Numerous challenges – including climate change, rapid urbanization, degradation of the biosphere and natural systems that sustain life, secure and abundant healthy food and clean water for an expanding population – are facing cities and societies around the world. The built environment is a critical factors in the severity of these challenges and represents one of the greatest opportunities to effect change toward a more sustainable future.
UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability was established in response to these challenges, and the urgent need to create more sustainable built environments. Research project and programs within the Centre engages complex cross-scale, cross-discipline issues at the intersections of innovative technology, human health/well-being and behaviour, and socio-political influences and impacts.
Projects engaged by CIRS involved close collaborations and partnerships between academic researchers, government agencies, business and industry, NGOs and community organizations. Through this research we seek to accelerate the adoption of sustainable building and urban development technologies, practices and policies, creating more resilient and healthy neighbourhoods, cities and regions.
Research Portfolio Overview: