UBC SUSTAINABILITY POLICY & PRACTICES

UBC provides Policies approved by the Board of Governors as well as guidelines and practices to support the integration of sustainability across UBC’s campuses.

UBC Board of Governors Policy No. 92: Land Use, Permitting and Sustainability

Background & Purposes:

UBC Board of Governors Policy 92: Land Use and Permitting sets out the authority to establish and manage compliance with Land Use Rules and Governance Requirements, and to designate Campus Planning to manage the implementation, enforcement and administration of the Land Use Rules and Governance Requirements.

Under the University Act, the UBC Board of Governors is vested with the power to: (a) manage, administer and control the property, revenue, business and affairs of the University, (b) make rules respecting the management, government and control of the University’s real property, buildings and structures, (c) regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to the use of real property, buildings, structures, and (d) generally make rules consistent with the powers conferred on the Board of Governors by the University Act.

With respect to the UBC Okanagan campus which is located within the municipal jurisdiction of the City of Kelowna, the University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Kelowna, dated October 2004, under the authority granted by the University Act. The MOU provides:

The City acknowledges UBC’s mission, as articulated in its strategic plan…to be an outstanding Canadian University and to create a University community that supports students, faculty, staff and alumni in achieving its mission. The City further acknowledges that, in order to fulfill this mission, UBC will be required from time to time to develop the campus.

UBC Board of Governors Policy 92: Land Use and Permitting sets out the authority to establish and manage compliance with Land Use Rules and Governance Requirements, and to designate Campus Planning to manage the implementation, enforcement and administration of the Land Use Rules and Governance Requirements.

Governance Requirements are any requirements established by the Board of Governors or federal, provincial, or local governments regarding the development, use or occupation of University real property, buildings or structures by the University or other persons, and include all land use plans approved or accepted by the Board of Governors including campus plans.

Read the full policy.

Anti-Idling Policy for Campus Fleets

Implemented in 2010 with the support of the Sustainability Office, Facilities Management implemented an anti-idling practice for the operation of facilities fleet. The purpose of the practice is to protect public health and improve the environment by reducing emissions while conserving fuel.  Reducing fleet idling time reduces air pollution, noise and fuel consumption. Areas of focus include reducing unnecessary vehicle idling by shutting off engines when idle times are longer than 10-30 seconds, encouraging car-pooling, and encouraging walking and/or biking where possible.

UBC’s Supplier Code of Conduct

The UBC Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC) sets the ethical performance expectations for suppliers of goods, services or equipment to the University of British Columbia.

Universities have a critical role to play in advancing the sustainability agenda – as stewards of public learning centres, as educators of future leaders, and as active participants in the search for ideas and solutions that will shape our common future. The University of British Columbia is an internationally recognized leader in sustainability.  Sustainability at UBC incorporates a balanced focus on People, Place and Process. Our sustainability decisions are informed and guided by measures of ecology, economy and the expectations of society. We look to our relationships in business to recognize, respect and help us reach our goals to broadly build a sustainable environment and assisting UBC in leading the way in campus sustainability.

View the Supplier Code of Conduct

UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing

Supporting UBC Supply Management’s Sustainable Purchasing Principles, UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide provides UBC’s framework for the procurement of socially, environmentally and economically sustainable products and services.

View UBC’s Sustainable Purchasing Guide

UBC Technical Guidelines

The UBC Technical Guidelines serve as the code of quality and performance for the design, construction and renovation of University-owned institutional buildings. This includes housing, athletics and institutional buildings, along with landscape and infrastructure.

View UBC Technical Guidelines