Winter Biking Workshop

To get ready for the upcoming Winter Bike to Work Week, Transportation Planning is offering a workshop on winter riding in Raincity.

This intermediate-level workshop is perfect for those who ride to work in the summer and are thinking of trying it in the fall or winter. You’ll learn more advanced tips and tricks about biking to work in Vancouver’s winter riding conditions, including:
• Dressing for the weather (staying warm and dry)
• More advanced cycling safety
• Advanced use of your gears
• Cold-weather care for your bike
• Lights and visibility
• Information on UBC specific resources: bike cages, lockers, etc.
• Bike maps and other resources will also be provided

Date: October 19, 2011
Time: 12 noon – 1pm
Location: I. K. Barber Learning Centre, Room 182
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The Terry Global Speaker Series Presents Bill McKibben

Wednesday, November 16th at 12:30 at the Chan Center

Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, author, and activist. Hailed “the world’s best green journalist” by Time magazine, McKibben has re-framed the climate change debate. He is the author of a dozen books about the environment, including his seminal The End of Nature (1989), widely regarded as the first book on climate change for a general audience.
Bill McKibben will be speaking at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia. Tickets will be available in the Chan Centre box office and free to all UBC students, staff, and faculty. Stay tuned to for updates.
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PICS SFU/UBC Fall Lecture Series

Lecture #2: Climate policies for real-world politics

On Thursday, October 20, 2011 Dr. Kathryn Harrison, UBC and Dr. Mark Jaccard, SFU come together to discuss “Climate policies for real-world politics.” Reflect with Mark on critical questions, such as “What do you do when your government knowingly permits investments that prevent it from meeting its promises?” Consult with Kathryn on how the Canadian political system may need to change to address the new global climate reality.

What: “Climate policies for real-world politics” lecture
5p to 7p on Thursday, October 20, 2011
C680 – HSBC Hall, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
Register: This event is free of charge and open to the public, with first come first serve seating.

(Note: Registration is encouraged but not required. By registering on Eventbrite you consent to information about you being stored on a server outside of Canada.)

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E-Waste Collection

The Sustainability Club will be collecting department e-waste for responsible disposal through UBC Plant Ops.

Date: Wednesday October5th
Time: Drop off E-Waste in CHBE Atrium before 1:00PM

Accepted Items:
– Desktop and Laptop computers
– monitors (LCD and CRT)
– televisions
– computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, cables)
– printers and fax machines
– CDs
– batteries
– printer cartridges

Celebrate Learning Events

Celebrate Learning is a week-long initiative  to honour and celebrate teaching and learning across UBC Vancouver, and to highlight and promote student learning and development opportunities.

Here is an event related to sustainability:

Sustainability Learning 101 Advising Session: Monday, October 31st 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Sustainablity Education Resource Center (room 1131) CIRS (2260 West Mall)

The Sustainability Education Resource Centre is a place to learn how to incorporate sustainability through leadership and volunteer opportunities. UBC offers numerous sustainability-oriented courses and programs to both undergraduate and graduate students. A Student Advisor helps and guides students to construct their own sustainability pathways by providing curricular and co-curricular opportunities available at UBC. This event is open to the public. Please register online at

Sustainability Learning 101 Drop-in Advising: Wednesday, Nov 2, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. In the Sustainability Education Resource Center (Rm 1131), CIRS (2260 West Mall)

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Bike to Work Week starts Hallowe’en!

Join us with tricks and treats this Oct 31-Nov 6 to celebrate cycling-and inspire your co-workers too!
Bike to Work Week is the event that motivates cyclists new and old to ride to work.  Almost 12,000 people joined us last year. Come be a part of it this fall!
By joining, you enter a fun competition between workplaces-and you’ll be part of creating healthy cycling change for our cities, and for ourselves.   Use our online Tracker to log your commutes, greenhouses gases saved, and calories burned.
Start by getting your team together, and register here. To join the “Chemical and Biological Engineering” team under “UBC”.
BTWW comes with road-side benefits too!
·    Commuter Stations along popular bike routes, with free hot coffee and snacks (UBC commuter station on University Blvd. for 7:30-10:00 on Wednesday)
·    Free bike mechanic services
·    Chances to win daily prizes

Cycling Resource Centre at UBC Farm Market

When: Saturday, October 29  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: UBC Farm Market

Need to know where the bike routes are? Or how to cheaply fix a particular problem with your trusty steed? Or where to buy good used bikes? Or how to make your bike more comfortable? Or just need your brakes adjusted, tires pumped and shifting tuned up? Come on down and get your questions about cycling answered! Bicycles tuned up for free! Cycling information, maps and brochures provided!

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