The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is an immersive leadership experience built on the Social Change Model of Leadership. This program is for student leaders at both the undergraduate and graduate level, interested in personal, collaborative, and community engaged learning to gain greater self-knowledge while designing projects and initiatives that foster human wellbeing and encourage engagement in sustainability.
The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is committed to leading and inspiring the UBC community to learn more about sustainability, and to explore how sustainability principles and practices can be embedded into their own lives to effect positive and lasting changes.
Engage in personal and professional skill development by:
- Creating, planning and delivering sustainability education events
- Supporting a student sustainability network on campus and facilitating collaborations
- Consulting with student groups to provide them with sustainability training and support
- Developing sustainability competencies and skills
Assist in the coordination and facilitation of projects and events by:
- Planning and implementing various events such as the annual Sustainability Fair, Sustainability Research Symposium, Storytelling Night, Career Night and Student Networking events.
- Promoting and enhancing sustainability education within your own faculty and department and the wider campus
- Developing new approaches to reach out to the student population at UBC
- Collaborating with other groups on campus to address specific sustainability issues or requests
- Staffing booths at orientation (UBC Imagine) and at special events across campus
- Supporting the creation of promotional materials and marketing campaigns to support projects and events
- Promoting the Sustainability initiatives through personal networks, online campaigns and at official events throughout UBC
- Finding and encouraging connections between various sustainability groups on campus
- Representing at the Student Sustainability Council
An average contribution of 4-5 hours per week is expected from volunteers as follows:
- 1 hour per week: Sustainability Consulting
- 1.5 hours per week: Ambassadors team meetings and on-going training
- 1 hour per week: Outreach (depending on the time of year)
- 1 hour per week: Project team meetings (separate meetings outside Ambassadors team meetings to meet with specific project team to plan events)
Successful candidates will commit to 8 month period (September 2019-April 2020).
Sport and Sustainability Ambassador
This year, the Sustainability Ambassadors program is partnering with the School of Kinesiology’s Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) to select a group of undergraduate and graduate students as Sport and Sustainability Ambassadors! If you are interested in becoming a Sport and Sustainability Ambassador, please indicate this in your application.
Sport and Sustainability Ambassadors will be mentored by a faculty/staff member working on behalf of the CSS. Ambassadors will either focus on a sport-specific project, or work to address the role of sport in broader initiatives.
With the support of USI and the CSS, Sport and Sustainability Ambassadors will brainstorm new ways of engaging the UBC community in sport and sustainability and may develop new programming to support the new goals. The CSS’s mission is to improve “understandings of the relationships between sport and human and ecological wellbeing, social and economic development, and cultural identity.”
Students will develop key sustainability competencies and will be trained in leadership and professional development skills from the UBC Sustainability Initiative’s (USI) Teaching, Learning & Student Engagement (TLSE) Office. Workshops will be held during meeting times and on key training days. There will also be on-going discussions on sustainability issues and topics during the weekly meetings. This is to ensure baseline knowledge about different UBC Sustainability resources.
Please note that these training sessions and meetings are mandatory – if you are a successful applicant, you will be asked to clear your schedule of classes or other commitments during these times; so please build your schedule of courses and other activities around these times.
- Attend the Spring Welcome event — Friday, April 5, 2019 (please note that exams begin April 8)
- Attend Sustainability Ambassadors Orientation — September 7, 2019 (8:30am-4:30pm)
- Weekly team meetings (these meetings will remain fixed on Tuesday unless discussed otherwise; Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement reserves the right to change the meeting time after consultation)
- Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm, September 10 – December 2019 (no meetings during exam period)
- Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm, January 7 – April 2020 (no meetings during exam period)
- Attend the 2020 Spring Welcome event — to welcome new Ambassadors
A selected group of ambassadors may opt to work over the summer (May-August) to develop the program’s annual goals, commitments, and planning with the Manager, Sustainability Student Engagement and other UBC Sustainability staff.
Desired Skills and Experiences
- UBC undergraduate and graduate students in any faculty
- Positive attitude
- Enthusiasm for sustainability and leadership responsibilities at UBC
- Willingness to learn and share information with peers
- Interest in speaking with others and leading workshops
- Ability to take initiative
- Ability to take the lead as well as work cooperatively in small and large teams
- Committed to learning about sustainability
- Committed to ongoing learning and education
- Professional and reliable as a Sustainability Ambassador and Peer educator
Benefits of Participating
- Sponsorship to attend the annual UBC Student Leadership Conference
- Connection to UBC Sustainability – learn more about UBC initiatives
- Be a UBC sustainability leader
- Develop a set of professional competencies
- Assist UBC Communications with marketing and promotions
- Increase your knowledge about specific sustainability issues
- Meet other leaders who are also interested in promoting sustainability education
- Gain job-related skills and experience
- Make new friends and be better connected to the UBC community
Year 3, International Relations Major, Faculty of Arts
"Given the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, the program has provided me with the opportunity to develop creative ideas and projects by working with students from different academic backgrounds.”
Year 3, Geological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
“The program has provided me with unique opportunities to collaborate with like-minded students and professionals from multiple disciplines to promote action on sustainability across UBC.”
See more testimonials from Sustainability Ambassadors here.
Applications are open now until February 10, 2019. Please have your CV ready before you begin the application.