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 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 each year.
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 over the summer.
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.
Over summer 2014, UBC students worked on the following projects. Click on the project title for full project description.
Project reports will be available through the Greenest City Scholar Projects Library.
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:
Check out previous project reports at the Greenest City Scholar Projects Library.