Carbon emissions are heating up the globe, and UBC has committed to some bold climate action to do our part.
The targets set out in UBC’s Climate Action Plan are ambitious, but there are lots of actions to do in your workplace, your home and beyond. Here are three quick ways to get started.
- Don’t drive alone—commute sustainably by bike, bus, carpool or walking instead
- Choose lower carbon food by eating local and eating less meat
- Reduce air travel and choose lower-carbon modes of business travel
Top Climate Action Tips
Measure your Carbon Footprint
Every action has an impact: Check out the Ecological Footprint Calculator, which helps determine the impact of lifestyle choices and how many planets we would need to sustain current consumption levels. The Global Footprint Network was founded by Mathis Wackernagel, who developed the Ecological Footprint concept as part of his doctoral research at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, along with Professor William Rees.
Reduce Energy Use
Reduce energy use: The energy used to operate UBC’s buildings (heating, cooling, lighting and plug loads) generates the majority of the University’s carbon emissions annually. Visit the Energy Conservation Toolkit for tips on reducing energy consumption in your building or lab.
Commute sustainably: UBC is the second largest commuter destination in Metro Vancouver. Daily commuting to and from campus produced 41,700 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2017. Visit Commute Sustainably for tips to reduce commuting related emissions.
Reduce Air Travel
Offsets and more: UBC measures emissions related to business travel in UBC’s GHG inventory. In 2017, faculty and staff air travel generated 16,700 tonnes of GHG emissions. Reduce personal and business-related air travel and choose lower carbon travel options, such as teleconference, videoconference, or driving/carpooling. View our Business Travel guidelines.
Reduce your Paper Use
Paper reduction: UBC is mandated to report emissions associated with paper consumption. Every year, UBC must demonstrate the steps we’re taking to reduce paper use on campus. Find out how your department can reduce its paper use through the Waste Reduction toolkit.
Choose lower carbon food options
Choose low carbon food options: GHG emissions from the agricultural sector are responsible for eight per cent of Canada’s total emissions - and transportation and meat production are the biggest contributors.