In 1997, the University of British Columbia became Canada’s first university to adopt a sustainable development policy, and the first to establish a Sustainability Office. In 2010, UBC reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by espousing two main goals: turn campus into a living laboratory, and consolidate UBC's role as an agent for change for sustainability in the community. UBC is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration and a member of the Founding Circle of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge.” It has integrated sustainability into its vision statement and strategic plan and formed a Presidents’ Advisory Council on Sustainability. UBC has one of the most ambitious plans for reduction of GHG emissions of any institution of its size, with a target emissions reduction from 2007 levels of 33 percent by 2015, 67 percent by 2020, and 100 percent by 2050. The university currently reduces carbon emissions by 14,000 tons annually. UBC recently finished a capital upgrade campaign that rebuilt or retrofitted nearly 300 buildings on campus to increase energy and water efficiency and reduce emissions. All new construction is required to achieve LEED Gold. 2012 began the start of an $85 million five-year project to replace the Vancouver campus steam heating system with a more efficient hot water system. UBC’s dining services exclusively serves local eggs, poultry and milk. More than 350 sustainability-related courses are offered by the university. There are more than thirty-five student sustainability groups, including Sustainability Ambassadors, UBC Student Environment Center, UBC Sustainability Pledge, and Sustainability Residence Leaders.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.