When using couriers, reduce your carbon footprint by exploring the various ways to ship your items more sustainably.

Choosing a courier that embraces sustainability will not only reduce the footprint of your shipment, but will also encourage other couriers to improve their sustainability practices. 

Business Travel

UBC measures and reports emissions from business travel as part of our Climate Action Plan. Choose lower carbon travel methods to help us reach our climate goals.

In 2015, flights purchased by UBC staff and faculty generated approximately 13,315 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


When buying or upgrading appliances, choose energy efficient models, consider refurbished models, and share or centralize appliances with other offices in your building.

If you have an old refrigerator or freezer, check the energy consumption rating and consider replacing it with a new, energy efficient model.


Reducing your battery use, using rechargeable batteries, and recycling batteries responsibly can reduce your environmental impact.

Batteries often contain potentially harmful heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium. In 2014, Call2Recycle estimates around 2,250 tonnes of batteries were sent to the landfill in BC alone. Follow the guidelines below to manage your battery use and help to reduce the potential environmental impact to soils and waterways.

General Office Supplies

Purchasing office supplies only when needed, and choosing sustainable products, can help improve your office's environmental impact and bottom line.

When purchasing office supplies, choose items that are refillable and recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled content materials. Consider whether or not a product is really necessary, or if a system can be set up to facilitate the reuse of office supplies and avoid over-ordering products.


Adopting eco-friendly printing practices and using supplies wisely can help to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of printing.

Over 350 million printing supplies, such as ink and toner cartridges, are discarded into North American landfills each year, and can take from 450 to 1,000 years to decompose. Producing ink cartridges is also very energy intensive. Manufacturing a single new ink cartridge uses approximately one litre of oil.

Office Paper

Reducing your paper use and purchasing paper with recycled content can help to save precious resources, and reduce UBC's carbon offset costs.

Producing paper is very resource intensive and requires a lot of energy, water, and raw materials. As per provincial legislation, UBC must buy carbon offsets for all office paper purchased.


There are several environmentally friendly ways to obtain furniture for your UBC office or building.

Before purchasing new furniture, check Reuse-it! UBC to purchase used furniture from other UBC departments at no or low cost, or contact your Facilities Manager, since they may have low-cost used office furniture readily available.