Topic: " Regenerative Sustainability at the University of British Columbia"
The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada is transforming its campus into a living laboratory for sustainability. Faculty, staff and students, along with private, public and NGO sector partners – use the University’s physical plant as well as education and research capabilities, to achieve various objectives. These objectives include the testing, studying, teaching and the application and sharing of lessons learned, technologies created and policies developed. The talk will report on UBC academic and operational sustainability activities.
John Robinson is Associate Provost, Sustainability, and Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, responsible for leading the integration of academic and operational sustainability on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. He is also a professor with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Department of Geography.
Dr. Robinson’s own research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), opened in 2011 on the UBC campus, is a major focus of his work. As Associate Provost, he leads a team dedicated to infusing sustainability throughout UBC’s operations and academic activities, and to building partnerships with private, public and NGO sector partners, in the context of treating the university campus as a living laboratory of sustainable practice, research and teaching.