National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

Don’t miss your opportunity to get involved in the ever-growing US biodiesel industry.  With strong policy, strong markets and strong technical and environmental positions, the industry is again poised to see record production in 2014, potentially nearing 2 billion gallons of production.  National Biodiesel Board celebrates the strong, united front of its membership and the successes of its efforts to continue to grow the US market.

This conference has grown from a small gathering at our first event in Palm Springs, Calif. in 2004, to a powerful platform that drives biodiesel business all year long. Demographics show most of our attendees are high-level decision makers in their fields.  Those who reach them first will be two steps ahead of their competitors. This conference is the only event that gathers biodiesel decision makers from throughout the United States and the world.

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UBCC350 Divest UBC Campaign Kick-Off

When & Where: November 5th 5-7pm in Buchanan A201

UBCC350 is a social justice group that is dedicated to fighting climate change, and choses to do so through specific action campaigns. Divestment is an extremely important movement that has spread to over 300 campuses in North America.  The point of the campaign is to get UBC’s investments out of Fossil Fuel companies, as we believe that we cannot be a sustainable campus while still profiting off of companies that are destroying our environment.The event will be a fantastic night filled with renowned environmental and economic speakers, music, and networking.

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Biorenewables Cafe: Carbon Policy in British Columbia

Gary has kindly agreed to give a talk titled “Carbon Policy in British Columbia: Background, Update, and Analysis” to give us an overview about this important policy and its impact to the province. An informal discussion will follow the talk.
When & Where:  Thursday, August 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver.
Dr. Gary Bull is a Professor of Forest Economics and Forest Policy at the University of British Columbia. Gary has spent most of his early career working in a consultative capacity with forest products companies, resource-based communities, various government agencies, and environmental non-governmental organizations. Internationally, he has worked with organizations such as the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome and the US Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. He has supervised research projects with CIFOR, World Bank, Shell Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd., Forest Trends and FAO.

Gary has a background in commerce as well as three degrees in Forestry, specializing in economics and policy. He has an interest in global forestry policy issues and is currently studying forest and timber markets in Asia and ecosystem services markets in Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, Mozambique and Uganda.

 If you are unfamiliar with us, this is a short introduction about Biorenewables Cafe. We organize informal seminars to engage the public on topics related to bioenergy and clean technology. Come listen to a talk, ask questions, have beer and nachos, and network with fellow biorenewables enthusiasts.

Climate Change: Implications for British Columbia

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Date: Monday, 30 September 2013

Time: 9:30am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Location:  Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC

 This event will be available via live webcast.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN Body, is releasing the first of three major reports on climate change on September 27th, it’s first comprehensive reports since 2007. The first report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, is the culmination of work of 259 authors from 39 countries. Leading BC climate scientists and senior contributors to the report will make sense of the IPCC assessment process,  what is new in climate science and the implications for BC.

Join us to learn the state of climate science—why and how the climate has changed and how it could change in the future—and what it all means for BC. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience; the public and media are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

Engaging with Greenest City Conversations

This FREE public lecture is the first of a PICS Research Lecture Series. Join Dr.John Robinson, UBC and Dr. Alissa Antle, SFU and their research team members as they share results of the Greenest City Conversations.

When: September 18th 5-6:30 @ Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue, SFU (580 West Hastings Street)

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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)

UBC Energy Dashboard

UBC has launched a Building Tune-Up program in partnership with BC Hydro, tweaking systems in 72 buildings to use less electricity and steam, while maintaining – or even improving – your comfort.
Visit this dashboard provided by Pulse Energy at any time to monitor your building’s monthly, weekly or daily energy performance — in real-time.

To learn more about what you can do to help save energy in your building, see the energy-saving tips in the top menu. For details on UBC’s Building Tune-Up program, please go to


Sustainability in the City: Young Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

When: Friday, April 26, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, with a brief presentation at 6:00pm
Where: 131 Water Kitchen & Bar, 131 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver, BC (map) Finger food will be served, cash bar

A key objective of this program is to develop a hub of peers with a shared passion for advancing sustainability in the community. Through this networking event, we want to connect the program participants with existing groups, networks, and successful young leaders. And we hope to introduce them to organizations that are looking for bright, young leaders to help develop or advance their sustainability projects

Join us to…
Meet program participants who are seeking to create, lead, or contribute to a local sustainability project. Attract support for your projects from eager students who are seeking opportunities to take on leadership roles.Promote your organization, programs, and other sustainability activities to a new audience. Connect with other groups working in this space. Hear local success stories of youth-led sustainability projects. Learn more about the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training program and opportunities for your organization to collaborate with us further.

Guest speakers will include:

·  Josh Snider, Manager, Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Natural Step Canada
·  Barbara Turley-McIntyre, Senior Director, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, The Co-operators
·  IMPACT! alumni stories of success: Alyssa Kostello (NOW! Theatre), Alexander Moscrip & Britney Myers (Quality Thyme Café)

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HHS Truck rolling on Biodiesel

Another biodiesel fill-up for the Housing and Hospatality Services truck. This is the third tank of B20 used by the delivery truck with zero problems to date. Since inception last year the club has sold over 475L of B20 fuel. That’s 95L of biodiesel produced in CHBE from waste vegetable oil used to power campus vehicles. That add’s up to 192kg of CO2 emissions avoided vs. using straight petrodiesel.

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