Engagement Process

Mobilizing the UBC community

For many years, UBC has been a leading university committed to climate action through teaching and learning, research, engagement and operations. However, more urgent progress now needs to happen. By mobilizing our diverse communities and using our collective expertise, resources and influence, UBC can help drive crucial change locally and globally.



  • December 5, 2019

    UBC Declaration on the Climate Emergency

    President Ono released the Climate Emergency Statement, which was unanimously endorsed by the Board of Governors.

  • February 27, 2020

    Engagement Process Begins


  • March 2, 2020

    Pop-up Booths Begin

  • March 11, 2020

    UBC Vancouver Campus-wide Forum

    A chance for students, faculty, staff and the campus community to learn, engage and discuss bold actions around the climate crisis. Learn more.

  • Mid-March, 2020

    All in-person engagement closes

    Due to COVID-19, all in-person engagement is suspended. The engagement process is extended to enable a transition to virtual community dialogues.

  • March 27, 2020

    Online Survey Closes


  • April 2020

    Interim Report Writing

    Progress report prepared based on input from the online survey, pop-up events and campus-wide forum.

  • May–June 2020

    Virtual Community Dialogues

    A series of topic-based online community dialogue events.

  • June 16, 2020

    Interim Report Submission to Board of Governors

  • July–October 2020

    Final Report Writing

    Input from all aspects of the engagement process is compiled into a report and set of recommendations and next steps are formulated.

  • December 2020

    Board of Governors Meeting

    Final report with recommendations to be presented.

Engagement outcomes

We recognize this initial engagement process is being done within an expedited time frame. Given the scale of the climate emergency, we are not expecting to find all the answers immediately. Rather, this is the beginning of a conversation that will inform our commitment to leadership in addressing climate change. It is anticipated that the recommendations going to the Board of Governors in December will be considered in the context of the overall Strategic Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Inclusion Action Plan, among other relevant policies and initiatives.

Where are we now?


Consultation Interim Report

While the engagement process has been extended due to COVID-19, the UBC Board of Governors will receive an interim report that summarizes the process and emerging themes to date. The report will be posted here in June.

UBC Vancouver Climate Emergency Forum

On March 11, 2020, the UBC Vancouver Climate Emergency Forum brought together students, faculty and staff to learn, engage and discuss bold actions around how UBC can address the climate emergency.

The panel discussion was hosted by Walter Merida, associate dean, research and industrial partnerships, UBC Engineering, who is also senior faculty advisor to the president. Santa J. Ono gave the opening remarks to 180 participants, and 70 people took part in the breakout discussions.

The panel included:

  • Christine Boyle, Vancouver city councillor
  • David R. Boyd, associate professor of law, policy and sustainability
  • Gregor Robertson, global ambassador of Mayors for Climate and former Vancouver mayor
  • Adriana Laurent, UBC Climate Hub

The following video of the panel discussion will inform and inspire your conversation around the climate emergency.



Pop-up Events

UBC held three pop-up events on the Vancouver campus and five at UBC Okanagan from March 2 to 11. Designed as an easy way for the UBC community to provide input on the engagement process, these events collectively attracted over 1,000 people.

Online Survey

The online survey collected input from 1,985 participants from February 27 to March 27. A full analysis of survey responses will be included in the Interim Report, which will be posted here in June.