This newsletter features current events, courses and updates on sustainability education at UBC. It is produced by the Teaching, Learning & Research office of the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI).
Sustainability Degree Programs List
UBC offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that allow you to orient your degree around your sustainability subject area of interest. Visit the sustainability degree programs list to explore the many options. Included below are two examples.
MIF Master of International Forestry
The Master of International Forestry is a 10 month, professional master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills and tools required to address the social, environmental and business challenges related to global forest change.
Cities, Planning Law, and the Public Interest Dates: June 12
Locations: Indigenous Classroom, Room 123, Peter A. Allard School of Law
This lunchtime research panel highlights the current work of three legal scholars exploring themes related to cities and planning law. Professor Hoi Kong will discuss the relationship between municipal law, sustainable development and deliberative democracy. Professor Jocelyn Stacey will canvass Canadian disaster law and how it was implemented in response to the Fort McMurray wildfire. Professor Doug Harris will investigate the law in British Columbia that allows the proliferation of private communities of property owners. Find out more.
TH’OWXIYA: The Hungry Feast Dish Date: Various dates from June 24 – July 2
Time: Various Location: Roseline Sturdy Amphitheatre, UBC Botanical Garden
Six storytellers from the Kwantlen Village called Squa’lets spin the First Nations tale of TH’OWXIYA: THE HUNGRY FEAST DISH. Told through mask and music, the story will animate the UBC Botanical Garden for family audiences. Admission is free with reservation through Eventbrite. Get your tickets.
Sustainability Student Network
Do you want to stay informed of sustainability volunteer opportunities as they arise? By joining the Sustainability Student Network (SSN) you have access to volunteer opportunities, sustainability training, and network events with peers. Find out member benefits and apply to be a member.
Looking for Volunteers? Submit to the SSN
If you are hosting a sustainability-related event and are looking for volunteers, you can submit your opportunity to the Sustainability Student Network (SSN), an online resource where students find out about volunteer opportunities in the sustainability community. Learn the submission criteria and send in an opportunity to the SSN.
CELEBRATING SUSTAINABILITY AT UBC
20 Years of Sustainability at UBC
As UBC enters its second century, our work as a sustainability leader and agent of change is only just beginning. Join us in exploring how we got here and where we are headed, as we work toward becoming one of the most sustainable universities in the world.
Celebrating UBC’s Sustainability Champions
The Sustainability Soirée, held on May 16th, celebrated staff, faculty, and student contributions to sustainability on campus. Find out how you can get involved as a Sustainability Coordinator or with the SEEDS Sustainability Program on campus.
GreenChem UBC: Reuse Redesign Reduce GreenChemUBC (GCU) is a student-run organization with the vision of promoting chemistry which uses fewer resources, less energy, and has lower environmental impact. To bridge the gap between researchers and the public, the GCU and its members reached out to the Suzuki Elders and spread the word about sustainable research within the chemistry department. The two groups spent a productive morning discussing catalysis, biodegradable plastics, solar cells and CO2 conversion. Get involved or find out more by following us on Facebook or Instagram.
A Week of Car- Free Fun at UBC
From May 15-19, Walk ‘n Roll to School returned and encouraged kids (and parents) to leave their car at home and get walking, biking or rollerblading to school. This annual program is designed to promote healthy, safe and sustainable transportation. This year we ended Walk n’ Roll celebration week with something new: a Car Free Morning at Norma Rose Point School. For this, Ortona Road was transformed into a family-friendly festival where children enjoyed playing games, learning about nature and hanging out with police officers and firefighters while munching on healthy snacks.