If you are a student in Vancouver, check your class schedule. You may be among the first students to study in North America’s greenest building this fall.
The 450-seat lecture theatre in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) on UBC’s Vancouver campus features a dramatic ceiling made of pine beetle-damaged wood, built-in skylight complete with dimmer shades, and adjustable air vents on the floor to provide natural ventilation.
Carpets in the theatre and throughout the building are non-toxic, fully recyclable and were produced using renewable energy, and toilets draw water from the rainwater harvest system built into the roof.
Don’t be surprised if you hear the calls of nature during class. The lecture theatre’s green roof provides a meadow environment for birds, insects and native plants and reduces urban heat island effects.
Make sure you bring your own coffee mug. The Loop Café offers fresh, distinctive and organic food—but no disposable packaging.
Classes to be housed in the CIRS lecture theatre this fall include:
PSYCH 100, 101, 102, 376
For more information on CIRS,visit www.cirs.ubc.ca.
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