Case studies

Bird friendly buildings at UBC, Canada

Vancouver’s shiny, tall, mirror-like buildings are an attractive and much-photographed sight. So too is the local wildlife, with Vancouver boasting one of the highest densities of wintering birds of any Canadian city. Unfortunately, the combination can turn those beautiful reflective glass windows into bird killers. See how UBC community members are flocking together to bird-proof campus buildings.

University of Oxford publishes biodiversity footprint

A comprehensive assessment was completed of the biodiversity losses associated with activities at the University of Oxford. The 60 activities assessed included the day-to-day running of buildings and transport services; travel (including flights) for students and researchers; construction of laboratories and other buildings; consumption of food and beverages at restaurants and cafeterias; and use of medical supplies and other materials in research labs.

Bioblitz at University of Turku, Finland

The Biodiversity Unit hosted a BioBlitz event on May 21st-22nd 2022. A Bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short time, 24 hours. Scientists, students, teachers, families and other community members worked together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.

Vrikshaaropan (वृक्षारोपण) at Providence Womens College, Kerala India

Launched on June 5th 2022, as part of the Environment Day, the Principal, Local Manager and students joined a tree-planting drive. Additionally a new initiative was launched titled ‘Providence Retrieval of Valuable Information on Plants -using Quick Response codes,’ whereby, name boards detailing each plant that was planted,  equipped with QR codes,  were installed to educate students and visitors about the importance of each plant. Eventually it is hoped to equip each plant on campus,  with such boards.

Hedgehog friendly universities (UK)

Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction in Britain, due to habitat loss, development, roads and garden hazards. There are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left. City dwelling hedgehog numbers appear to be recovering after a long period of decline but there is more work to be done. Whether your campus is green or urban, you can help to bring hedgehogs back from the brink.

“I want my university campuses to be more green, and also to inspire universities of my state to pledge for a greener campus and a greener planet”