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Report
Campus Sustainability:
Where are the Opportunities?
Lyle Benko & M.J. Barrett
A belief:
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Education is
crucial to
attaining a
sustainable
future
Campuses that Teach
“What lessons are taught by the way we design,
build, and operate academic buildings?”
• David Orr, Earth in Mind, 1994
Campuses that Teach
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Buildings/ processes
teach
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Role modeling
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Living Laboratory
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Learning from action
University of Waterloo WATgreen
Mission:
 Transform the U of W into a showcase of
environmental responsibility
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Provide opportunities for students, staff, and
faculty to improve the quality of their environment
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Assist with the financial and environmental
efficiency of the University.
Key features of WATgreen
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Staff position
Administrative
support
Policies
Multi-stakeholder
Committee
Student-run office
Project-based Course
WATgreen Initiatives
Policy-supported
initiatives:
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Recycled paper
Lawn spraying
Chemical disposal
Materials consumption
Materials reduction
Biodegradable products
Greening the Campus
Course
Future areas of focus:
 Water
 Waste
 Landscape
management
 Energy
University of British Columbia Campus Sustainability Office
Vision:
 to make UBC the leading Canadian university in
demonstrating the means to a sustainable
community through the fair, wise and efficient
use of:
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economic
social
ecological resources
within the bounds of a finite planet.
Key features of UBC Campus
Sustainability Office
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Staff position
Administrative support
Sustainability
Coordinators
University-Wide Policy
Track savings
Financed through
savings
UBC Initiatives
Operations:
 Sustainability
Coordinator
 Paper reduction
 Energy Management
 Composting Project
 Sustainability Circles
 TrekSTEP 1
 UBC Sustainability
Pledge
Planning:
 UBC Seeds
 Land Use Planning
 Energy & Water use
plan
Design & Development:
 Green Buildings
Building the Business Case
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Image: Business as usual, but better than usual
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Not too political…keeping credibility & partners
The UBC Business Case
 Reduced
energy use by 4%
(student body increased 11%)
 Decreased
 $35
water use 21%
million energy and water retrofit
($3 million/yr; 15 year payback)
Additional Initiatives
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Universal bus pass
Carpool program
Emergency ride home
Alternative food
services
Fair trade coffee
Promote reusable
mug use
Dump & Run
Recycled paper
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Recycled paper
towels
Brown bag lunch
series
Ad-free space
Carpool program
Emergency ride home
Student union
initiatives
Course links &
assignment shifting
How to Institutionalize
 Sustainability
office
 Embed content & projects in course(s)
 Ongoing student group
 Full time staff
 Policy
 Faculty incentives
 Sustainability coordinators
 Track savings
Top down
&
Bottom up
Integration
volunteerism
coursework
job opportunities
Giving people permission & an opportunity
to do what they really would like to do.
For Discussion
Where are the opportunties?
 Within
our courses?
 Within our building?
 Within the campus?
 Within the community?

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