News and Events

How have Environmentally Friendly Activities Changed over the Past 10 Years?

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; department of psychology) discussed how activities that benefit the environment have evolved.

Institution-led Social Reform and Justice: Modernizing Gender Expression on Government-Issued ID

The current policies for gender expression on BC government-issued ID are an example of a decade long effort in behavioural, intellectual and social change management. Join SPPGA Adjunct Professor Natasha Thambirajah, Dr. Daniel L Metzger, and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore for an inside view on the evidence-based, change management, and stakeholder engagement practices used to gradually shift the BC health sector and provincial government towards recognizing the criticality of recognizing rights of people who are transgender or gender non-conforming to express their gender identity with minimal or no state or medical intervention.

How Images of Turtles and Dolphins Helped One Vancouver Office Building Reduce Plastic Waste

A UBC psychology experiment found that pictures of marine animals helped one office building in Downtown Vancouver reduce plastic waste by 17 per cent. Psychology professor and the experiment's senior author Dr. Jiaying Zhao was quoted.

A Guaranteed Basic Income Could End Poverty, so Why Isn’t it Happening?

Psychology professor Dr. Jiaying Zhao and physics professor Dr. Lorne Whitehead discussed the need for guaranteed basic income in order to end poverty.

Climate Solutions Could be Key in Dealing with Poverty, Human Suffering

Dr. Jiaying Zhao (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; department of psychology) was quoted in a story about a new report on climate change impacts. Dr. Zhao said we'll see significant human suffering and casualties from climate change in low-income communities.

What We Know About the Women Who Vote for Republicans and the Men Who Do Not

A New York Times opinion piece mentioned research co-authored by Dr. Terre Satterfield (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), which found that white men’s risk perception ratings were lower than those of white women, minority-group women and minority-group men.

What’s going on in Antarctica? (And in the Arctic, too?)

Dr. Simon Donner, a UBC geography professor of climate science and policy, discussed what record-breaking temperatures in the Arctic and the Antarctic tell us about climate change.

Farmers Can Profit By Setting Aside Marginal Lands As Habitat

Dr. Claire Kremen, a professor at UBC's department of zoology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, discussed what can be done to render agriculture less hostile to biodiversity and the climate.

New Sustainability Hub at UBC to address Climate Change

A team led by Dr. Kai Chan, a UBC professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, has launched CoSphere, a new social media hub where people can connect to take action for a sustainable future.

North Americans have already used up their share of the Planet’s Resources for the Year. It’s Clear that Climate Action Needs a Reboot

Dr. Kai Chan, a UBC professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, wrote about system change to reduce our environmental footprints.

April 27, 2022: IRES Special Seminar with Alain Nadaï

The urgent need to prevent the worst effects of climate change and to preserve a habitable earth is widely recognized. The massive shift to non-fossil forms of energy, so-called renewables, confronts us with (new) pulsations of ecosystems (wind speed, solar radiation, ocean currents) and the need to install infrastructure in a myriad of new environments. This changes our relation to energy and the environment, and raises questions of acceptance in many countries.

Potential for parks and protected areas to leverage transformative system change for sustainability | Webinar with Kai Chan | Canadian Park Collective & CoSphere

On April 7th, Dr. Kai Chan will speak at a webinar hosted by the Canadian Park Collective about the potential for parks and protected areas to leverage transformative system change for sustainability. The Canadian Parks Collected has partnered with CoSphere, a new platform led by Kai and his group. Learn more about CoSphere here.

Environmental ‘Sacrifice Zones’ Require Ambitious Action: UN Expert

Unveiling a new report on the devastating impacts of pollution, United Nations expert, Dr. David Boyd, on Thursday called for "urgent and ambitious action" to ensure that everyone on the planet experiences "a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment."

Millions Suffering in Deadly Pollution ‘Sacrifice Zones’, warns UN expert

UN expert, Dr. David Boyd, has warned of the creation of pollution “sacrifice zones” across the world, where tens of millions of people are suffering strokes, cancers, respiratory problems and heart disease as a result of toxic contamination of the environment.

UN Environment Expert: The World’s Toxic Wastelands have Millions of Residents

Six months after the UN recognised the human right to a healthy environment, a report by the UN expert on the environment, Dr. David Boyd, shows that this is far from being the reality for some of the world’s most vulnerable.

Call for Applications – Director, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

Dr. Milind Kandlikar will finish his term as Director of the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) on June 30, 2022. A search committee has been formed to conduct a search for the next Director of IRES. 

Launch of CoSphere: a platform for changing our systems for a more sustainable planet

CoSphere, a project by Dr. Kai Chan and partners like the David Suzuki Foundation, unites a diverse community and equips them with the tools to effect system change. On March 14th, join CoSphere at www.cosphere.net/why-join-cosphere!

Canada’s Oil, Gas Emissions cap may wait until 2023, Leaving Climate Plan Hole

Dr. Simon Donner, a UBC geography professor of climate science and policy, said if we don't do something to address oil and gas emissions, Canada will be unable to meet its 2030 emissions targets.

Climate Report Warns of Small ‘Window’ for Action: UBC Professor Simon Donner

Dr. Simon Donner, a professor of climate science and policy at UBC, said the key message of climate reports is that every action counts, and the more we reduce emissions, the less the planet warms, and the less people suffer.

IPCC Report: Half the World is facing Water Scarcity, Floods and Dirty Water — Large Investments are Needed for Effective Solutions

Balsher Singh Sidhu, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, wrote about the impact of climate change on global water security and how we must work to adapt to climate change in order to mitigate the effects immediately.