This innovative summer internship program sponsors UBC graduate students to work on sustainability projects with the City of Vancouver.
The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is proud to once again sponsor graduate students currently enrolled in Masters or PhD programs at UBC Vancouver to work with the City of Vancouver to advance Vancouver’s greenest city goals. The Greenest City Scholars Program is open to UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines and runs from early May to August 2014.
The program provides funding to successful candidates to work with the City in support of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Each Scholar receives $5,000 to complete 250 hours of work between May 1 and August 16.*
*Successful UBC MBA students can begin work in early June if they complete the required hours by the end of the program.
2014 Projects and Application Process
Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan identifies ten long-term goals, supported by a set of measurable and attainable targets, for Vancouver to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.
Each successful candidate will work on one project within one of the goal areas listed below. A project may comprise multiple tasks designed to contribute toward the attainment of that Greenest City Action Team’s long-term goal. The focus of this year’s Scholars Program is on the following goals and projects. Click on the project title for full project description.
Goal: Green Economy. Secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a Mecca of green enterprise.
Goal: Climate Leadership. Eliminate Vancouver's dependence on fossil fuels.
Goal: Green Buildings. Lead the world in green building design and construction.
Goal: Green Transportation. Make walking, cycling and public transit preferred transportation options.
Goal: Zero Waste. Create zero waste.
Goal: Access to Nature. Vancouver residents enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the world’s most spectacular urban forest.
Goal: Clean Water. Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world
Goal: Vancouver will become a global leader in urban food systems
For more information on the goals and progress of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, see:
The successful candidate commits to:
- Attend an orientation day with the city at City Hall in May 2014.
- Spend at least 50% of the total work time (250 hours) on-site at the City from May 1 – August 16, 2014.
- Develop a one-page description of the tasks to be undertaken, including a list of objectives to be achieved and associated deliverables. This Agreement is developed in consultation with the successful candidates’ mentor from the City and is due to UBC on May 16, 2014.
- Complete the agreed upon deliverables within the program timeline (May 1 – August 16, 2014).
- Participate in a half-day workshop at UBC at the completion of the program to reflect on the experiences learned and help prepare for the next incoming student cohort.
Successful candidates will be provided with a Student Orientation Package outlining further details of the program.
Applicants must provide the following:
- Create a resume and a one-page statement of interest, saved together in one PDF file in the format [Project number_Last name_First name.pdf], for example 5_Smith_Jenny.pdf
- The statement of interest should identify which one of the fifteen projects (see project links under the Greenest City 2020 goals above) you are interested in and how your background, skills and experience align with the group’s long term goals (maximum 300 words)
- Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 6 at 4:30pm
Once you are ready, you can apply here.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with Greenest City Scholars in the subject line.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March, 2014. Appointments will commence May 1, 2014.
Check out previous project reports at the Greenest City Scholar Projects Library.