In this issue, we highlight an innovative SEEDS Sustainability Program project which gives a new spin to green walls, summary reports from the UBC Next Century strategic planning process, a celebration for UBC community grant recipients, and more!
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Revolving Gardens puts a new spin on green walls
UBC mechanical engineering students have put a new spin on the green wall with the recently installed Revolving Gardens, a SEEDS Sustainability Program project in the AMS Student Nest
The innovative green wall is comprised of several, large wooden pods with hanging plants positioned along windows in the foyer of the Great Hall.
What makes this version of a green wall unique is that the pods slowly spin to catch the sunlight during the day thanks to a solar panel. The plants also water and fertilize themselves courtesy of a custom-built automatic irrigation system.
During March and April of this year, UBC to gathered feedback and ideas on the plan’s draft vision statement, core commitments, strategic priorities and directions for change feedback on several strategic priorities through an online survey and open houses at UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. The survey resulted in responses from 7,500 community members and 350 community members attended open houses.
Read about the strategic planning process and the summary reports on the feedback heard so far. Utown@UBC Community Grants Celebration
A recent gathering was held to recognize the people behind community projects made possible through UTown@UBC grants.
Keynote speaker, Nihal Elwan, shared her experience using a small grant from the Vancouver Foundation to help Syrian women kick-start pop-up dinners.
Get your tickets for the Chef Challenge on July 20
Chefs from Open Kitchen, AMS Conferences and Catering, BierCraft, Koerner’s Pub, and Land and Food Systems will go head to head on July 20 for the Fourth Annual UBC Chef Challenge.
You’re invited to join the competition to sample food and craft beer duos and then vote on your favourite creations.
Tickets are limited, and range from $20-35, which includes entry, local food and craft beer samples, games, and live music.
UBC tops Bike to Work Week, again
Thousands of UBC cyclists participated in the spring edition of Bike to Work Week, a competition designed to encourage and support cycling across Metro Vancouver. And once again, UBC tops the list for 1000+ employees.
Passive houses to play a bigger role in fight against climate change
These ultra-efficient dwellings, that use a fraction of the energy used to heat regular homes, are increasingly seen as a solution to rising greenhouse gas emissions as cities take the lead on fighting climate change.
New National Soccer Development Centre opens
This month the Vancouver Whitecaps moved into the new Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) at the UB Vancouver campus.
Drop-in wheelchair basketball
Starting July 14, 5-7pm, drop-in on a series of Wheelchair Basketball skill sessions and games throughout the summer.
Free yoga on the mall
Grab your mat & take a break!
Join us every Wednesday 12-1 pm for an outdoor flow yoga class and reset your day. People of all ages and levels are welcome to join. Learn more.