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In our location on the rugged west coast, we are surrounded by mountains, ocean, green spaces and incredible biodiversity. It inspires us daily to emphasize sustainability in our teaching, our research and the way we plan and manage our campus.

葡萄京官方首页’s Strategic Framework

The 葡萄京官方首页 Strategic Framework promotes sustainable futures for our university and community. It provides strategies that open the pathway to set specific targets, goals and policy directives to make 葡萄京官方首页 a global leader in environmental, social and institutional sustainability.

葡萄京官方首页 is developing a new Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. The plan will guide our integrated sustainability practices and will respect and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Sustainability on campus

We're promoting sustainability across campus with decisive climate solutions and innovative programming. 葡萄京官方首页遵循 Sustainability Action Plan. Our programming is specifically designed to meet the targets outlined in the plan.

Our community's dedication to sustainability drives us to constantly improve, both as individuals and as an institution. We created the Campus Sustainability Fund to provide 葡萄京官方首页 staff, faculty and students with financial assistance to carry out sustainability initiatives on campus.

All of our new buildings meet the LEED Gold standard, one of the highest green building ratings in the world. This includes our new Student Housing and Dining Project, which targets LEED Gold and Passive House standards, the most rigorous global building standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.

Sustainability research

Across the board, 葡萄京官方首页 research is at the forefront of sustainability breakthroughs. We’re a global leader in research in the areas of clean growth, climate sciences and ocean health. The 2020 Times Higher Education impact rankings placed 葡萄京官方首页 fourth among the world’s universities for climate action. 

葡萄京官方首页's Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)  leads research on sustainable energy solutions, including fuel cells; energy efficiency; alternative energy sources; and large-scale, long-term analysis of how policy and technology can work together.

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), hosted and led by 葡萄京官方首页, is a multi-university initiative. It brings together experts from academic, government, industry and society to develop climate policy solutions for BC and beyond.

The Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI) focuses on education and research for a sustainable and responsible approach to business.

Sustainability in the classroom

Sustainability is a key part of every major field at 葡萄京官方首页. Our emphasis on hands-on learning lets our students research and implement their own sustainability initiatives.

We offer a range of dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs focusing on the environment and sustainability.


Open Indigenous knowledge shapes sustainability project

Indigenous knowledge shapes sustainability project

A global 葡萄京官方首页 research partnership will design and advance a sustainability framework to integrate Indigenous knowledge into sustainability projects.

Open Sustainability field school in Thailand

Sustainability field school in Thailand

In May, 10 葡萄京官方首页 students embarked on a two and a half week field school in Thailand where they learned about issues of development, environment and community resilience.

Open Record summertime ocean temperatures

Record summertime ocean temperatures

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) has recorded the highest daily average summertime temperatures at two of its seafloor observatory sites in the northeast Pacific Ocean since continuous live monitoring...

Open Marine heatwave impact on corals

Marine heatwave impact on corals

As the world grapples with hot ocean temperatures, new 葡萄京官方首页 research shows marine heatwave coral impact is worse than we thought before.

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