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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

2021

When:
May 31 – June 6

Where:
Virtual

GoByBike Week 

This year, Bike to Work Week is taking a different approach to adjust to the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions — GoByBike Week. Since many of us are working remotely, and others may only be commuting to campus a few days per week, we encourage you to commute and stay active through bike rides in your community. All trips count, whether you’re biking to work, the grocery store, or going for a quick ride in your neighbourhood between Zoom meetings.

Please follow Provincial Health Guidelines by implementing social distancing practices and keep a 2-meter physical distance from others outside your household bubble while riding. For reference, 2 meters is about the length of your bike.

REGISTER


When:
Thursday, May 20
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where:
Online

Bike Route Planning Made Simple 

Ideal for new bikers and returning cyclists alike, this lunchtime webinar for the UBC community with HUB Cycling instructors combines research findings and practical tools and resources for planning safe and enjoyable routes for your next ride.

Participants will learn about important factors to consider for route planning, route characteristics associated with safety, tips for riding in urban versus rural areas, and multimodal trip planning. Discover HUB Cycling’s favourite apps, route planning sites, and a list of recreational destinations and rides in the Metro Vancouver region accessible for all ages and abilities. (You do not need to be currently based in Metro Vancouver to attend and learn from the session.)

Workshop availability is limited, so please register today. REGISTER


When:
Thursday, May 13
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:
Online

Basic Bike Maintenance 

Join instructors from HUB Cycling who will be helping the UBC community gear up for Go By Bike Week (May 29-June 4)!

This virtual workshop is for participants who are new to maintaining their bike or who would like a refresher. In this workshop, you will develop a thorough understanding and vocabulary of the key components of your bike. We will show you how to do a basic inspection to make sure your bike is in good running order, basic tools to carry, simple adjustments and maintenance that can be done at home, and how to fix a flat. You may get the most out of this workshop by having your own bike nearby.

Workshop availability is limited, so please register today. REGISTER


When:
Public Consultation: March 29-April 16

Virtual Webinars:
March 31: 4-5PM – Completed
April 8: 11:30AM-12:30PM – Completed

Survey: Completed

Where:
Online

UBC Okanagan Climate Action Plan 2030 Public Consultation 

From March 29 – April 16, 2021 we are holding a university-wide engagement process on CAP 2030. This engagement process is an opportunity to learn about the emerging CAP 2030, ask questions, and share perspectives.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Learn more about the emerging directions throughout this webpage and read the full report presented to the Board of Governors in February 2021
  • Attend a virtual webinar for a presentation on CAP 2030 followed by a Q&A
    • March 31: 4-5PM – Completed
    • April 8: 11:30AM-12:30PM – Completed
  • Share your perspective through our online survey from March 29-April 16 on how to strengthen and support all actions needed to reduce emissions. You can also enter to win 1 of 5 $100 e-gift cards at the end of the survey!
    • Take the survey here – Completed
  • Take action now! You don’t need to wait until the CAP 2030 is finalized to start taking action on climate change. Check out the list of ways to get involved as well as tips from John Madden, the Director of Sustainability and Engineering at Campus and Community Planning.

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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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Don’t Be Wishy, Washy.

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Focus on the Labs

Fact Sheet

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Green Team Starter Guide

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Past Events

When:
Thu. October 29

Time:
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where:
Online

UBC Okanagan Virtual Cycling Webinar 

Hosted By:
UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office, Campus

New to cycling, or interested in learning more? In need of a refresher? Join the UBC Okanagan community and the Kelowna & Area Cycling Coalition for a fun lunch and learn virtual workshop that will introduce you to cycling best practices and how to bike safely to work and beyond! The workshop will cover:

  • Rights and responsibilities of cyclists
  • How to share the road and communicate with other road users
  • How to take your bike on transit
  • Planning a safe route

The webinar is open to UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students.
Attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants. Register here.


When:
Wed. June 17

Time:
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where:
Online

UBC Virtual Cycling Webinar 

Hosted By:
UBC Campus + Community Planning and Hub Cycling

New to cycling, or interested in learning more? In need of a refresher as you dust off your bike for spring? Join UBC and HUB Cycling for a fun lunch and learn virtual workshop that will introduce you to cycling best practices and how to bike safely to work and beyond! As the province begins to reopen, this will be useful information to plan your commute to UBC or elsewhere. The workshop will cover:

  • Rights and responsibilities of cyclists
  • How to share the road and communicate with other road users
  • How to take your bike on transit
  • Planning a safe route
  • Different types of commuter gear

Webinar is open to Vancouver and Okanagan participants.
Attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants. Register here.


When:
February to March

Where:
Science Building – Undergraduate Labs

Shut the Sash Challenge 

Close the laboratory fume hood and you’ll save energy! Undergraduate labs will be participating in the Shut the Sash Energy Reduction Challenge.

Choose to:

  • Finished an experiment? Shut the Sash.
  • Taking a break? Shut the Sash.
  • Leaving for the day? Shut the Sash.
  • Last person out? Check that all sashes are closed.
  • Remind your lab mates! Shut the Sash.

Click here for more information.


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:
October to November

Where:
Science Building – Undergraduate Labs

Shut the Sash Challenge 

Close the laboratory fume hood and you’ll save energy! Undergraduate labs will be participating in the Shut the Sash Energy Reduction Challenge.

Choose to:

  • Finished an experiment? Shut the Sash.
  • Taking a break? Shut the Sash.
  • Leaving for the day? Shut the Sash.
  • Last person out? Check that all sashes are closed.
  • Remind your lab mates! Shut the Sash.

Click here for more information.


When:
Sep. 23 to Oct. 4

Where:
Campus Wide

Campus Commuter Challenge 

Every action counts! Help reduce emissions associated with daily commuting as part of UBC Okanagan’s team in the Campus Commuter Challenge.

Choose to:

  • carpool with one or more coworkers or classmates;
  • roll to campus on a bike, blades or chair;
  • take a scenic ride on the bus while reading the news; or
  • get the day started with a brisk walk.

Click here for more information and to register.


When:
February

Where:
All Academic  and Residence Buildings

BC Cool Campus Challenge 

Every action counts! Help conserve energy as part of UBC Okanagan’s team in the BC Cool Campus Challenge, a fun and friendly initiative between BC universities and colleges to save energy this winter season.

Actions include:

  • Turning down the heat by 1 to 3 degrees C (where feasible)
  • Layering up in warmer clothes
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Washing clothes in cold water

Click here for more information and here to take the Pledge.


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, 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

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!


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.


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.

 

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.