Talk about sustainability!
UNBC is great, but what’s even more awesome is the fact that it is located in one of the world’s most breath-taking natural northern environments. Not only is Prince George a major destination for education and tourism, but is also situated in the midst of one of Canada’s major centers in the resource sector, offering the world exports such as timber, minerals, oil & gas, and fish. Consequently, this also makes our community susceptible to several potential effects of environmental degradation; involving air quality, water pollution, solid waste disposal, ecosystem degradation, and climate change.
For this reason UNBC has taken it upon itself to help protect our incredible northern home by providing and proving the importance of environmental responsibility through on-going research projects and teaching green practices. By becoming a powerful leader in environmental education and sustainability, UNBC has created a green vision for the north by ensuring that UNBC’s campus projects and embodies renewable practices. Such practice can be seen through the implementation of the UNBC Food Recovery Project. With this project, any surplus food from UNBC’s new Dining Hall is arranged to be delivered to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Prince George. As a result of this initiative, more than 1,000 pounds of food has been saved from landfills and provided to St. Vincent de Paul.
In terms of green research, UNBC has become an internationally recognized research leader in sustainability. By conducting environmentally sustainable research relevant to Northern BC, through the development of energy efficiency studies, sustainable products and on-campus environmentally-oriented research facilities.
Over the past few years, UNBC’s green initiative has spread more than ever, receiving the following recognition and awards:
- 1st place for the top campus sustainability project in North America in 2010 by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
- The Environmental Stewardship award for 2011 from the Clean Energy Association of BC,
- Voted #1 in Canada by students for environmental commitment in 2011
- One of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2012, 2013 & 2014
- 2013 Environmental Leadership Award from the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
To continue the practice of environmental education, UNBC Continuing Studies has developed programming to embody UNBC’s green initiative. By offering courses and certificates including: the Environmental Monitoring certificate and Wildlife Danger Tree certificate – to name a few!
This is our home – why wouldn’t we want to be gain the education and knowledge to protect it?