Engagement Process

Mobilizing the UBC community

In December 2019, the UBC Board of Governors unanimously endorsed a Declaration on the Climate Emergency, responding to the advocacy of our community members and joining other organizations around the world.

This declaration committed UBC to convene the Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF) to conduct an extensive community consultation process and consolidate input from both in-person and online consultations into a public report defining the pillars of the climate emergency and recommended actions.

The declaration was prompted by a student-mobilized open letter3 signed by over 1,600 students, staff, faculty and campus organizations and the participation of over 5,000 UBC students, faculty and staff in the September 27th, 2019 Global Climate Strike.

The declaration committed UBC to assembling its climate emergency response in partnership with community members, recognizing that addressing the climate emergency will require systemic collective action; that UBC community members are already experiencing diverse impacts of climate change; and that they have long been championing bold climate solutions.

In February 2020, UBC launched an initial climate emergency community engagement process, overseen by a task force of students, staff and faculty, and supported by a project team of UBC staff. Between February and June 2020, the Climate Emergency Task Force received input from nearly 4,000 students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members across UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses and beyond.

Climate Emergency Task Force Report

Download the full report that outlines the engagement process, nine priority areas and 28 recommendations that span community, academic (teaching, learning and research) and operational dimensions of the university.

Download the report (PDF)

Engagement Timeline

  • 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

  • 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.

  • June 16, 2020

    Interim Report Submission to Board of Governors

  • July 2020–January 2021

    Final Report Writing

    Input from all aspects of the engagement process is compiled and reviewed by the task force working groups and task force members in their development of recommendations to the Board of Governors.

  • February 2021

    Board of Governors Endorses Report

    The UBC Board of Governors unanimously passed a motion to endorse in principle the Report and Recommendations of the Climate Emergency Task Force.

  • March 2021

    UBC Sustainability Initiative commences coordination

    The UBC Sustainability Initiative commenced the role of convening and coordinating implementation.

What next?

Check the progress section of this website to see what actions UBC has taken so far, and is planning in the short, mid, and long-term, to support meaningful change across all 9 strategic priority areas of the CETF report. See progress.