UBC Program Manager, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Sara Muir Owen is a Project Manager at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). PICS supports multidisciplinary research on climate change solutions at B.C.'s four research intensive universities – University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and UBC.
Sara oversees the administration and management of PICS programs at UBC, including graduate student fellowships and internships, and faculty-led research. She also coordinates many climate change solutions seminars, panel sessions, events and outreach activities on campus and in Vancouver. In addition to her role with PICS, she works with the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) to advance sustainability at UBC and across the region.
A landscape architect by training and a registered planner by practice, Sara is driven by a desire for fairness, equity, justice and peace for a culturally rich world supported by a healthy environment. “I’m hoping to explore with cities across British Columbia the applicability of using the SDGs as a framework for local government planning and policy development,” says Sara. She is hopeful this will lead to the development of a standard set of targets and indicators for B.C. cities that tie into the SDGs.
Some of her favourite activities to do in and around the city include playing in the metro Vancouver women’s soccer league, long-distance running, ocean kayaking, and exploring the built and natural environment with her family.