This innovative summer internship program sponsors UBC graduate students to work on sustainability projects with the City of Vancouver. UBC graduate students are partnered with a city team and a mentor to investigate and implement a project identified under Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
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 2013.
The USI 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.
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 research project within one of the goal areas listed below. A research 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 research questions. Click on the research question for full project description:
Goal#1: Secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a Mecca of green enterprise (2 projects)
Goal#2: Climate Leadership (1 project)
Goal#4: Make walking, cycling and public transit preferred transportation options (2 projects)
Goal#5: Create zero waste (2 projects)
Goal#6: Vancouver residents enjoy incomparable access to green spaces, including the world’s most spectacular urban forest. (2 projects)
Goal#8: Vancouver will have the best drinking water of any city in the world (1 project)
Goal#10: Vancouver will become a global leader in urban food systems (1 project)
For more information on the goals and progress of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, see:
The successful candidate commits to:
Successful candidates will be provided with a Student Orientation Package outlining further details of the program.
Applicants must provide the following:
Applications are due by 4 pm on March 4, 2013 and must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March, 2013. Appointments will commence May 1, 2013.
Check out last year's project reports at the Greenest City Scholar Projects Library.