Operational Sustainability

Examples of C. Easton, Sustainability Operational Sustainability Experience

Climate: the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Climate Action Plan the basis of UBC’s aggressive reduction targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:  33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2015; 67 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020 and 100 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050.

Energy and Water Management: UBC/ BC Hydro joint initiatives directed at energy conservation and efficiency on campus. This work has resulted in reduced energy and water consumption and green house gas emissions, and related energy and water savings. UBC has achieved 6 per cent GHG emissions reduction against 1990 levels in core academic buildings as a result of this energy and water conservation work,

Green Buildings: the UBC Residential Environmental Assessment Program a unique green building rating system which, applies to low and high-rise building development in communities on campus. This seven point standard, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, construction, indoor air quality and innovation and design.

Zero Waste: the scope of work for the UBC Zero Waste Audit in collaboration with the University Neighborhood Association.

UBC 2006/2007 Sustainability Report: the first UBC comprehensive report on Inspirations and Aspirations, a campus wide sustainability strategy.   

Campus Engagement: a number of UBC campus student, faculty, staff and community engagement programs, including the award-winning Sustainability Coordinators (SC) Program which provided inspiration and resources to sustainable practices in UBC’s 300 departments.

Teck Resources Limited: the 2005 Sustainability Report using GRI guidelines. Undertake benchmark review using the Goldman Sachs Environment, Social and Governance Framework.

Sustainability Purchasing Network (SPN)(co-founder and manager):The Network supports organizations in their efforts to develop and improve their strategic supply chain management to ultimately influence positive environmental, social, ethical and economic impacts in BC and beyond.

Related Publications

Charlene Easton. Leadership that matters: Canadian universities and colleges demonstrate tomorrow’s low carbon world. This paper examines how universities and colleges from St. John's to Victoria not only are demonstrating leading-edge green technologies, but also along the way, they are helping businesses and communities to adapt to a greener future too. 2010.

Charlene Easton. UBC leadership on the climate agenda. This paper reviews key green house gas emissions strategies, and outcomes, and outlines UBC’s strategic directions on climate. 2008.

 
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