Our Commitment To Sustainability

Posted on behalf of Jennifer Kerr

The UBC Okanagan campus is located within the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship is maintained in UBC’s respect for sustainability and the land. We reached out to ES Okanagan team members to find out how they contribute to sustainability in their daily lives. We received an overwhelming number of inspiring responses, with many common themes emerging.  We’ve compiled those responses into the image below to illustrate the actions we take – both big and small – to take care of our environment.

One response in particular stood out as a reminder of our extreme commitment to sustainability:

I absolutely refuse to use plastic bags when shopping. If I forget my cloth bags, I pretend that if I were to take a plastic bag from the store, the consequence would be death. By stoning. As I walked to my car. By small, angry village people. I have used my lunch containers, my purse, a shoebox in my car, a big blue gardening bin – all as carry-out options to ward off the imaginary stone-carrying village people. I have even a couple times, just loaded everything into the cart and threw it in the back of the car. You do that a couple times and you will ALWAYS remember to pack your bags.

More of ES Okanagan’s Favourite Places and Things To Do

Campus Trails Map

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the Okanagan campus, it features a variety of settings and state-of-the-art facilities that offer a perfect lunch-time escape. There are also some wonderful activities, groups, and events that many of us in ES Okanagan enjoy participating in.  See the list of our favourites

below, and the reasons we keep going back:

Where: Campus Trails

Why: Experience the beauty of our rural campus, re-energize, catch up with colleagues, commune with nature, savour a moment of peace and solitude during a busy day.

Where: UBC Library

Why: You can browse the books forever!

What: University Choir

Why: Find your voice while connecting with others who love music.

What: Anime Club

Why: Meet others who appreciate this much-loved genre.

Where: The Commons

Why: The Comma has the best lemon lavender donuts, excellent gluten-free baked goods, and tasty market bowls, while the building itself offers some of the best views on campus.

Where: Hangar

Why: Join a group fitness class to work off some steam or enjoy some shavasana in a yoga class to break up your work day.

What: Staff & Faculty Sports Day

Why: Put together a team to compete in this fun-filled event and learn who amongst you is a master rock/paper/scissor champion and who can spike a volleyball while sitting on the floor!

Where: International Programs & Services

Why: IPS offers such a welcoming space where there are often events happening for all to enjoy, and everyone at the office is so friendly!

Where: Aboriginal Centre

Why: Aboriginal Programs & Services (APS) hosts a weekly luncheon in the Aboriginal Centre where you can connect with students, staff, and elders.

What: UBCO Gardening Club

Why: If you’re a green thumb, this is a great way to connect with nature and other people who have similar interests.

UBCO: Register for Staff & Faculty Sports Day 2019

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Whether you want to participate as an office, department, group of colleagues or an individual, there’s an activity designed for everyone.  Teams to consist of 4-6 individuals will be asked to complete a minimum number of challenges. If you are registering as an individual you will be placed on a team to complete the challenges.

Register for Sports Day 2019

Get Involved and Volunteer!

Volunteers are an essential part of Sports Day, and critical to the event’s success. If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, please email Lyndsay Arnot at lyndsay.arnot@ubc.ca.  We appreciate your support!