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UBC Undergraduate Research

Synchronizing Sustainability Education Across Higher Education Community Orientations Navarre, Nicolas; Farra, Steve; Hunjan, Sunjot Singh


Apart from being a prominent player in the eld of education and having produced Canada's "who's who" ranging from Nobel laureates to previous prime ministers, the University of British Columbia (UBC) has been proactive in its sustainability initiatives. UBC signed Talloires Declaration in 1990. It became the first university to adopt a sustainability development policy in 1997 and open an office devoted to campus sustainability in 1998. With the advent of recent worldwide calls for climate change emergency, UBC understands its place in society, industry, and politics and realises its ethical responsibility and the role it can play towards producing agents of change { students, alumni, industry, government partners, etc. { for environment sustainability. To realise its ethical responsibility, UBC has produced its 20-Year Sustainability Strategy that provides an insight into the vision and aspirations of the university to attain its long-term sustainability goals. UBC is excelling in most of the objectives laid out in its sustainability strategy, except for the ones that are heavily reliant on the sustainability habits of UBC community members. The Campus and Community Planning (C+CP) department at UBC recognises that improvements can be made to increase positive collaboration of its community members to fulll UBC's sustainability objectives. C+CP wants to use this opportunity to assess the state of sustainable education imparted during orientations for the new members at UBC. The C+CP and Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) department at UBC are undergoing a joint planning process for increasing sustainability literacy across students, staff, and faculty at UBC. To address sustainability education at UBC, C+CP and SEEDS aim to create effective orientation programming for students, staff and faculty. 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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