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BCSEA Webinar: UBC - A living laboratory for sustainability

Webinar
Oct 23 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

UBC – A living laboratory for sustainability

The University of British Columbia has a long history of addressing sustainability, both in its campus operations and in its teaching and research. For most of that history, these efforts were largely pursued in parallel, with operations personnel rarely considering how UBC research or teaching might inform their decisions on energy, buildings, transportation and the like, and academic faculty rarely considering the ways in which their efforts might positively impact campus operations. This all changed in 2010. This presentation will share the the vision and policies and that led to the setting of aggressive climate action targets and the creation of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, charged with deeply integrating the University's academic and operational sustainability under two themes: ‘the campus as a living laboratory’ and 'the university as an agent of change.’

Presenter: with Orion Henderson, Director of Operational Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. In this role, he directs the activities of the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO).

The Office is responsible for facilitating the identification and implementation of sustainability initiatives in the planning, development and operation of the campus lands and facilities, for engaging the community in sustainability initiatives and creating incentives for sustainable behaviours among staff faculty and students.

Orion develops strategic plans for the CSO and is responsible for directing the development, planning, managing, monitoring and evaluation of CSO programs. Orion received his BEng in Chemical Engineering from CIT, Ireland and his MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, England.

The webinar is free. To Register, click here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/496101802