Progress

The strategic priority areas below are representative of the UBC community’s response, care and commitment to urgent climate action.

UBC is taking a distributed approach to implementation with responsibility embedded across all parts of the University.

To ensure the CETF report recommendations remain a top priority, The UBC Sustainability Initiative has dedicated a new team to convening and coordinating stakeholders towards action.

The progress reports below represent efforts to synthesize the actions of many different student, faculty, and staff groups across campus.

Operationalize UBC’s commitments to climate justice: support climate leadership and initiatives led by Indigenous, Black, and people of colour.

Projects and activities so far focus on hiring and fairly compensating IBPOC community members, and extending resources to IBPOC communities off-campus to advance climate change and climate justice.

Demonstrate institutional leadership on climate justice.

Project

Progress

Responsible Investing Strategic Plan: UBC’s Board of Governors endorsed UBC IMANT’s comprehensive Responsible Investing Strategic Plan.

Bar indicating 75% completion
$214 million transitioned: Since the beginning of 2020, UBC has transitioned $214 million to fossil-fuel-free or low carbon investments — representing over 20% of our public equity holdings.

Establish mechanisms and processes that ensure Indigenous perspectives, communities and worldviews shape the development and implementation of climate-related initiatives and policies.

Efforts to support this strategic priority area are emerging as UBC’s new Climate Emergency Senior Managers explore opportunities to use UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) and Self-Assessment Tools to support embedding Indigenous perspectives into climate-related policies and initiatives.

Expand, strengthen and coordinate climate research at UBC.

UBC’s core contributions to the climate crisis will be made through its primary roles of teaching and research.
Project

Progress

Centre for Climate Justice: World-renowned climate activist and author – Naomi Klein – has joined UBC faculty and is playing a key role in building the new Centre.

Climate Change Research Symposium: The symposium brought together hundreds of researchers from multiple faculties to enhance the potential to significantly impact climate change through research and innovation.

Bar indicating 100% completion

Foster a culture of engagement and advocacy on climate action.

Project

Progress

UBC sent a delegation of eight to COP26 in Glasgow in November, following an open contest for students, faculty, and staff.

Bar indicating 50% completion
Student Academic Advocacy Toolkit developed by the UBC Climate Hub to support undergraduate students.

Bar indicating 100% completion

Expand climate education opportunities and resources for the UBC community and broader public.

UBC is strengthening efforts to ensure that all undergraduate and graduate students have access to climate education within their discipline, supporting further climate education pedagogy and curriculum development, and expanding climate-related professional development opportunities.

Support community wellbeing in the face of the climate crisis.

UBC is beginning to develop mental health, resilience & eco-anxiety supports, skills, and services for UBC community members through a lens of climate and racial justice, and greater public discourse around climate change and public health impacts.

Develop new and strengthen existing partnerships to tackle the climate emergency.

Project

Progress

Vienna House Living Lab: UBC’s first off-campus Living Lab project involving research during the design and construction of a new housing community.

UC3 Fellows Pilot Program: UBC led pilot program that invites UC3 member universities to award full- and part-time fellowships to postdocs, graduate students, faculty, and staff to advance collaborative climate action projects.

Bar indicating 50% completion

Accelerate emissions reductions at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan in response to the Climate Emergency.

Emissions reductions have been a priority for UBC for the past two decades. UBC’s upcoming Climate Action Plan 2030 has, for the first time, explicitly committed to reducing emissions from extended impact sources beyond the University’s direct control – these include emissions from UBC-related commuting, food systems, waste and materials, and business air travel.