University of British Columbia Leads Canadian Schools in Sustainability

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has solidified itself as the most sustainable school in Canada after being awarded its second consecutive Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Among all higher education facilities that are sanctioned by AASHE, UBC achieved a score in the top 10 and placed second overall amongst universities with enrolment over 30,000.

Reduction targets for greenhouse gases, technical clean energy projects and an overall sustainability strategy propelled UBC ahead of other schools in Canada.

“This achievement is a result of our long-standing commitment to sustainability and efforts to transform our campus into a living laboratory where scholars, researchers and operations staff collaborate to address pressing global sustainability challenges,” said James Tansey, director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. (http://news.ubc.ca/2015/10/27/ubc-named-top-canadian-university-in-sustainability/)

As an institution committed to sustainability it is no surprise that UBC also offers a number of the best sustainability-oriented curriculum in Canada. The university has 40 sustainability-related programs and over 600 related courses.

UBC has also developed a documentary that speaks about their “Think & Eat Green @ School” project taking place at the school. To watch a short version of the documentary and learn more about how UBC reduces food waste click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zrb4WDxU4c&feature=youtu.be.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at the University of British Columbia visit their website at: https://sustain.ubc.ca/