Pedal Powered Charging Station

Is your phone running out of juice? Need a spot to sit and plug in your laptop? This seems to be a recurring problem for students around the campus. For the sustainability minded student, using increasingly more electrical energy can also weigh heavily on the mind. But don’t worry, we’re on it. The new Student Union Building will open with… Read more

Kasha Foster: Sustainability Coordinator

Kasha is a 4th year student in the Global Resource Systems Program, focusing her studies on sustainability. She enjoys helping students pursue projects that provide innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, and is particularly passionate about waste management and the prospects of zero waste initiatives. Within the AMS and on a number of UBC committees Kasha represents the voice of students… Read more

Claire Melanson: Compost Coordinator

Claire Melanson joined AMS Sustainability in May 2014 to help continue and grow the compost program. By helping to maintain a vermicompost as well as guide the installation of an in-vessel compost machine to be used in the new sub, Claire has the dirt on all things compost. If you would like to meet up with Claire you are most… Read more


Starting in September of 2010, the AMS installed two Waterfillz units in the SUB on the main floor near Bernoulli’s Bagels and on the lower level near the Honour Roll. Our goal with these two Waterfillz units is to give students an opportunity to refill their own water bottle to reduce the negative impacts related to bottled water from major… Read more

First Funding Review, Welcome to the New AMS Sustainability Website!

We’re launching our new AMS Sustainability website very soon, you’ll see this site adding content and changing quite a bit over the next week. Stay tuned for updates. The date on the front page of the site is still under revision and incorrectly states that September 20th is the cutoff date for funding proposals. We’re also still troubleshooting our forms.… Read more

Paper Towel Composting in SUB

The SUB sends over 41 bags of paper towels a day to the landfill and the building’s electrical system can’t handle air dryers. While the New SUB building will feature air based hand driers, until the new building opens in 2014, for  paper towel waste to be diverted from the landfill, they’ll need to be composted or recycled. This project… Read more

SUB Worm Composting

To reduce the amount of waste that is sent to the aging in-vessel composter on South Campus and to help manage fruit flies, the AMS is pursuing the ability to use worms in composting of pre-consumer food scraps.   Project Details Date Started: August 1st, 2011 Students Involved: Emme Lee     Vlog: Worm Composting Vermicomposting in the SUB Vermicomposting… Read more