to climate action, energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable transportation, while building sustainability leadership.

UBC STAFF REACHED THROUGH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS (Vancouver)

SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATORS IN OFFICES AND LABS (Vancouver)

INCREASE IN REUSEABLE FOODWARE (Okanagan)

KM PEDDLED BY BIKE T0 WORK WEEK PARTICIPANTS (Okanagan)

Water

UBC is increasing the water efficiency of our buildings and infrastructure through conversion projects to district energy and ongoing improvements including irrigation system upgrades, equipping academic building facilities with low flow faucets, showerheads and toilets, and using aerators in labs to reduce water use.

REDUCTION IN ABSOLUTE WATER USE SINCE 2000 (Vancouver)

REDUCTION IN WATER USE PER STUDENT SINCE 2013 (Okanagan)

SEEDS PROJECTS ON WATER CONSERVATION/MANAGEMENT (Vancouver)

CHANGE IN WATER USE PER GROSS SQUARE METRE SINCE 2013 (Okanagan)

Materials and Waste

Improving campus recycling infrastructure is a major focus for changing how UBC handles waste. However, recycling does not happen without the participation of our entire community. Through campus-wide engagement programs, behavioural change campaigns and awareness building activities, we encourage everyone at UBC to play an important role in reducing our impact.

OVERALL WASTE DIVERSION RATE (Vancouver)

INCREASE IN WASTE DIVERSION RATE SINCE 2010 (Okanagan)

TONNES OF ORGANIC WASTE COMPOSTED (Vancouver)

REDUCTION IN OPERATIONAL WASTE TO LANDFILL PER STUDENT SINCE 2010 (Okanagan)

Green Buildings

Buildings help serve UBC’s academic mission by creating a sustainable, healthy place for teaching, learning and research as well as places to socialize, live and play.

ACADEMIC BUILDINGS CONNECTED TO THE ACADEMIC DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEM (Vancouver)

CERTIFIED GREEN BUILDINGS (Okanagan)

SEEDS PROJECTS ON BUILDING DESIGN AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT (Vancouver)

BUILDINGS CONNECTED TO THE LOW CARBON DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEM (Okanagan)