IRES News: March 14th, 2022

IRES News & Events

Sustainability Dashboard Announcements

Staff and faculty at UBC, including IRES alum Alejandra Urcelay, have created a new open data platform to share performance, increase transparency, support research, learning, operations on campus, and encourage partnerships across our region.

Anyone can explore dashboards and visualizations to understand sustainability trends and download the latest open data under a creative commons license for further exploration and analysis. Contact Sustainability Hub Data Manager, Alejandra Urcelay for more information and for support with using these data:

Explore the dashboards!


To truly address climate change, we need to change the very systems we live and work in., a new platform by Dr. Kai Chan, is seeking young activists and folks (including expert scientists) who can articulate the science of sustainability to join their community.

CoSphere has identified

- 6 systems where huge change is needed including economy and finance

- levers to change them including incentives and laws

- and leverage points at which to apply them, including consumption.

They then provide a platform to enable these changes.

Join CoSphere                                                                                                      Learn more

March 17th: IRES Student Seminar with Georgia and Justin

Join two IRES student seminars about "Characterizing Diverging Scientific Perspectives of Relevance for Chemicals Management" and "Predicting the Impact of Minerals for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition".

This seminar with be both in person and on Zoom at 12:30-1:30pm in AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

Zoom Registration Here!

March 24th: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Ignance

Join Dr. Ignance as she talks about "Broadening our approach to find community-driven solutions to environmental challenges"

This seminar with be both in person and on Zoom at 12:30-1:30pm in AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

Zoom Registration Here!

Human Rights Depend on a Non-Toxic Environment

Dr. David Boyd presented his report to the UN Human Rights Council on March 10th, calling for the end of deadly ‘sacrifice zones’, where tens of millions of people are suffering strokes, cancers, respiratory problems and heart disease as a result of toxic contamination of the environment.


Read his commentary in The Guardian

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students.

The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses designed by IRES faculty on climate change, sustainability and food systems.

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Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, & more! 

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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Update newsletter

Check out the latest "GradUpdate" - a weekly snapshot of workshops and opportunities available to UBC graduate students.

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Science 101 Volunteer Opportunity – Science Outreach for Summer 2022

Volunteers are recruited each year in April. If you are interested in volunteering please submit a maximum 250-word cover letter explaining why you would like to be involved, a resume listing your current activities, and the volunteer application form. All documents must be submitted in person at a volunteer information session.




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LEED Green Associate Training

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exams at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name! This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. Save money by registering today and make a positive difference in your career!

Training Period: March 12 - June 9, 2022

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MyCommunity Campaign for Graduate Students (SMMUG)

Graduate Studies is launching a MyCommunity Campaign focusing on building graduate student community via our shared intranet platform ( Students can view discussion boards and events, but also find other students with similar hobbies, interests and form connections.

The link to the toolkit, graphics for social and suggested wording for posts is accessible in UBC OneDrive

The campaign launched today, and will go until the beginning of May. You can share messaging with your graduate student audiences at any time, and there is a schedule of posts included in the toolkit.


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External Events

Check the IRES website for the most up-to-date information on External Events.

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Chapman, M., Wiltshire, S., Baur, P., Bowles, T., Carlisle, L., Castillo, F., Esquivel, K., Gennet, S., Iles, A., Karp, D., Kremen, C., Liebert, J., Olimpi, E. M., Ory, J., Ryan, M., Sciligo, A., Thompson, J., Waterhouse, H., & Boettiger, C. (2022). Social-ecological feedbacks drive tipping points in farming system diversification. One Earth.

de Ferreyro Monticelli, D., Bhandari, S., Eykelbosh, A., Henderson, S. B., Giang, A., & Zimmerman, N. (2022). Cannabis Cultivation Facilities: A review of their air quality impacts from the occupational to community scale. Environmental Science & Technology, 56(5), 2880–2896.

Giang, A., Boyd, D. R., Ono, A. J., & McIlroy-Young, B. (2022). Exposure, access, and inequities: Central Themes, emerging trends, and key gaps in Canadian Environmental Justice Literature from 2006 to 2017. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien.

Sengupta, M., & Harris, L. M. (2022). Interrogating differences: Intersectionality and participatory livelihood development in the Upland Forest of Tripura (Northeast India). Geoforum, 130, 59–68.

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