5 responses to “UBC one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2018”

  1. Say no to the MacInnes Field Parkade

    Would a “green” employer build a new parkade in the heart of campus that will impact the safety of thousands of people per day, as well as impact transit service to the campus? And, would a “green” employer spend $12.5 million constructing something for which there is no data showing that it is even necessary?

    1. Art

      This is totally off topic. Where’s the data showing the predicted “impact” on safety and transit services? Where’s the data showing that it’s “not even necessary”? Sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder.

      1. Say no to the MacInnes Field Parkade

        I disagree that the comment was off-topic. UBC can not say it is committed to sustainability while building a parkade that will encourage people to bring personal vehicles to the heart of campus.

        Regarding safety, are you aware that the entrance and exit driveways are currently planned to go through the courtyard in front of the new student union building? Cars will enter and exit the parkade through one of the busiest pedestrian and cyclist areas of campus. On top of that, the driveways will be off of the trolley bus loop. Here is a link to an image from Campus and Community Planning that attempts to explain the traffic and pedestrian flow: https://ubyssey.storage.googleapis.com/media/images/2017/10/screen_shot_2017-10-18_at_2.39.03_pm.png. Note that cyclists were curiously omitted from from traffic flow analysis. Currently, even without the parkade, there are many car/bus conflicts each day because cars stop in the loop to drop off passengers, blocking the buses from turning in the loop. Translink installed signage to deter cars from stopping in the loop (it hasn’t helped), but UBC has done nothing to improve the situation. With cars lined up along University Blvd. waiting to turn into the parkade once the path is clear of pedestrians and cyclists, the potential for even more blocked buses will increase.

        Regarding data, according to UBC’s own data, the current parkades on campus are rarely fully occupied. Many of these have spaces reserved for short-term visitor parking. A new parkade is therefore unnecessary. What is needed is better signage to the existing parkades and perhaps more flexible parking systems that allow spaces reserved for day parking to become short-term parking after hours. But that’s not the only point to make regarding data. In terms of need, the consultants that were hired to assess the need for short-term parking purposefully inflated their numbers. In documents obtained through a freedom of information request, the consultants wrote: “It is important to the note that patrons to the Aquatic Centre are currently advised of the two hours parking that are available at the lower levels of the North Parkade. Given the proximity of the North Parkade in relation to the entrance of the Aquatic Centre, it is likely that patrons would prefer to continue to park at the North Parkade instead of parking closer to University Boulevard. However, for the purpose of this exercise, it is assumed that the parking demand for the Aquatic Centre will be shifted to the pool of parking at the University Boulevard Precinct.” Furthermore, an extensive consultation about the future of the University Boulevard precinct was performed about three years ago. It included a needs assessment of the various buildings in the area. Not one mentioned a need for more short-term parking, but here we are today building a new parkade for $12.5 million — money that could instead be used for academic purposes.

  2. CS

    Geenwashing for sure. In none of UBC’s Greenhouse Gas numbers is the loss of CO2 sequestration and bird habitat destruction due to massive deforestation/ real estate development ever mentioned. Also the billion dollar boondoggle to bring Sky train to the campus instead of building satellite campuses in the suburbs. A place of mind indeed.

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