UBC offers several programs and initiatives to inspire staff to make meaningful contributions on campus. As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, these initiatives demonstrate our commitment to creating a culture of sustainability at UBC. Find out more below, and get involved today.
The SEEDS Sustainability Program advances campus sustainability by creating partnerships between students, operational staff, and faculty on innovative and impactful research projects.
The Sustainability Coordinator (SC) Program provides UBC staff members with opportunities and resources to promote and implement sustainable practices in their departments.
About the Program
Developed at UBC in 1999, the Sustainability Coordinator Program offers staff members the support, awareness, skills and tools they need to foster sustainability in their respective departments.
Using two to four hours of work time per month, with supervisor permission, SCs help to:
At UBC, we are committed to advancing sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of the research footprint.
With over 400 labs across campus, UBC’s research activities require a significant amount of energy, water and materials. In fact, campus buildings with labs consume the most energy and water and generate the most hazardous waste.
The Green Labs Program empowers the research community to reduce the environmental impact of research-related activities by providing environmental best practices and sustainable solutions.
At UBC we value our commitment to life-long learning as a key contribution to our larger community. Several units at UBC provide sustainability learning for practicing professionals, ranging from watershed management to health & wellness education.
As a UBC employee, there’s a lot you can do to contribute to our culture of sustainability. Use the Employee Sustainability Guide to help you make green choices throughout your workday.
About the Guide
Originally designed as an online sustainability orientation resource for new staff and faculty, the Employee Sustainability Guide applies to all UBC employees, and outlines:
UBC Reads Sustainability is an exciting program that brings well-known sustainability authors to our campus to engage in a campus-wide discussion
The Workplace Sustainability Fund awards UBC Sustainability Coordinators with up to $1,000 to support sustainability initiatives in their units.
Apply to the Fund
The next funding cycle will be announced in Fall 2016.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBC’s Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund offers grants up to $5,000 to support healthy workplace programs for UBC employees.
Visit the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program Fund page at UBC Human Resources to learn about the types of initiatives eligible for funding, and to apply for funding.