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Wg2 hong kong iscn usi presentation jun 18 2015

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Wg2 hong kong iscn usi presentation jun 18 2015

  1. 1. Regenerative Sustainability at UBC: Beyond Harm Reduction Presentation to WG2 Session on Campus-wide Planning and Target Setting ISCN 2015 Conference Hong Kong John Robinson UBC Jun 18, 2015
  2. 2. Key Characteristics of Sustainability at UBC Regenerative Sustainability Institutional Culture Change Campus as Test-Bed Two Cross-Cutting Themes
  3. 3. UBC Campus as Living Lab – 50,000 students – 14,000 staff and faculty – 20,000 residents – 15 million square feet building floor space – 48,000 tonnes GHG (2014)
  4. 4. UBC’s Climate Change goals (Mar, 2010) • achieved Kyoto targets (-6%) for core academic buildings in 2007 (with 35% growth in floorspace) • New targets: - 33% by 2015 - 67% by 2020 -100% by 2050 Climate Action Plan Goals Size of energy challenge: • eliminate fossil fuels • no new electricity transmission lines to campus • ~35% growth in research and residential floorspace by 2030 0 20 40 60 80 100 2007 2015 2020 2050
  5. 5. Current Signature Projects Continuous Optimization of Campus Buildings Demand-Side Supply-Side Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) Steam to Hot Water Conversion of Campus District Energy System Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project $150 million of capital investment
  6. 6. 2007-2014 Performance • 22% absolute GHG reduction compared to 2007 levels • 34% reduction per FTE student compared to 2007 levels
  7. 7. GHG from Electrical tCO2/yr GHG from Int. Gas tCO2/yr GHG from Oil tCO2/yr GHG from Biomass (50%MC) tCO2/yr GHG from Gas tCO2/yr GHG Fleet, Fuel, Triumf and paper -‐ 20,000 40,000 60,000 UBC Climate Action Plan Targets
  8. 8. Climate Action Plan Schedule Spring/Summer 2015 - preliminary technical analysis; stakeholder engagement to identify potential actions for consideration Late Summer/Fall 2015 - assessment and evaluation of potential actions Winter/Spring 2016 - prepare and finalize the Plan April 2016 - final plan will be presented for approval to the Board of Governors Steering Committee of operational staff, faculty and students
  9. 9. UBC Strategic Plan Campus Plans • Resource Conservation Plans • Community Plans Implementation • Technical and Design Guidelines • Unit-level Frameworks • Engagement Strategy and Program Plans Operational Sustainability Strategy 2013-16 Energy & Emissions Water Materials & Waste Commuting & Getting Around Campus Housing & Amenities Engagement Programs Integration
  10. 10. Campus Resource Conservation Plan Campus Community Plans Climate Action Plan UBC Land Use Plan Community Energy & Emissions Plan (in development) Vancouver Campus Plan Zero Waste Action Plan (in development) Public Realm Plan Water Conservation Action Plan (in development) Housing Action Plan Green Building Strategy (TBD) Neighbourhood Plans Transportation Plan Integrated Stormwater Management Plan Campus Plans
  11. 11. Implementation: Unit Level Sustainability Frameworks
  12. 12. Social Sustainability UBC Wellbeing Initiative • Access & diversity • Intercultural understanding • First Nations • Sport & Sustainability • Healthy Campus initiative • Community Engagement initiative • Community Service Learning Initial Priorities • Mental health • Physical activity • Inclusion & connection • Food & nutrition • Transportation • Natural & built environments  Human Wellbeing
  13. 13. 13 Greenest City Scholars, 2014 59 students (2010-14); 8/40 hired in first four years
  14. 14. Nexus program Scholars 39 grad students SEEDS ~800 students CCEL 3900 students Work-learn 2600 students Thousands of students working with partners on sustainability projects: • Off campus/on campus • Grad/undergrad • For credit/not for credit • Unpaid/paid
  15. 15. Innovator Working Group Members: • UBC (co-founder) • Arizona State (co-founder) • U Texas – Austin • UC Davis Regular meetings and exchanges: • Share knowledge • Compare best practice North America leaders in campus energy & climate programs
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Sustainability Learning Pathway Yr 1 Yr 1/2 Yr 3/4 Yr 4 Capstone/Leadership Course Sustainability Electives (courses vetted for sustainability attributes) Real World Experience (e.g. SEEDS, CLL, Co-op, etc.) SustainabilityLearning Community Introductory Course (e.g. SCI 220) First Year Courses with Sustainability Embedded
  18. 18. NEXT GENERATION SUSTAINABILITY AT UBC Teaching, Learning and Research Operations and Infrastructur e UBC Community
  19. 19. Engagement Summary 2,000+ ENGAGED
  20. 20. Musqueam Acknowledgement Strategy developed in the spirit of respectful collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation. First Nations
  21. 21. At UBC's Vancouver campus, sustainability means simultaneous improvements in human and environmental wellbeing, not just reductions in damage or harm. By 2035, such regenerative sustainability is embedded across the University throughout teaching, learning, research, partnerships, operations and infrastructure, and the UBC community. Vision UBC is a vibrant, healthy and resilient community, deeply engaged with its neighbours, surrounding region, partners around the world, and in a supportive and mutually respectful relationship with the Musqueam people.
  22. 22. Teaching, Learning and Research • Sustainability learning pathways • Preferred destination for students • Sustainability research and scholarship excellence
  23. 23. Operations and Infrastructure • Sustainability lens • Integrated campus-scale systems • Regenerative, net-positive sustainability
  24. 24. Community • Affordable and diverse housing • Wellbeing and social sustainability • Sustainable live-work-learn community • Integrated and sustainable food systems
  25. 25. 20YS Next Steps • Identify gaps and opportunities and develop an implementation roadmap • Socialize strategy and communicate progress • Convene working groups (food, social sustainability) to develop plans • Map metrics to the strategy components • Leverage the Campus as a Living Lab to explore regenerative sustainability
  26. 26. Lessons Learned • Importance of leadership – Strategic institutional priority • Institutional culture change is critical – Not just academic excellence and cost-saving – Connect the pyramid and the plain • Power of a positive goal: regenerative sustainability • Critical importance of enabling role
  27. 27. Replication? • Need to make strategic case • Enlist existing on-campus champions – Existing courses – Students! • Build external partnerships • Quick wins – e.g. Scholars program Top- down + Bottom -Up

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