In September 2019, the Urban Data Lab (UDL) was formed through a Campus as Living Lab grant to advance the data access, data management and data analytics capabilities on campus with the goal of addressing campus-wide sustainability challenges. The objective of UDL is to


  1. Provide open access of UBC sustainability data to researchers, policymakers and operational staff;
  2. Support the monitoring and measurement of sustainability performance for buildings, transportation, biodiversity specifically as it relates to the policy commitments of UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) and Campus and Community Planning (C&CP).


The UDL Team includes:


Committee Chair: James Tansey, Ph.D. UBC professor with research interests in environment, sustainability, social determinants of health, carbon offsets, climate change and social entrepreneurship. James teaches in the Sauder MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs including leadership training. James is responsible for coordinating sustainability and ethics across the business school courses.


Project Lead: Mike Kennedy, Ph.D. in Business Information Systems from Washington State University. Mike is an industry leader in data and software applications for environmental sustainability. Mike has led decision-makers-and small-scale public and private sector software and IT initiatives for the past 10 years.


Research Assistant: Jiachen Wei, Master of Data Science from the University of British Columbia and B.Env. in Geomatics from the University of Waterloo. Jiachen has been actively bringing data science skills into sustainability with two years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Research AssistantMohammad Pourmeydani, M.Sc. in Transportation Systems from the Technical University of Munich. Mohammad is a highly organized and self-motivated Transport Planner with more than six years of progressive experience in the public and private sector with expert knowledge in transport modeling.


Research AssistantNatasha Mattson, M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia.

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