In 2018, UBC Okanagan reduced its operational carbon emissions by 29 per cent, which is the equivalent of taking nearly 200 cars off the road for one year.
This reduction saved the university $23,000 in carbon-offset payments, a requirement of the BC government’s Climate Change Accountability Act. The Sustainability Office, Campus Planning and Development, has been tracking, reporting and helping support measures to offset in-scope carbon emissions since 2010. This year’s achievements are largely attributable to efforts in increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings, accompanying behaviour-change programs, and connection of new buildings to the campus’ low-carbon district energy system.
The Sustainability Office recognizes and thanks the many faculty and staff that help us complete the work required to achieve compliance with provincial legislation.
Download the 2018 Carbon Neutral Action Report to learn more about UBC Okanagan greenhouse gas reduction efforts, including development of the first Passivhaus building on campus.
The report is available at: sustain.ok.ubc.ca/reports/cnar