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Plan for a greener more efficient future : balancing costs, efficiency and sustainability through sharing communities and real-time monitoring Qiu, Hovy; Smith, Kevin; Rakina, Maryia; Coker, Candace; Rosode, Amanroop


In an effort to contribute towards UBC’s Climate Action Plan 2020, the UBC Building Operations department has made significant strides towards efficiency and sustainability. Its focus on innovation, data tracking, sustainable purchasing and strategic vehicle disposal allowed the department to reduce the GHG emissions of its 240 vehicles by 25%, while increasing fuel efficiency by 16% between 2011 and 2013 alone1. However, despite Building Operations’ efforts, UBC’s advancement in its sustainability goals is impeded by the fact that other departments have not also aligned themselves with the vision and have not been involved in this process of improving UBC fleet efficiency and decreasing GHG emissions. Through our analysis, we have identified three sub-issues at play that have resulted in this lack of departmental involvement, and have developed a strategic plan for fostering campus-wide collaboration towards fleet efficiency and sustainability. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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