Cool Campus Challenge


Every action counts! Help UBC Okanagan conserve energy as part of BC’s Cool Campus Challenge. Join and Take the Pledge!

UBC Okanagan is participating in the BC Cool Campus Challenge, a fun and friendly initiative between BC universities and colleges to save energy this winter season.

Across the province, post-secondary institutions are challenging each other to see who can gather the most pledges from students, staff, and faculty to help reduce our natural gas use and climate impact.

Join the Challenge! Take UBC Okanagan’s Cool Campus Pledge now and commit to save energy by:

  • 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

These simple actions add up and can significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
So turn down the heat. Grab a sweater. And take the pledge.



Take the Pledge now for the chance to win great prizes, including a UBC hoodie, cozy UBC blanket, and UBCO Sustainability reusable/biodegradable mugs! Winners will be contacted and announced on the website in February.


  • 3rd Annual Recycling 101: Recycle Your Coffee Cup EventJanuary 31st, 9am-12pm in the Courtyard in front of Tim Horton’s. Stop by the event to sign the pledge, get free swag, and learn what goes where!
  • 4th Annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down EventFebruary 7th, 11am-2pm in the Fipke Foyer. Stop by the event to sign the pledge, get free swag, and learn how labs can conserve energy and reduce waste!

Stay tuned for additional upcoming campus events in January and February.


Post-secondary institutions across the Province are challenging each other to reduce natural gas use and encourage campus community members to take energy conservation actions by signing the Cool Campus Pledge. By reducing natural gas use, we can reduce our climate impact and demonstrate climate leadership.
Universities and colleges are joining together to promote energy conservation across the province. Institutions currently participating include: The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Selkirk College, and Thompson Rivers University.

Public institutions have taken this opportunity to lead a province-wide energy conservation challenge to raise awareness about actions individuals and institutions can take to reduce natural gas consumption and lower our carbon footprint. Collectively, small actions add up and can have a big impact.

Additionally, we aim to use this challenge to start a conversation on energy dependency and resiliency. How can we engage in energy saving practices in addition to seeking renewable and lower carbon energy resources? Let’s take this opportunity to discuss it.

The winner of the BC Cool Campus Challenge will be the institution that collects the most online energy-saving pledges from students, staff, and faculty between January 7th and February 28th 2019.

The winning institution will get a branded sweater or warm clothing item from each of the participating institutions. The winning campus will then get to donate the items to a local charitable organization to keep more people warm this heating season. Plus the winner gains bragging rights as the coolest campus in BC!

Simple actions like turning down the heat, wearing warmer clothing, taking shorter showers, and washing clothes in cold water all help to reduce natural gas use.

Space heaters consume significant amounts of additional energy and can also trip electrical breakers, resulting in operational issues that may affect other spaces in your building.

We encourage campus community members to wear layers and dress appropriately instead of plugging in space heaters.

UBC Okanagan has already invested in renewable energy with the full implementation of the Geo-Exchange District Energy System (DES) in 2012 and expansion in 2017. The innovative DES has contributed significantly to the reduction of our campus’ GHG emissions and provided some resiliency against natural gas shortage. In addition, the installation of solar panels, on the Purcell and Nicola residences, to support the pre-heating demand of domestic hot water has further supported the campus’ reduced consumption of natural gas.