Webinar: UBC’s Sustainability Open Data: Research, Learning and Operations
May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDTFree
This webinar was moved from 3/15 to 5/24.
The Sustainability Hub – a central unit at UBC focused on collaboration – have created a new open data platform to share sustainability performance metrics, increase transparency, support teaching, learning, operations on campus, and encourage new research partnerships.
This project was developed in partnership with UBC’s Urban Data Lab, Campus + Community Planning department, Energy & Water Services unit, and the UBC Okanagan Sustainability Office.
The Sustainability Dashboards platform summarizes the progress made so far to meet ambitious goals for GHG emissions, transportation, curriculum, housing, childcare, and more. Innovative and interactive visualizations take users beyond the headlines, providing in-depth insights about UBC’s sustainability actions so far, and the unique opportunities and challenges we face in the years ahead. Public users can explore these dashboards and visualizations to understand sustainability trends, and are encouraged to download the latest datasets from our Open Data Portal under a creative commons license for further exploration and analysis. Publishing sustainability performance dashboards increases transparency, helps hold UBC accountable for its Climate Emergency and Climate Action Plan 2030 commitments, amplifies the achievements of faculty, staff, and students, and supports collaborations with broader and more diverse set of on and off campus partners.
As we continue to compile relevant data related to UBC’s sustainability goals, the dashboards will expand to provide a comprehensive picture of sustainability performance across teaching, learning, research, operations, and community engagement, both within and beyond our campuses.
Jon Garner, Communications and Engagement Manager, Sustainability Hub, University of British Columbia
Jon is a Communications and Engagement Manager with experience in education, non-profit, private sector and government. He holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University. Jon oversees the production of key publications including the Annual Sustainability Report, engagement activities such as Imagine day booths, and cross-campus engagement campaigns.
Alejandra Urcelay, Data Manager, Sustainability Hub, University of British Columbia
As the Data Manager for the Sustainability Hub, Alejandra supports reporting, analysis, and communication activities across the different groups within the unit and with other partner departments. She holds a Masters in Science in Resources, Environment and Sustainability from UBC. Alejandra’s current work focuses on analyzing institutional data to highlight trends in sustainability performance and in providing evidence-based insights and recommendations that inform future programs and activities.
Bud Fraser, Senior Planning and Sustainability Engineer, University of British Columbia
Having kick-started his career as an electrical engineer, Bud became interested in the environment & sustainability, and came to UBC to complete his Master’s in Bio-Resource Engineering. Today, Bud’s work focuses mainly on developing sustainability plans in collaboration with many different UBC units and stakeholders, advancing climate and zero waste action on campus.
Tara Ivanochko, Academic Director, Sustainability Hub; Director, ENSC, University of British Columbia
As Academic Director, Tara works in partnership with the Senior Director to provide vision, guidance, and oversight to the Hub. She received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Tara joined UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) as faculty in the Educational Leadership steam in 2009. In EOAS, Tara has since served as the Director of Environmental Science and as Associate Head Undergraduate Affairs. Tara has also engaged as a Sustainability Fellow with the USI to forward sustainability education at UBC, as a steering committee member for the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, and as a member of the UBC Interdisciplinary Education Task Force. She helped envision the UBC 20-year Sustainability Strategy and develop the Faculty of Science sustainability course offerings.