Sustainability & Climate Action Committee

Approved June 2020

1. MANDATE

1.1 Pursuant to section 27(2)(c) of the University Act, the UBC Board of Governors (the “Board”) has established a standing committee of the Board to address sustainability and climate action matters (the “Sustainability & Climate Action Committee”).
1.2 The Sustainability & Climate Action Committee considers matters relating to sustainability, climate action, and responsible investment at UBC for the purposes of:
1.2.1 providing recommendations to the Board where Board decisions are required or where the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee otherwise considers it desirable to make recommendations;
1.2.2 making decisions on behalf of the Board where the Board has delegated authority to the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee to do so; and,
1.2.3 considering any reports submitted for information and responding to any requests from the UBC administration for advice and input;
(collectively, the “Mandate”).
1.3 Appendix A of these Terms of Reference sets out some examples of matters that fall within the Mandate. This list is provided for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive or constrain in any way the definition of the Mandate set out in section 1.2.

2. DELEGATED AUTHORITY

2.1 As at June 16, 2020, the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee does not have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board.

3. COMPOSITION

3.1 In addition to the ex officio members as required by the Committee Meeting Rules and Practices, the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee will have eight members, all of whom are to be selected in accordance with the Board Meeting Rules and Practices and the Committee Meeting Rules and Practices as may be amended from time to time.  Those additional members will include:
3.1.1 the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee;
3.1.2 the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Board’s Learning & Research Committee;
3.1.3 the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Board’s Property Committee; and,
3.1.4 at least two elected Governors.
APPENDIX A – SUSTAINABILITY & CLIMATE ACTION COMMITTEE MANDATE

Further to section 1.3 of the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee Terms of Reference, the following sets out examples of matters that fall within the Mandate:

a) Board Policies for which responsibility has been assigned to the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee by the Governance Committee pursuant to its Terms of Reference
b) action plans and targets to advance UBC’s sustainability ambitions and climate change impacts for UBC
c) Climate Action Plans
d) sustainability initiatives
e) responsible investment principles and practices

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