2012 shift MAGAZINE


Welcome to the third edition of shift, an annual sustainability publication produced by the Sustainability Office. shift was developed to highlight leadership at all levels of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus – leadership that has served to advance UBC’s ambitious commitments to sustainability.

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In this issue

Shifting Perspectives

This edition highlights sustainability leadership that is applied, relevant and diverse.Read more (PDF) >>

Jackie Podger, Associate Vice President, Administration and Finance
Leanne Bilodeau, Director, Sustainability Operations



Sustainable milestones from 2007 – 2012 are highlighted

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Words To Live By

Think globally, act locally has been bandied about for years but the Okanagan Sustainability Institute (OSI), it is a guiding mantra.

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Campus Community

Taking the Pond by Storm
The retention pond on the east side of UBC’s Okanagan campus does a lot more than just hold water.

Students See Value in U-Pass Program
A Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) Program was instated at UBC’s Okanagan campus in 2007, in partnership with the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan, BC Transit, the City of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Green on Top
Green roofs have been installed in three new buildings on campus.

Fair Trade Fair
The inaugural Fair Trade Fair was held at UBC’s Okanagan campus last year and it brought awareness to the social and environmental issues regarding fair trade.

Sowing Seeds
A plot of land near UBC’s Okanagan campus is doing a lot more than just growing plants.

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Starting with Sustainable Buildings

New campus buildings demonstrate leadership in energy and environmental design.

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Hot Idea Keeps Buildings Warm

Roadmap to carbon neutrality:  taking campus sustainability to the next level.

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Building a Partnership for Better Buildings

FortisBC and UBC’s Okanagan Campus team up for energy efficiency.

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Waste Not Want Not

Re-purposing equipment and materials is a daily practice in Facilities Management.

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Photo:  Rob Buonomo, Facilities Coordinator, UBC Okanagan campus

City of Kelowna teams up with University for Sustainable Future

In 2011, the Sustainable Community Development Grant Pilot Program was launched.

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Photo:  Ramon Lawrence, Associate Professor of Computer Science, UBC Okanagan Campus

Keeping the Grass Green and the Water in the Lake

There’s just no getting around the fact that to have green spaces you need to use water.

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Eat, Drink and Share a Story

There was a time when people used to site around the dinner table with friends and family telling stories and sharing their lives but with the onslaught of distractions…

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Park the Car, Take the Bus, Help the Environment

Only a fraction of people use public transit but Gord Lovegrove is hoping to change that.

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Photo: Gordon Lovegrove, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan campus

Beyond Sustainable Labs

Lab leaders use some creative thinking to benefit students and environment.

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Hi, my name is Peter

Team effort keeps recycling waste to a minimum.

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Photo: Peter, who works at UBC’s Okanagan campus through the Kelowna and District Society for Community Living

Students Take the Lead

UBCycles to the Rescue
Want to help the environment and get in shape by cycling to class but don’t have a bicycle?

Turning Out the Lights to Win
Turn out the lights and win one for the home team – or more accurately, the home dorm.

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Envisioning a Sustainable Future

UBC’s Okanagan campus is committed to responsible stewardship of sustainability at all organizational levels, to reduce our environmental impact and embed a culture of sustainability.

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