Is BC’s Proposed Natural Gas Development Sustainable?

CIRS Building, November 28th. Panel Discussion: 4-5:30 pm, Open House: 4-7:00 pm. To register for the event, (it’s free!) and make sure that you get a seat, go to:

Exploring the Economic and Environmental Impacts. What natural gas projects are being considered in BC? Can BC achieve our 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets while developing natural gas? How is the global market for natural gas changing and what does that mean for BC [exports]? Join us for a panel discussion and an open house about BC’s natural gas strategy on Nov 28, 2013 at 4pm.

The event is free, but priority seating will be given to those who get their ticket through Eventbrite and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. Seating will be open to anyone 10 minutes before the event.

This event will be filmed and photographed. The audience may be included in the video and/or pictures taken. The video and/or pictures may be put online publicly but will never be sold in any manner.

If you wish to avoid being filmed or photographed please speak with the coordinators at the event. Best efforts will be made to accommodate you, but some recording may be unavoidable.

Featuring three expert panelists:

Jeremy Moorhouse, Clean Energy Canada
• Senior Analyst with Clean Energy Canada at Tides Canada
• Co-author of “The Cleanest LNG in the World?” report about BC’s proposed liquefied natural gas industry
• SFU Resource and Environmental Management Masters Student in the Energy and Materials Research Group
• Former Technical and Policy Analyst at the Pembina Institute (2005 to 2011)

Dr. Kathryn Harrison, UBC
• UBC Professor in the Department of Political Science
• Expert in environmental public policy relating to climate change
• Currently researching the comparative politics of carbon pricing
• Co-editor of “Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change” (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010)

Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, UBC
• UBC Professor at the Institute for Resources Environment & Sustainability and Liu Institute for Global Issues
• Currently researching technical, social, economic and environmental aspects of technology and public policy with a focus on energy systems
• Contributor to the IPCC and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
• Co-founder of Offsetters and HydroRun Technologies Inc.

Ripple Lab – Greenheart Canopy Walkway Tour

UBC Students can join us for a free tour while we highlight one of the interesting ways that UBC is embracing sustainability by partnering with like-minded organizations like Greenheart Conservation.

Tuesday, November 12th
12:00 p.m. UBC Botanical Garden

Please register for this event here:

Should We, and Can We, Phase Out Canada’s Oil Sands?

What: A lecture by Dr. John Grace addressing the Vancouver Institute.

When & Where: October 5, 2013 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Center.

Professor Grace holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy and is a co-founder of Membrane Reactor Technologies Ltd., a company focused on efficient hydrogen generation and use. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Chemical Institute of Canada. He has also received a host of awards, including the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering’s R.S. Jane Memorial Award, the Career Achievement Award of the Science Council of British Columbia, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Thomas Baron Award and its Dupont Particle Technology Forum Award and the Meritorious Achievement Award of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC. His Order of Canada is in recognition of his contributions to the development of cleaner technology for industrial processes and energy production.


When: September 13th 3:00pm – 8:00pm

FarmAde takes place at the UBC Farm and admission is FREE. FarmAde brings together UBC community members of all ages to celebrate community, local food and local Vancouver talent. The event also connects organizations and movements in support of sustainability, local food, and raise awareness about food security issues.

Festivities include:

  • Family-friendly local bands; featuring Washboard Union, Shout White Dragon, The Lina Dancers and more!
  • Vegan, vegetarian and low-impact beef burgers
  • Farm-fresh corn and organic UBC Farm veggies
  • A beverage garden featuring a local brewery
  • A supervised children’s area with face painting, bubble wands and more!
  • Free tours of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • Bike Valet (by donation)

The North American Energy Landscape – From Importer to Exporter?

Join panelists Lawrence Pitt, James Tansey, and Matt Horne alongside moderator Brent Sauder for a timely discussion on the state of North America’s unprecedented hydrocarbon landscape and its complex, new interplay with climate policy. Poster attached.

Free and open to the public. A light lunch is available at no charge, but participants are asked to register as space is limited:

When: Thursday, March 7th 12:30 – 1:30

Where: BC Hydro Theater, CIRS Building


Sustainability Fair

The first annual Sustainability Fair is coming to UBC! Stop by to discuss and explore sustainability.  Keynote at 11AM: Dr. John Robinson, Associate Provost, Sustainability.

  • Date: April 4, 2013
  • Time: 11AM-3PM
  • Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre main concourse

The Sustainability Fair will provide an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty interested in sustainability to learn what is happening on campus. Through engaging activities and informative displays, participants will explore involvement opportunities and learn how to incorporate sustainability into their studies.Sustainability fair_0

UBC Sustainability lunch n’ learn for Student Groups

UBC sustainability-related student groups are invited to discuss sustainability issues, connect and collaborate on events, and meet the UBC Sustainability Initiative team to learn about the resources and the support network available to them. The next event is Friday, February 8, 12-1 PM in the Policy Labs, CIRS. Light lunch will be served.

Register here.

Changing Social Norms on Climate Change

When: Monday January 21st, 3:00 – 4:00

Where: UBC Law at Allard Hall, 4th floor Terrace Lounge, 1822 East Mall

Dr. Stephen Sheppard, Professor in Forest Resources Management & Landscape Architecture, will lead a discussion based on his new book, “Visualizing climate change: A Guide to Visual Communication of Climate Change and Developing Local Solutions.” Please note, this event is free, includes a book signing and is open to faculty and grad student.

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