More Biodiesel Sales!!

UBC Housing and Hospitality Services has purchased their second tank of CHBE Biodiesel. Their delivery truck was filled with 100L of B20 produced by members of the CHBE Sustainability Club. To date the Biodiesel project has sold 300L of blended fuel.
The operators tols us that they “have experienced zero problems thus far” running the truck off its previous fill up of 140L of B20 in the fall of 2012.  We look forward to the next fill up in our ongoing partnership with Housing and Hospatality services.

CHBE 573 & PLAN 548: BC Carbon Tax Simulation mixed event

date: Wed, Feb 6, 2-4:30 pm
place: West Annex: 1933 West Mall – room 240

This is a simulation where the above classes are invited to a multistakeholder consultation called by the Finance Minister in advance of the upcoming 2013 related to the BC Carbon tax.
Stakeholder consultation representative groups:
• BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association
• Union of BC Municipalities
• Pembina Institute
• Business Council of BC
• FortisBC
• BC Tax Payers Federation
• Canadian Centre for Policy

Those interested in joining this session should email Naoko Ellis as space is limited.

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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Free Public Lecture – Sustainable Energy Systems

January 29th, 5:30 – 7:30. Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue, SFU, Vancouver (580 West Hastings Street)

This is a special free Vancouver public lecture on sustainable energy systems, including fuel cell research and development by Drs. Erik Kjeang and Martin Ordonez. Dr. Kjeang will offer an overview of fuel cell systems as clean electricity generators for transportation and other uses. He will highlight the most recent innovations developed at SFU in collaboration with Ballard Power Systems. Dr. Martin Ordonez will follow with information about UBC’s research and development on power converters and effective system integration, which is leading to expanded opportunity in fuel cell products and applications.

Register to attend in person at

or join the webcast at

CHBE Biodiesel on the Road

Biodiesel produced by the CHBE Sustainability Club was put into the tank of the UBC Housing and Hospitality Services truck today. This is an important milestone in the most recent incarnation of the UBC biodiesel project that the fuel has been put to use in a UBC vehicle.

The truck was filled up with 150L of B20 (20% biodiesel) produced in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department by a team of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. The biodiesel was produced through the transesterification process from fresh vegetable oil donated by Allied Reclamation Services that was damaged in shipping and unfit for human consumption.The next phase of the project will see students producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil from the Totem residence cafeteria. This will close the loop of waste-to-fuel on the UBC campus.

The Club thanks Housing and Hospitality Services for their continued support and looks forward to fueling more of UBC in the future.

John Robinson at The Wall Hour

Professor John Robinson, UBC Associate Provost, Sustainability, will be speaking at the Peter Wall Institute’s free lunch & talk, co-sponsored by the Pacific Institute for Climate solutions. Here’s the deets:

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Place: Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

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