ISES 2011 is proudly hosted by the University of British Columbia. The University of British Columbia, established in 1908, educates a student population of 50,000 on major campuses in two cities and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. UBC launched its renewed strategic plan – Place and Promise – in December 2009 with a strong focus on student learning, research excellence and community engagement. UBC recently tied for #1 in Canada on the College Sustainability Report that ranked 52 North American schools across nine categories, including Climate Change and Energy, Green Buildings and Transportation.
The ISES 2011 student organizing team is supported by three staff members of the UBC Sustainability Initiative. The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) exemplifies UBC’s commitment to sustainability. Established in January 2010 and grounded in the ideas and aspirations of faculty, staff and students, the USI unites operational and academic efforts in sustainability. The offices of Campus Sustainability, Teaching & Learning, and Research & Partnerships work together to develop academic and extra-curricular programming, foster research, transform the campus’ physical infrastructure, and implement partnerships. Efforts focus on two cross-cutting themes: “Campus as a Living Laboratory” and the “University as an Agent of Change”. Under the first theme, the campus serves as a test-bed for sustainability – to evaluate the technological and economic feasibility of novel sustainable practices; use these operational innovations to educate students in the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable design and operations; and undertake leading research. The second theme focuses on UBC’s role beyond campus. As a sustainability leader, UBC facilitates dialogue and fosters partnerships between the University, business and government close to home and around the world.
The ISES 2011 student team is deeply indebted to the following USI staff members for their hard work and dedication: