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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

2018

When:
December

Where:
All Academic Buildings

Seasonal Shutdown 

Every action counts! Help save energy as part of UBC Okanagan’s Seasonal Shutdown, which lowers the temperature in buildings over the winter break to reduce energy use and emission on campus. Click here for more information and to download the checklist .

 

When:
November – December

Where:
All Residences

Choose a ‘Green’ Cycle and Save Energy 

UBC’s Okanagan campus residents are encouraged to wash their laundry in cold water. By implementing this action you will reduce energy consumed by washers by 90% and extend the life of your clothes. Click here for more information.

2019

When:
Thursday, Jan. 31

Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where:
Courtyard (in front of Tim Horton’s)

3rd Annual Recycling 101: Recycle Your Empty Coffee Cup 

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

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 implement sorting behaviours

*The 2018 Bi-Annual Waste Audit, commissioned by UBC Okanagan’s Facilities Management department, reported that of the 80% of the divertible material found in the waste stream, 21% was made up of single-use coffee cups. The recycling stream audit demonstrated that single-use coffee cups were listed as the top material recycled at 38%. Improvements to these audit figures can be easily achieved through proper sorting habits applied at the recycling stations found around campus.

When:
Thursday, Feb. 7

Time:
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

4th Annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down

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

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!

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Posters and Fact Sheets

Bundle Up and You’ll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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Power Down and You’ll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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Turn Off the Lights and You’ll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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Unplug and You’ll Save Energy

Fact Sheet

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Recycle Your Coffee Cup and You’ll Reduce Waste

Fact Sheet

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Choose a ‘green’cycle and save energy

Fact Sheet

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Focus on the Labs

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Green Team Starter Guide

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Past Events

2018

When:
Thursday, March 22

Time:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where:
Courtyard (in front of Tim Horton’s)

2nd Annual Recycling 101: Recycle Your Empty Coffee Cup 

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

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
    *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.

When:
Wednesday, Feb. 28

Time:
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:
EME Lower Atrium

3rd Annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down

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

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!

When:
Thursday, March 23

Time:
12:00 to 1:00 pm

Where:
All Academic Buildings

3rd Annual Campus Lights Out Challenge

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development

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.

When:
Wednesday, March 1

Time:
12:00 to 1:30 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

Carbon 101: Better In A Sweater

Hosted By:
Sustainability Office, Campus Planning & Development

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

BC Hydro: reduction of 2oC can reduce electricity bill by 5%.
** Based on electricity consumption of a generic drip coffee pot.

When:
Tuesday, February 21

Time:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

2nd Annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down

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

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!

 

When:
Wed, February 1 &
Thu, February 2

Time:
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Where:
Courtyard (in front of Tim Hortons)

Recycling 101: Recycle Your Empty Coffee Cup 

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

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

*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.

2016

 

When:
Tuesday, March 29

Time:
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Where:
Fipke Foyer

Sort It Out: Labs

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

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.