Workplace Sustainability Fund applications due March 1

Do you have an idea to increase sustainability in your workplace? Apply for funding from the Workplace Sustainability Fund to help turn your sustainable idea into action. The fund provides up to $1,000 to support workplace sustainability initiatives, and is intended to enable pilot projects and provide seed funding for innovative ideas.

How to apply

  1. Review the Funding Criteria and Guidelines
  2. Complete the Funding Application Form
  3. Submit applications to

Learn more and apply by March 1, 2019.

Water Restrictions Still In Effect

Water Restrictions Still In Effect

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In spite of the cooling weather, an ongoing lack of rain means that Stage 3 water restrictions are still in effect in the GVRD. Since UBC changed its water use practices on July 21, water consumption on the campus is down 40% compared with last  year:

david woodson tweet aug 18

Tweet courtesy of David Woodson, Managing Director of Energy and Water.

If you spot any:

  • Opportunities for Building Operations to help you design your plumbing system to use less water in your research
  • Leaky faucets, shower-heads, or toilets
  • Dangerous fire risks like piled brush or improperly-stored flammables

Please contact the Building Operations Service Centre at 604.822.2173.

UBC Water Restrictions and Extreme Fire Rating

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Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Metro Vancouver has issued stage 2 water restrictions and an extreme fire rating for Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the lower mainland. Starting this week at UBC, lawns will only be watered once a week, all power washing and window washing will be discontinued, and campus water features will be taken off the potable water feed and drained where necessary. Drained water will be used for irrigation whenever possible.

An extreme fire rating means that no burn permits will be issues and that campfires and briquette barbecues are prohibited. Please be aware of spark and fire sources – smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations.

For more details, and learn what you can do, visit