UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2016, for the fifth year in a row.
Some of UBC’s green initiatives include:
- UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Sustainability Office in 1998.
- UBC became the first Canadian school to sign the International Sustainable Campus Charter and join the International Sustainable Campus Network.
- UBC manages a longstanding “Sustainability Coordinator Program“, involving over 80 staff and faculty who promote and implement sustainable initiatives in their departments.
- UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings — the University has eight LEED certified buildings thus far (with 15 registered) is preparing to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations as part of a provincial wide initiative, which will be available for employee use.
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.
Other Green Initiatives at UBC
- UBC trees are well cared for. Learn how UBC arborist Shawn Riberdy keeps our campus green.
- UBC is taking steps towards climate action. Bud Fraser of Campus & Community Planning discusses his role in cutting GHG emissions.
- Hear UBC experts discuss their work on forests, trees and climate.
- UBC Botanical Gardens’ Dr. Tara Moreau sheds light on her relationship with trees, climate change and campus.
- Forestry’s Sara Barron highlights why urban tree cover is more than just a sustainability issue.