LFS Community Meeting


LFS Community Meeting, March 23

The next Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff, and students will take place on Wednesday, March 23 from 12:00-1:00 pm in FNH 50 (add to calendar).  Coffee and cookies will be provided.

UBC Sustainability News


Date: April 7th, 2016

Time: 12:00PM – 2:00PM Location: UBC’s Old Auditorium Forget everything you know about global warming. On April 7th, join UBC Reads as we welcome Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, columnist, and #1 international bestselling author, as she delivers her most provocative talk yet. Register.

Sustainability Research Symposium Date: March 18th, 2016 Time: 11AM- 3:45PM Location: BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS  This year’s symposium will feature 4 guest speakers, a poster session, as well as 7 doctoral students presenting their research in Pecha Kucha format. Register.

Eating Sustainably for Wellbeing Date: March 23rd, 2016 Time: 11AM- 2PM Location: The AMS Student Nest Eating sustainably is not only beneficial for the planet, but it is crucial for the health and wellbeing of an individual. Stop by the lower level of the AMS Nest to enhance your knowledge about food sustainability, and try a free organic lunch and desert! Learn more.

Call for Applications: Sustainability Scholars Program (Paid Internship Opportunities) The UBC Sustainability Initiative is pleased to offer funded internship projects with community partners. Current graduate students at UBC Vancouver, from all academic disciplines, are eligible to apply. Applications for our next round of summer projects will be open until March 22nd, 2016. Apply.

Join a Ripple. Make a Wave UBC’s Annual Ripple Effect Campaign is back! Celebrate campus sustainability from March 14th-18th with fun events and labs which highlight sustainability initiatives in interesting and unexpected ways. Don’t forget to share your experience with us! Learn more. #RippleEffectUBC

UBC Releases 2014-2015 Annual Sustainability Report UBC’s 636 sustainability-oriented courses, 48 sustainability-related programs, a significant reduction in emissions, and a clear focus on community wellbeing illustrate a few examples of sustainability in action across UBC this past year. Read the report.

Love Your Leftovers Festival Did you know that Canadians waste over $15 billion worth of food at home each year? Learn about fun and practical ways to reduce food waste at this Ripple Lab through a cooking demo, booths, and Jenny Rustemeyer’s talk ‘Just Eat It’. More information.

Beautify My Bike Cage Mural Contest Calling all artists and cycling enthusiasts! Design and paint a climate and cycling-themed mural that covers the entire wall in the AERL bike cage. Open to all current UBC students, staff and faculty. Submit your design by March 14th for the chance to win. Learn more.

Building a Strong BC: Climate Leadership Plan- Your Chance to Contribute There are a few weeks left to make submissions on the BC government’s next Climate Leadership Plan. To help get started, attend one of two expert panel discussions on what our options are, and how to best support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Join the discussion on March 8th downtown, or on March 14th here at UBC.

UTown@UBC Wellbeing Grant  Have a great idea to promote health, wellbeing and social sustainability on campus? Apply for a UTown@UBC Wellbeing Grant and you could receive up to $1000 towards a project that advances wellbeing for the UBC community. More information.

World Water Week On March 21st-27th, the David Suzuki Foundation will be launching a World Water Week Campus Challenge. By signing the pledge and sharing your thoughts about the rights to water in Canada on social media using the hashtag #Waterls and #UBC, you have the chance to win a chat with David Suzuki! Learn more and sign the pledge.

Wild About Vancouver Festival WAV is an outdoor education festival aimed at showcasing fun and learning across the city. They are currently looking for community partners to host events for the upcoming Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival. Learn more and submit an idea.


Contact Us UBC Sustainability Initiative Teaching, Learning & Research Office Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) 2260 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1L4 For newsletter inquiries email: usi.tlr@ubc.ca www.sustain.ubc.ca

Forestry Event


Public Lecture

co-sponsored by the

Master of International Forestry (MIF) program, Faculty of Forestry, UBC

“Forests, People & Food: Why trees are good for you”

Dr Terry Sunderland, Principal Scientist, CIFOR (Centre for International Forestry Research)

Thursday, March 10th

Forest Sciences Centre (FSC) Room 1005

4:30-5:00pm: catered reception

5:00-7:00pm: public lecture with Q&A

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IUFoST 2016 – Deadline for Submission of Abstracts Fast Approaching!


Don’t miss an opportunity to present at IUFoST, 21st – 25th August 2016!

We would like to remind you that the deadline for receiving abstract submissions for IUFoST Dublin 2016 is March 18th.

We are inviting submissions across a wide variety of themes spanning all areas of food science and technology. The tentative programme can be viewed here, don’t miss your chance to have your name appear in this programme as an oral or poster presenter.

Further information on the submissions process can be viewed on our website www.iufost2016.com along with format templates which you can download.  If you have already set up an account on the submissions portal please make sure you confirm your submission to finalise the process.

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Don’t forget to register for IUFoST 2016 now to avail of the early bird discounted registration fee. This special introductory fee is only available until 18th May.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ireland in August.

CONFORWest 2016


The CONFORWest 2016 graduate student conference is approaching and we would like to encourage graduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in this unique opportunity.

CONFORWest is an annual conference for graduate and senior level undergraduate students, who are studying environmental sciences, forestry, and other natural resource management fields (including social sciences and humanities).

It is organized by graduate students from northwestern North America, who hope to provide a unique and comfortable forum for discussing future challenges in resource management fields, while building networks with peers. We hope to expose graduate students to varying perspectives on environmental and forestry research from outside their disciplines and to encourage meaningful dialogue between students of different research backgrounds.

CONFORWest 2016 will be held from April 8-11, 2016 at the Barrier Lake Field Center in beautiful Kananaskis, AB. The abstract submission deadline is March 11th 2016.

For additional information visit our website at www.conforwest.ca or contact us at conforwest@gmail.com Sincerely, The CONFORWest 2016 organizing committee