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By Breeonne Baxter on November 29, 2018
Simple actions like unplugging electronic equipment and turning off lights can save thousands of dollars each year.
Before you leave for the holidays:
Help us save even more energy this year by completing some simple actions and filling out the Shutdown Checklist.
Note: It is recommended to leave water coolers and water filters plugged in over the holidays.
By Melissa Baluk on April 19, 2018
For the seventh consecutive year, UBC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2018. This special award recognizes Canadian employers who create a culture of environmental awareness, develop exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and – because of their environmental leadership – are attracting employees.
Some of reasons why UBC is being recognized with this award include:
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.
By Breeonne Baxter on January 30, 2014
Please share this with your faculty and staff
What does sustainability look like at UBC in 2034? What will our community look like? How will we teach and learn about sustainability? How has the practice of sustainability transformed the way we work and research?
You are invited to join the conversation and help shape the long-term sustainability strategy for UBC. Your participation is part of an ongoing consultation process with faculty, staff, students and community members.
UBC is currently seeking feedback on the draft vision: http://sustain.ubc.ca/conversations2034
Please complete the short eight-minute survey by Feb. 14 to share your thoughts on sustainability at UBC. You can enter to win an iPad Mini.
By Breeonne Baxter on April 18, 2013
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For Earth Day, we have a special guest post on the HR Blog about what UBC does every single day to promote a more sustainable environment for the UBC community and beyond. Check out how UBC stands out this Earth Day.
By Breeonne Baxter on September 20, 2012
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Staff, students, faculty and researchers at The University of British Columbia are engaged in a new conversation on sustainability, one that explores ways in which human activity—rather than trying to do less harm—can actually make things better, for the planet and for people. This dialogue lies at the heart of UBC’s latest video, “Conversations in Sustainability.”
With intimate interviews and engaging graphics, the video explores the University’s efforts to deeply integrate academics and operations and transform the UBC campus into a living laboratory for sustainability.
“One of the most important aspects of what we’ve done at UBC is trying to walk to talk,” says John Metras, Managing Director, Infrastructure Development. “We’ve tried to implement the ideas as opposed to just creating research and ideas.”
In this way, the University’s physical plant has become a societal test-bed in which staff, faculty members, students and partners test, study, teach, apply and share lessons learned, technologies created and policies developed.
The 3-1/2 minute video introduces some of the ways in which UBC, its students and partners are making a difference by taking positive outcomes developed on campus and applying them in the larger world.
Watch the video now on the Sustainability website.
The Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility, which officially opened on September 13, 2012, contains a combined heat and power (CHP) system fueled with biomass—wood chips—that provide a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Learn more about the Facility on UBC’s Vancouver campus at the Sustainability site.