In this edition of the Campus + Community Planning newsletter we get to know Grant Miller, learn about some of C+CP’s staff who help manage water, roads, waste, and energy on campus, find out about upcoming events, and much more.
Campus and Community Planning
As public stewards, we are accountable for ensuring that any choices made about land, buildings, infrastructure and transportation serve UBC’s core academic mission and advance sustainability.
Introducing UBC’s New Director of Planning, Development Services
Grant Miller joined UBC’s Campus and Community Planning team in 2015 as the new Director of Planning, Development Services. He and his team are responsible for ensuring that buildings at UBC are built to be safe, and that campus projects contribute to a complete community where people can live, work, learn and play.
Q: What was your first job, and what life-long lesson did you learn from it?
I was a gas jockey in high school. “Can I check your oil sir?” That job taught me that gasoline can cause catastrophic damage to a diesel engine and that draining a fuel tank seems to take forever when an unhappy customer is watching.
Read the full Q&A online.
Stewards of campus: Managing UBC’s water, roads, waste, and energy
On the third floor of UBC’s Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), four offices hold water management plans, road and transit maps, energy efficiently plans, and images of campus recycling stations.
These offices belong to Doug Doyle, Krista Falkner, Ralph Wells, and Bud Fraser, four Campus and Community Planning staff members who are part of the Sustainability and Engineering team.
The Sustainability and Engineering team, under the leadership of John Madden, works closely with other units and departments across campus to support UBC’s sustainability goals by developing policies, programs, and plans, and reports.
Read more online.
Update: UBC Climage Action Plan 2020
On June 14th, UBC’s Board of Governors received Phase 1 of UBC’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2020, which focuses on actions related to reducing energy consumption on campus. Phase 2 of the plan, which will include energy supply recommendations, will be completed in early 2017.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the CAP 2020 consultation process, a summary of what we heard across the phases with responses can be found in the CAP 2020 Consultation Summary Report.
A copy of the CAP 2020 will be posted on UBC Sustain in the coming months.
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Development Permit Board Meeting
Five competing chefs will serve savoury morsels perfectly paired with local craft beer at Chef Challenge. An expert panel of judges will taste their way to crown the victorious challenger and guests will award the People’s Choice winner.
Tickets are available to purchase online.
Strata-Sphere is a new student-led project developed by four School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) students in collaboration with the SEEDS Sustainability Program and the UBC Arts and Culture District. The installation explores creative possibilities with the unique characteristics of wood and an interior lighting system illuminates the structure.
Yoga on the Mall
Reduce your stress and increase your personal wellbing with a free lunch-hour yoga session every Friday on Main Mall through August 12. Don’t forget to bring your mats (or practise on the grass) and a water bottle.
Chilling up to Save Over 7,000 KWH a Year
The Lab Energy Challenge, which took place April 19-May 13, was a fun opportunity for researchers to make small, sustainable improvements to their labs and conserve energy. The competition supported UBC’s Climate Action Plan and energy reduction goals by engaging and educating lab users about best practices in energy conservation.
Annual Event Recognizes Campus Sustainability Champions
The annual Sustainability Appreciation Luncheon, held on May 26, recognized staff, faculty, and students who help advance sustainability at UBC through their participation in the SEEDS Sustainability Program and the Sustainability Coordinator Program in offices and labs.
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