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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change, John Robinson

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John Robinson Associate Provost, Sustainability, University of British Columbia Sustainability Initiative

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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change, John Robinson

  1. 1. Campus as Regional Sustainability Test-Bed Universities uniquely suited for this role: • Single (owner-) occupiers • Public mandate • Teaching • Research Work with private, public and NGO partners to apply this knowledge Develop integrated campus- scale systems: • Demonstration and research • Engage and train students; new curricula & programs
  2. 2. UBC at a Glance 400+ Buildings 600+ Hectares Operating Budget $2.1B
  3. 3. 1996 2002 2008 2014 Opens C.K Choi Building, setting new green building benchmarks worldwide Integrates sustainability as a core pillar in UBC’s highest level strategic plan Meets Kyoto Protocol GHG reduction targets for academic buildings 5 years early Canada`s first university to adopt a sustainable development policy Approval of 20 Year Sustainability Strategy Opens Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Sets bold targets to reduce GHG emissions 33% by 2015 67% by 2020 100% by 2050 Sustainability Milestones
  4. 4. Operational Academic Institutional Culture Change Operational Academic
  5. 5. Limits Storyline • Harm reduction • Damage limitation • Mitigation • Cutting back • Sacrifice Sustainability Discourse Problems • Not motivating • Doesn’t go far enough • Mostly environmental • Scientistic
  6. 6. Goal Simultaneously increase human & environmental well-being Questions What processes? At what scale? Role of universities… Regenerative Sustainability • From less bad to more good • From reducing damage to creating benefits • From sacrifice to contribution • From net zero to net positive
  7. 7. Two Cross-cutting Themes Campus as Living Lab Agent of Change
  8. 8. Climate Action Plan Indicators Performance Indicator 2007 2014 Change from 2007 to 2014 GHG Emissions (tonnes CO2e) 61,082 47,814 -22% Student Enrolment (FTE) 37,589 44,388 +18% GHG Emissions per Student (tonnes CO2e/FTE) 1.62 1.08 -34% Floor Space (square meters) 1,284,462 1,429,847 +11% GHG Emissions per square meter (tonnes CO2e/m2) 0.048 0.033 -30% 0 20 40 60 80 100 2007 2015 2020 2050
  9. 9. Teaching & Learning Vision: Integration across the University Each student, regardless of their degree program, should have access to an education in sustainability via a “sustainability learning pathway” (UBC Sustainability Academic Strategy, 2009) Sustainability Pathways
  10. 10. Sustainable Community Indicators 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 1997 2013 Daytime Population Auto Trips Transit Parking Residents
  11. 11. NEXT GENERATION SUSTAINABILITY AT UBC Teaching, Learning and Research Operations and Infrastructur e UBC Community

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