The Sustainability Office works with a diverse group of individuals across many operational units including IT Services, Facilities Management and Student Housing and Hospitality Services to advance campus sustainability performance. We develop plans and initiatives to manage energy use, carbon emissions, water use and waste reduction as well as to enhance the ecology and overall wellbeing of the campus community.
UBC’s Okanagan campus is committed to integrating sustainability practices, policies and infrastructure into its built and natural environment and across its operations. The campus is currently taking action in the following areas.
- Climate, Energy & EnvironmentIncludes actions the Okanagan campus has taken to minimize its GHG emissions including reporting, energy management initiatives, and renewable energy projects.
- Green BuildingsManaging building construction from the design phase to final occupancy is critical in reducing the campus’ environmental footprint.
- Waste ManagementInitiatives to reduce recyclable materials from entering the landfill including recycling programs and composting.
- TransportationPrograms and initiatives aimed to reduce emissions from commuting, fleets, and travel including the U-PASS program, carpooling, and cycling.
- WaterWater management strategies and initiatives including enhancing water quality and increasing water conservation.
- Ecological Landscape and BiodiversityEcosystems plan a vital role in providing a range of services to support soil formation, provide fresh water and habitat, regulate climate and provide for education and recreational value.
- Food ServicesUBC Okanagan Food Services supports sustainability.