In this issue of the Campus and Community Planning newsletter we take a look at the work of the caretakers of UBC’s urban forest, UBC’s rating as a sustainable campus, the stunning results of beautifying an ordinary public space, and 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.
Taking care of UBC’s urban forest
When trees on UBC’s Vancouver campus need to be removed for health and safety reasons, Campus and Community Planning works together with teams from UBC Building Operations, and stakeholders in the affected area to let them know that the removal has been recommended, when it will be taking place, and alternate uses for the tree.
UBC’s professional arborists, who monitor the health of UBC’s 10,000 native and 8,000 planted trees, are the ones who inform about a tree’s health, and when needed, recommend its removal.
With such a vast expanse of land on campus and thousands of trees representing diverse species, UBC’s arborists have no shortage of ground to cover in their work.
UBC Horticulturist/Arboriculturist Collin Varner has worked at UBC for 34 years and recently shared some of his perspective on the job with us.
In the Spotlight
Join us November 26 for UBC Community Conversations
Bring your family and join your neighbours for a smashing afternoon of UNA and C+CP updates, free food and refreshments, mini tennis games and guided kids’ activities.
Staff from the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) and UBC Campus + Community Planning will be serving up info on the UNA 2017/18 budget process, updates on the UBC GamePlan athletics and recreation facilities strategy planning process, and more.
Date: November 26, 2016
UBC a top performer in latest sustainable campus index from AASHE
UBC has been recognized as a top performer for its efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and overall achievement in sustainability innovation as a research institution.
The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index, released by the Association for the Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education, recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability related to academics, engagement, operations, and administration.
Beautify My Bike Cage mural contest winner announced
Meet UBC Faculty of Arts student Sofia Shamsunahar, winner of the first Beautify my Bike Cage Contest – a mural contest designed to being colour to underutilized Bike Cages on campus. Inspired by the natural beauty from the view at UBC’s Rose Garden, Sofia took her creativity and passion for cycling culture to beautify an underutilized space on campus.
Business as a Force for Good: The Opportunities in Sustainability and Social Impact
Join UBC faculty member Tamar Milne for a discussion on the importance of values in business, and the business case for sustainability and social impact.
Date: November 17, 2016
Register today to reserve a seat.
UBC Reads Sustainability presents Simran Sethi
Join globally renowned author Simran Sethi at UBC Reads Sustainability as she discusses loss of agricultural biodiversity, efforts to conserve endangered foods and ways we can help save the foods we love.
Presented by UBC Sustainability Initiative, The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and the Future of Food Global Dialogue Series
Date: November 10, 2016
Tickets are between $5 and $10 available for purchase online.
Flu vaccine clinics at UBC for students, staff, and faculty
Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Getting the flu shot is your best protection against the flu bug. UBC is offering free flu shots to students, faculty and staff.
Check out the list of clinics to see which one suits your schedule and save a date with us—it’s better than a date with a bug!
Yoga in CIRS
Find your zen – bring a yoga mat and join us for free lunch hour yoga at UBC’s hub for sustainability and wellbeing, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS).
Sessions take place from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm every two weeks until December 22, 2016.
The full schedule is available online. Please register in advance as space is limited.
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