Sustainability Curriculum Grants

UBC is proud to support the development and refinement of sustainability programs and courses via two grant programs available to faculty members in any discipline. Pathway Grants support the development of sustainability learning pathways within a department or Faculty, and Spotlight Grants support the revision of existing undergraduate courses. A brief overview of each grant program is given below.

To learn more and apply for a UBC sustainability curriculum grant, contact the USI’s Teaching, Learning & Research office.

Pathway Grants

Pathway grants are awarded to UBC faculty members who lead the development and implementation of new sustainability learning pathways at UBC. A sustainability learning pathway is a collection of sustainability-oriented courses and experiences that ground students in the four UBC student sustainability attributes: holistic systems thinking, sustainability knowledge, awareness & integration and acting for positive change. Pathway grants require a lead faculty member who is endorsed by their Department Head and Dean to guide the pathway project. Pathway Grants are awarded for two years. The grant is intended to catalyze discussion within participating departments and faculties with the goal of developing a robust pathway plan that is implemented either during or after the completion of the grant. The lead faculty member on the pathway grant must also participate as a USI Fellow for the duration of the two year grant. Fellows belong to a cohort consisting of other sustainability curriculum grant holders. Fellows meet once per month during the academic year to discuss project progress with their peers and work on shared curriculum goals. Statements of Interest and applications are received on an ongoing basis, but funding is competitive and limited to 2-3 pathway grants per year. Grants are usually awarded in the summer, with project work and the fellowship program starting in the fall.

Spotlight Grants

Spotlight grants provide course instructors up to $5,000 of one-time funding to revise an existing undergraduate course. The grant supports the integration of sustainability content, innovative pedagogies, and/or sustainability research into a course. All UBC faculty who have a demonstrated interest in sustainability and are teaching a course in the current academic year are eligible to apply. Spotlight grant holders may also apply to participate as a USI Fellow for the duration of their one year grant. Fellows receive an annual $5,000 stipend and belong to a cohort consisting of other sustainability curriculum grant holders. Fellows meet once per month during the academic year to discuss project progress with their peers and work on shared curriculum goals. Statements of Interest and applications are received on an ongoing basis, but funding is competitive and limited to four courses per year. Grants are usually awarded in the summer, with project work and the fellowship program commencing in the fall.