UBC aims to teach future sustainability leaders, conduct relevant research, and ensure that our private, public and NGO partners take the outcomes of our work together into commercial and community spaces. 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

As a university, UBC’s mandate is to educate the next generation of leaders. To support students in reaching their potential, UBC has established “sustainability pathways” that allow students, regardless of discipline, to integrate sustainability into their studies. Our hope is that these future leaders will take what they have learned in the classroom beyond the gates of campus and effect positive change.

UBC offers more than 600 sustainability courses and 60 programs that range in scope from highly specialized to multidisciplinary. A number of non-credit options are also available such as UBC Sustainability Scholars, UBC Reads Sustainability, volunteer opportunities at the UBC Farm, participation in the SEEDS Program, and collaboration with CityStudio that brings students and faculty from Vancouver’s six post-secondary institutions to work with the City of Vancouver.

RESEARCH

UBC plays a leadership role among global post-secondary institutions that focus on researching, developing, and demonstrating sustainable practices. With over 400 faculty investigating sustainability, our goal is to excel across the spectrum of fundamental and applied research.

We operate multiple centres of excellence and research groups in order to address complex issues at different scales, and respond to critical community needs. And our research advances interdisciplinary and cross-cutting methods, linking research to action both on-and-off campus.

UBC researchers create change beyond our campus through actively engaging in research that contributes to addressing sustainability issues in many other communities and jurisdictions.

PARTNERSHIPS

Partners are key to UBC’s efforts because partners can do what we cannot. Through partnerships with the private, public and NGO sectors, UBC is able to expand our expertise on sustainability and reach beyond campus.

Private sector partners can commercialize and take to market technologies and innovations developed on campus. Public sector partners can work with UBC to develop policies and regulations, then share these changes with other communities. NGO partners can help with social licence and community engagement efforts beyond our campus. Partners also contribute expertise, human capital and resources to projects that might not otherwise be available.

The more we work together, the larger the potential impact. Consider how we could work together through collaborative research or via regional and international engagement.