In this edition of the Campus + Community Planning newsletter we recognize UBC’s achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the work of C+CP’s John Madden, learn about how one UBC graduate student is working on collaboration principles with the Musqueam and UBC, get ready for Summer on Main Mall, 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.
Advancing UBC’s Sustainability Goals: A Q&A with John Madden
As UBC releases its Carbon Neutral Action Report, an update on its climate action initiatives, we sat down with John Madden, Director of Sustainability and Engineering, Campus and Community Planning, to understand what it takes to be a climate neutral campus.
Q: What is your role in regards to UBC’s climate action initiatives?
A: My role is to direct the work of Sustainability and Engineering in developing a plan that sets UBC on a course to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. We develop and deliver policies and programs that help us move toward our aggressive Climate Action target of 67% reduction below 2007 levels by 2020.
Connecting Communities: Principles for Musqueam and UBC Collaboration
“We all have a role to play in building a strong relationship between UBC and Musqueam, if not by direct collaboration, by education and awareness,” says Aaron Lao, a Master of Arts (School of Community and Regional Planning) candidate.
As a UBC Sustainability Scholar, Aaron worked with the Musqueam First Nation to identify principles for collaboration and engagement between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Musqueam First Nation around sustainability and wellbeing.
UBC’s Vancouver campus is located on the unceded, traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation. Today, about half of approximately 1,300 Musqueam members live in the main Musqueam village, located adjacent to the southeastern portion of the University Endowment Lands.
In the Spotlight
Development Permit Board Meeting
The University Boulevard Site D development permit will be presented to the Development Permit Board on:
August 10, 2016
Summer on the Mall
August 15 to 19
Speed Limit Decrease Along 16th Avenue
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has decreased the posted speed limit along West 16th Avenue to 50km/h from Blanca Street west to the existing 50km/h zone on UBC campus. This has created a consistent speed limit along the West 16th Avenue corridor to increase safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Community Shuttle Detour
The Community Shuttles, C18 West Mall & C20 Marine Drive, have been detoured off of Ross Drive to avoid construction and frequent road closures. Shuttles will travel along Gray Avenue and Westbrook Mall, but there are no changes to bus stop locations. This detour will be in effect until December 16, 2016.
Construction and Detour Map
Check out the weekly updated construction and detour map for UBC’s Vancouver campus and make navigating around campus easier.
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre Shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival
The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre has been shortlisted in this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards in the Higher Education and Research – Completed Buildings. The award winner will be announced on November 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
Leaving UBC and Our Communities Better Than We Found Them
After spending a year away from UBC, Stephanie Aitken returned feeling the need to restore her wellbeing and work to empower others to do the same. A graduate student and UBC Sustainability Scholar, Stephanie spent 2015 working with Wellbeing at UBC as part of their “Conversations in Wellbeing” project. The initiative seeks to build a happier, healthier and more sustainable campus community.
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