Cool Campus Challenge


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

Join the UBC Okanagan community by taking the 2020 Cool Campus Challenge Pledge to save energy this winter season.

This fun and friendly initiative encourages faculty, staff and students to save energy this winter season – reducing our natural gas use and climate impact.

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

On Campus:

  • Layer up in warmer clothes
  • Close windows

In residence & at home:

  • Turn down the heat by 1 to 3 degrees C and put on a sweater
  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash clothes in cold water

These simple actions add up and can significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
Grab a sweater. Close a window. And take the Pledge.



  • 5th Annual Labs: Sort It Out and Power Down EventFebruary 12, 10am-2pm in the Fipke Foyer. Stop by the event to sign the Cool Campus Pledge and learn how labs can conserve energy and reduce waste!
  • 4th Annual Recycling 101: Recycle Your Coffee Cup EventFebruary 26, 11am-1:30pm in the Courtyard in front of Tim Horton’s. Visit the event booth to sign the Cool Campus Pledge, get free swag, and learn what goes where!


  • $50 UBC Bookstore gift card x 4


In order to stay comfortable as the weather outside cools down, we ask the Okanagan campus community to wear warm clothing, close windows, and sign a pledge that demonstrates your support to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change. Go beyond the campus and turn down the thermostat, take shorter showers and wash laundry in cold water at home.
The entire UBC Okanagan community – faculty, staff, students, and students living in residence – are challenged to take the pledge.

Simple actions like wearing warmer clothing and closing our windows all help keep us comfortable and save heating energy. The majority of UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions now come from the remaining natural gas that is used for campus heating systems, so conserving heat by closing your window can make a difference.

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.

UBC Okanagan has already invested in renewable energy with the full implementation of the Geo-Exchange District Energy System (DES) in 2012 and expansions in 2017 and 2019. 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.

View our annual Carbon Neutral Action Report for a complete list of projects completed in the post year and future measures that will are implemented to reduce UBC Okanagan’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Simple actions like closing a window, 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.