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The Sustainability Office provides tools, training and resources to build leadership capacity for sustainability actions across the campus.

Each of us has a role to play in contributing to campus sustainability. Individual actions can lead to collective impacts that make a difference. Contact us for more information or to get involved.

Upcoming Events

2017

Lights Out event

3rd Annual Campus Lights Out Challenge

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development

When:
Thursday, March 23

Time:
12:00 to 1:00 pm

Where:
All Academic & Administr
ation Buildings

In support of 2017 Earth Hour, UBC Okanagan is hosting the campus’ 3rd Annual Lights Out Challenge.

Conserve energy by turning off lights in unoccupied spaces. Even flipping a switch in a space with occupancy sensors can save 30 minutes of energy consumed by unnecessary lighting. No Sign-up or Registration Required: Participation is as easy as turning off the office light when leaving for lunch and by flipping a switch when leaving a classroom, laboratory or residence.

Which building will show the greatest energy reduction during the one-hour challenge? Or have the most occupant participation? Participate on March 23 and tune in to find out! Results will be posted on the Power of You website following the initiative.

To find out more, contact Stephanie French in the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development.


Carbon 101 Event

Carbon 101: Better In A Sweater

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development

When:
Wednesday, March 1

Time:
12:00 to 1:30 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

At UBC's Okanagan campus, the student residence buildings consumed 4,610,013 kWh, or 2,858.10 kWh /resident, of electricity in 2016. Of this, 63% or 2,937,076 kWh can be attributed to energy required to heat resident spaces.

By turning your thermostat down 2oC* and putting on a sweater, each student can conserve enough energy to make 15 cups of coffee per day**.

Students, wear your ugliest sweater and join your classmates at a fun info session about carbon and the impacts of campus heating. Actively participate in advancing the Okanagan campus’ sustainability commitments by:

  • Learning the energy/carbon lingo
  • Learning what UBC Okanagan's campus is doing to reduce its emissions
  • Pledging to reduce your impact

To find out more, contact Stephanie French in the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development.
* BC Hydro: reduction of 2oC can reduce electricity bill by 5%.
** Based on electricity consumption of a generic drip coffee pot.


Lab Wordle

Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development and Risk Management Services 

When:
Tuesday, February 21

Time:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

Laboratory activities can have a huge impact on the environment. Join your colleagues, classmates, the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development, and Risk Management Services to learn how to labs can reduce their impact on the environment through energy conservation and the reduction and diversion of waste.

Topics will include:
Laboratory recycling, hazardous waste management, energy reduction, green chemistry, Styrofoam management, water use, re-use, consumable reduction, water protection and any other ideas you might have on reducing laboratory impact.

You will have the chance to:
* Test your green lab knowledge        * Register for an incentive program
* Pledge to reduce your impact          * Enjoy a coffee - remember your mug! 

To find out more, contact Stephanie French in the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development.

Recycle Your Coffee Cup Event

Recycling 101: Recycle Your Empty Coffee Cup 

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development and Facilities Management

When:
Wed, February 1 &
Thu, February 2

Time:
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Where:
Courtyard (in front of Tim Hortons)

At UBC's Okanagan campus, single-use coffee cups account for the highest amount of accepted recyclable material found in the waste and recycling streams*.

Learn about what goes where and why with your colleagues and classmates at this fun, educational Recycling 101 event where you will actively participate in advancing the Okanagan campus’ sustainability commitments by:

  • Learning about UBC Okanagan’s waste diversion programs
  • Testing your recycling knowledge
  • Pledging to improve sorting behaviours

To find out more, contact Stephanie French in the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development.
*The 2016 Bi-Annual Waste Audit, commissioned by UBC Okanagan’s Facilities Management department, reported that of the 78% of the divertible material found in the waste stream, 31% was made up of paper products, which includes disposable cups. Similar statistics appeared within the recycling audit, which demonstrated that paper products were listed as the top material recycled at 30%. Improvements to these audit figures can be easily achieved through proper sorting measures applied at the recycling stations found around campus.

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Posters and Fact Sheets

Bundle Up and You'll Save EnergyBundle Up and You'll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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Power Down to Save EnergyPower Down and You'll Save Energy

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Turn Off the Lights and You'll Save EnergyTurn Off the Lights and You'll Save Energy

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Unplug and You'll Save EnergyUnplug and You'll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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CoffeeRecycle Your Coffee Cup and You'll Reduce Waste

Fact Sheet

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Focus on the LabsFocus on the Labs

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Green Team Starter GuideGreen Team Starter Guide

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Past Events

2016

Lab Wordle
 

Sort It Out: Labs

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development and Risk Management Services

When:
Tuesday, March 29

Time:
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

Laboratory activities can have a huge impact on the environment.  Have a coffee with the Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development, and Risk Management Services and learn how to reduce the impact of your research on the environment.  

Topics will include:

Laboratory recycling, hazardous waste management, energy reduction, green chemistry, Styrofoam management, water use, re-use, consumable reduction, water protection and any other ideas you might have on reducing laboratory impact.

 

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