ISCN Conference, The University of British Columbia, Climate, City, Campus Event, Panoramic, International Sustainable Campus Network


We were thrilled to head to Vancouver, British Columbia for our 11th ISCN conference.

The theme for the 2017 conference was “Climate. City. Campus.” At the global level is climate change, the biggest sustainability issue of our time. At the regional level are cities where huge impacts – positive and negative – are made. At the local level are campuses and the location of our work as the ISCN. The conference interwove each of these elements.

Co-hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the City of Vancouver (CoV), the conference showed the power of collaboration between campuses and cities. Attendees gained insight into the UBC-CoV strategic relationship and saw successful practical examples.

Below is a short video of UBC and the City of Vancouver.



About The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. The university attracts more than 60,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries to two major campuses.

UBC Sustainability

UBC’s 20-year Sustainability Strategy guides the university’s efforts to embed sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations and infrastructure, and community, to not just reduce damage or harm, but to improve environmental and human wellbeing.

With over 25 years of sustainability commitment and recognized achievement, UBC continues to provide global leadership by using its campuses as societal test beds for sustainability, to explore ways to mitigate society’s impact on climate and create a resilient and thriving community at an urban neighbourhood scale.

These efforts include: implementing innovative technologies that have enabled UBC to, in 2015/2016, achieve a significant 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to 2007 levels; working to provide all students with access to sustainability education regardless of their program; and engaging with partners across campus and in the community to create happier, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

UBC has received two ISCN Case Study Awards, one for Integration and the other for Green Building Excellence. In 2015, UBC earned its second consecutive STARS Gold rating from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.