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UBC recognized at APPA awards for creating a sustainable campus

For a second time in six years, the University of British Columbia (UBC) was honoured with a Sustainability Award from APPA. The award recognizes efforts to embed sustainable policies and practices across the institution.

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One-on-one with Karyn Magnusson, Managing Director of Building Operations

Karyn Magnusson is the Managing Director of Building Operations at UBC Vancouver. A UBC alumna, Karyn is a registered professional engineer, and a former elite-level swimmer. She joined UBC in 2014 to lead the operations and maintenance of over nine million square feet of building space and over 1,000 acres of landscaping at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus. Click to read the entire interview at ubc.ca.

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New poster cylinders create safe space for students’ promotions

With hundreds of student clubs and events each term, the campus is often plastered in paper posters and sometimes ended up damaging assets. With no great spots to place posters within the public realm, we invested in a number of poster cylinders installed on light poles around campus.

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Floors are waxed and ready to shine for students

Every year, from May to August when the campus is less busy, Custodial polishes and waxes the floors for students and staff to enjoy when they return from summer vacation. This also helps us maintain the floors in the long run.

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Compost garden is a living reminder of what can happen with a little innovation

UBC's Zero-Waste Action Plan includes a goal of reaching 80% composting and recycling by 2020. John Mann, the Assistant Compost Operator at UBC’s compost facility, transforms UBC’s organic waste into rich soil for landscaping and gardening.

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