UBC Sustainability Policy & Practices

UBC provides Policies approved by the Board of Governors as well as guidelines and practices to support the integration of sustainability across UBC's campuses.

Sustainable DevelopmentUBC Board of Governors Policy No. 5: Sustainable Development

Background & Purposes:

  • to develop an environmentally responsible campus communities that are economically viable and reflects the values of the members of its campus communities;
  • to ensure integration of ecological, economic and social considerations at all levels of strategic planning and operations within the University;
  • to work towards a sustainable future in cooperation with organizations such as the GVRD and the City of Vancouver;
  • to assume a leadership role through practising sustainable development and instilling sustainable development values in its graduates and employees, through research, teaching, and operations.

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Anti-Idling Policy for Campus Fleets

Implemented in 2010 with the support of the Sustainability Office, Facilities Management implemented an anti-idling practice for the operation of facilities fleet. The purpose of the practice is to protect public health and improve the environment by reducing emissions while conserving fuel.  Reducing fleet idling time reduces air pollution, noise and fuel consumption. Areas of focus include reducing unnecessary vehicle idling by shutting off engines when idle times are longer than 10-30 seconds, encouraging car-pooling, and encouraging walking and/or biking where possible.

UBC's Supplier Code of Conduct

The UBC Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC) sets the ethical performance expectations for suppliers of goods, services or equipment to the University of British Columbia.

Universities have a critical role to play in advancing the sustainability agenda - as stewards of public learning centres, as educators of future leaders, and as active participants in the search for ideas and solutions that will shape our common future. The University of British Columbia is an internationally recognized leader in sustainability.  Sustainability at UBC incorporates a balanced focus on People, Place and Process. Our sustainability decisions are informed and guided by measures of ecology, economy and the expectations of society. We look to our relationships in business to recognize, respect and help us reach our goals to broadly build a sustainable environment and assisting UBC in leading the way in campus sustainability.

View the Supplier Code of Conduct

UBC's Sustainable Purchasing    

Supporting UBC Supply Management’s Sustainable Purchasing Principles, UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide provides UBC’s framework for the procurement of socially, environmentally and economically sustainable products and services.

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UBC Technical Guidelines

The UBC Technical Guidelines serve as the code of quality and performance for the design, construction and renovation of University-owned institutional buildings. This includes housing, athletics and institutional buildings, along with landscape and infrastructure.

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