20 Years of Sustainability at UBC
There are currently four different car-shares available on the UBC Vancouver campus.
Jump in the pool
For commuters who prefer to make their trips to campus from behind the wheel, joining a carpool is one way to lighten their GHG load and reduce traffic congestion.
To make it easier for carpoolers, UBC allows multiple vehicles to be registered on the same parking pass, so friends can take turns at the wheel and save on parking costs. Commuters are also encouraged to join The Jack Bell Foundation’s UBC ride-share program, where drivers and riders in the region can connect to share rides to campus or join existing van pools.
As for our own operational fleet, which represents 46 per cent of UBC-owned vehicles on campus, we’re proud to have been awarded the first ever Platinum rating from E3 — a nation-wide program that helps organizations “green up” their fleets. Between 2011 and 2013, we cut our fleet’s GHG emissions by a quarter (217 tonnes) and increased our fuel efficiency by 16 per cent. Our Building Operations department, which runs 340 vehicles and motorized equipment, includes 16 electric smart cars, and we’re inspiring others to go electric. In 2013, through a partnership with Plug In BC, we debuted the first level-2 electric-vehicle charging stations in the province. These 18 charging stations, available to the general public, are capable of delivering about 20 kilometres of range per hour of charge.
UBC is working to lighten your transportation footprint on campus and beyond.
Special thanks to our story partners: The UBC Sustainability Initiative and Campus and Community Planning and the many units, departments, and faculties at UBC that helped contribute invaluable information on sustainability for this story.
Story team: UBC Communications & Marketing — Cindy Connor, online producer; Cynthia Deng, web developer assistant; Margaret Doyle, digital storyteller; Paul Joseph, UBC photographer; Michael Kam, web developer; Adrian Liem, manager, digital communications; Mark Pilon, communication designer; Jamil Rhajiak, digital communications specialist; Laura Stobbe, communication designer; Matt Warburton, manager, graphic design; Aida Viziru, web interaction designer. Content writer — Jessica Werb. Copy editor — David Leidl.
Published: May 2017