Below are some frequently asked questions about the UBCO CAP 2030. If you have additional questions reach out to Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director Sustainability Operations at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBCO is actively taking measures to reduce operational emissions from its existing buildings, energy supply and in the development of new buildings. A number of “quick start actions” identified through the UBCO CAP 2030 planning process are currently underway. These include the development of Okanagan guidance in UBC’s LEED Implementation Guide 4.1 update.
UBCO has also developed a Transportation Plan which addressed its most significant source of extended emissions from commuting.
Most recently the Skeena Residence was completed – a 6 storey, 220-unit residence and its first Passive House project, designed to the highest performance level of the BC Energy Step Code. In 2019 the campus was awarded the CleanBC’s Better Buildings Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge Construction and Design Incentive Award, in recognition of best practices in the early adoption of innovative low-carbon building design. The project integrates leading-edge green building “Living Lab” research for UBCO Faculty and green building innovation of provincial, national and international significance. Given the urgency and need for accelerated climate action, the CAP 2030 process presents an opportunity to leverage additional opportunities for the campus community as a whole to advance innovative low carbon solutions.
UBCO’s contributions are also included in many awards received by UBC. A full list of UBCO-specific awards is available here.
Throughout the development of the CAP 2030, working groups integrated a climate justice lens across emerging climate actions and to help address specific questions framed through the Climate Emergency Task Force. Addressing climate justice was particularly relevant when developing climate actions related to food systems, commuting, and business air travel so that we work to define ways to reduce greenhouse emissions in an equitable manner and recognizing that the choices we make have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable.
Our understanding of climate justice will continue to evolve and we will seek to integrate this learning into informing our policy and guidelines. Additionally, in collaboration with other units such as UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) and the Climate Hub, we will continue to identify ways that the Climate Emergency Task Force recommendations can be addressed through the scope of CAP 2030.
John Madden, Director of Sustainability at UBC’s Campus and Community Planning, explains the relationship between the plans at both campuses in this article: