News and Events

UBC understands that the actions we take today, will affect human and environmental wellbeing for generations to come.

The news and events below provide a window into the broad range of climate emergency-related activities underway by UBC academic units, operational departments, community initiatives, and student groups.

UBC invites you to explore what’s happening, and join us in this vital work.


June 23: The Race to Zero: Universities Working to Catalyze Climate Action

June 6, 2022

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) Vancouver Summit invites you to join for a panel discussion asking the question, “How do we use the resources and influence of universities to catalyze partnerships and innovation for accelerated climate action across industry, government, and greater society?”

Climate Education Grants Announced

May 26, 2022

The Sustainability Hub would like to congratulate the recipients of 2022 Climate Education Grants, supporting faculty members who are looking to enhance their courses with climate change-related content. [...]

C.D. Howe Institute ranks UBC first in both climate change & endowment activities and their governance

May 18, 2022

Independent non-profit research institute The C.D. Howe Institute ranked UBC first in Climate Change and Endowment Activities, tied for top score with McMaster University, with an overall score of 4.2. UBC also placed first in Climate-change Governance practices, scoring 4.9 out of 5.0.   In 2020, UBC joined 16 major Canadian universities to launch Investing to Address […]

New toolkit helps tackle climate anxiety

May 11, 2022

Climate anxiety can take a toll on mental health and worsen existing mental health conditions among people who are anxious about climate change. UBC graduate student Natania Abebe, a registered nurse and mental health advocate, worked with other students and faculty experts at UBC to create a resource toolkit that can help educators and the general public when […]

UBC spin-off companies win $2 million in competition for carbon removal technology funded by the Musk Foundation

April 22, 2022

UBC spin-off Carbin Minerals will receive $1 million from XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation to remove thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The prize is part of the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition, funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation. (Another UBC spinoff, Takachar won the student version of the […]

Apr 21 Event: What Can Mother Trees Teach Us About Climate Justice?

April 12, 2022

What lessons can we draw to advance climate justice? Join UBC Professor of Forest Ecology, Suzanne Simard, and the Executive Directors of Sierra Club BC and CPAWS-BC, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Danielle Ignace, Associate Professor of Forestry.

Free public talk, tickets available for online webinar or in-person event.

Presented in partnership with CPAWS-BC and Sierra Club BC.

Ripples of Transformation – Reflecting on pathways for sustainability and climate justice

April 6, 2022

The growing climate emergency has prompted us to reflect on our understanding and approach to living sustainably within the limits of our planet. What are the stories of transformation that will support the creation of new (and re-newed) pathways for sustainability and climate justice?

How much are taxpayers really subsidizing Canada’s fossil fuel industry?

March 14, 2022

This CBC News article features climate justice issues highlighted by Temitope Onifade, International Doctoral Fellow, a Liu Scholar and a Vanier Scholar at UBC.

Issues include the disproportionate negative impacts of fossil fuel production on low-income, fossil fuel-dependent and Indigenous communities.

But how much funding are taxpayers actually giving the fossil fuel industry in different parts of the country? What's it used for? And what impact does it actually have?

Reflections on Climate Emergency Week 2022

March 11, 2022

In the spirit of community-building and #UBCClimateLove, the Sustainability Hub, Climate Hub, and AMS hosted UBC’s first Climate Emergency Week featuring conversations, actions, and celebrations. These events coincided with AMS Sustainability Week, February’s Move UBC campaign, and Black History Month. Events throughout the week were made possible thanks to funding from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and the UBC Wellbeing Strategic Initiatives Fund.

Mar 8: CSEG Distinguished Lecture: Geological storage of carbon and the role of Geophysics

March 4, 2022

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 12:30pmESB 5104 AND by Zoom Global efforts to reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions to the atmosphere are gaining momentum. Geological storage of CO2 is recognized as an important component of most reduction strategies and can contribute to the sequestration of excess CO2 already in the atmosphere. However, to be effective, the […]