University of British Columbia

Whole-institute mobilisation around the climate emergency


University of British Columbia


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Institutional Approach

The University of British Columbia is one of the first universities in the world to both declare a climate emergency, and use this as a central point of action and ethos to organize around. The university has a strong sustainability action plan. They have general climate goals for 2030, a neighbourhood climate action plan for net-zero emissions and climate resilience, a green building action plan for circularity, an integrated stormwater management plan, a separate water action plan for conservation, and a zero-waste action plan. The university has a strong program to encourage interaction with nature in its green areas, and awareness of zero-waste. UBC’s Sustainability Initiative (USI) funds interdisciplinary sustainability research, and works with faculties to embed sustainability in most undergraduate programs. Innovative sustainability educational initiatives include a sustainability “scholars” program as a paid graduate research internship, and a newly-launched transdisciplinary Collaborative PhD for Climate Action.


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