Student Opportunities

We are pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded internships doing applied research on sustainability projects.  

The UBC Sustainability Scholars program is open to UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines. Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 10 hours of work per week. Compensation is $21/hour for up to 250 hours of work. Project durations and completion dates are specified in the project description.

Browse our Project Library to view reports on the sustainability projects completed to date.

How to apply: Please review the application guide (PDF) before applying. This document outlines important program information, eligibility criteria, and the application procedure. You may apply for up to five positions. Applicants may also find this list of FAQs helpful.   

Applications will be accepted until midnight February 25, 2018.

Questions? Email




Summer 2018 Opportunities

Sustainability Scholars Projects

2018-02 Campus Energy Infrastructure Study (UBC Vancouver)

2018-03 UBC LED lighting retrofit plan

2018-04 Web application developer for UBC Sustainable Farming Tool

2018-05 Building innovative regional and international sustainability collaborations (full time 500 hours)

2018-06 Building innovative regional and international sustainability collaborations (part time 250 hours)

2018-07 Conflict resilience through Theatre for Living: community engagement & event management 

2018-08 Conflict resilience through Theatre for Living: project evaluation (cancelled)

2018-09 Implementation Strategy for Envision 2032, City of New West Sustainability Framework

2018-10 Analysis of high performance energy-efficient buildings in the City of North Vancouver (a case study)

2018-11 Understanding the performance gap for UBC residential buildings

2018-12 Feasibility review of Energy Step Code adoption – City of Abbotsford

2018-13 Impact of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure on EV adoption, trip behaviour and lifestyles

2018-14 Creating a circular economy in New West: pilot test of National Industrial Symbiosis Program

2018-15 High performance housing for the missing middle: planning & policy tools – City of New Westminster

2018-16 Local government levers for action on electric vehicle (EV) charging stations

2018-17 A review of Community Energy & Emissions Planning and GHG target setting in BC’s fastest growing city – City of Surrey

2018-18 Corporate Energy Step Code policy for new buildings and major renovations – Township of Langley

2018-19 LED street lighting business case – Township of Langley

2018-20 Understanding the Residential Builder Sector in BC

2018-21 Health and safety aspects of residential electric water heaters

2018-22 Conservation and energy management in Indigenous Communities

2018-23 Challenges and Opportunities for Heat Pumps in BC Hydro’s Non-Integrated Areas

2018-24 Understanding and communicating resale values of high performance homes (Nanaimo)

2018-25 Textiles Recycling Technologies and Colouring Methods

2018-26 Monitoring impacts of climate change on the forests of regional watersheds

2018-27 Estimating the impact of residential disposal of fats, oil and grease on the regional wastewater system

2018-28 Research to support appropriate source controls to address toxic contaminants found in surfactants

2018-29 Assessing the performance of Metro Vancouver’s wood smoke forecasting tool

2018-30 Assessment of Electrical Vehicle strategies/plans among local governments

2018-31 Comparative analysis of different dog waste processing methods

2018-32 Best management practices for Brittle Cinder Fungus in Regional Parks

2018-33 Mapping existing UBC food goals and initiatives towards a university-wide UBC Food Strategy

2018-34 Healthy Beverage Initiative research proposal development (UBC Okanagan)

2018-35 Developing a Framework for Community Programming Evaluation (UBC Campus)

2018-36 Critical review of the "Inclusive Excellence" framework for building an inclusive campus in Canada

2018-37 Developing a measurement Framework for Community Resilience

2018-38 Developing a Wellness program for Teaching Assistants

2018-39 Developing a community of practice to enhance faculty capacity to foster student wellbeing

2018-40 Supporting the implementation of the UBC Wellbeing Strategy

2018-41 Understanding the applicability of the WELL building standard to a UBC green building

2018-42 Evaluating partner engagement elements of UBC Thrive, an annual mental health promotion initiative

Greenest City Scholars Projects

2018-43 How can landscape along city streets be more resilient in the face of climate change?

2018-44 Understanding impacts of climate change on street tree health

2018-45 Nature Play in Vancouver Parks: Use of Parks by Teachers

2018-46 Developing an air quality particulate matter emissions inventory for the City’s fleet

2018-47 Local Industrial and Commercial Applications for On-Site Alternative Water Systems

2018-48 Water benchmarking study of restaurants, microbreweries and other businesses

2018-49 Benchmarking study of sports field turf irrigation and manual irrigation systems

2018-50 Research Local High-Performance Building Supply for New Low-Rise Homes

2018-51 Green Infrastructure in the Flats: Identifying Opportunities for Private Sector Participation

2018-52 Application of Stormwater Tree Trenches in the City of Vancouver

2018-53 Reducing the Vancouver Parks Board emission footprint through utilizing electric small equipment

2018-54 Developing a Long Term Sustainability Plan for the Vancouver Police Department

2018-55 Historical Analysis of Land Values on the Broadway Corridor

2018-56 Supporting Car Share Vehicles in the City of Vancouver

2018-57 Developing the Solutions Lab - Community of Practice + Qualitative Research + Workshop Delivery

2018-58 Supporting the development of the 2019-2022 Healthy City Action Plan

2018-59 GIS Interoperable Database for CIRES (Community Impact Real Estate Society)

2018-60 Impact study of potential uses of a Downtown Eastside facility

2018-61 Workplace Childcare: Discovering what really works for Vancouver children, families, and employers

2018-62 Healthy City Strategy Urban Indigenous Wellness Indicators

2018-63 Lifecycle Analysis of Electric Vehicles

2018-64 Solar Energy Farm – Organizational Framework and Business Case Research

2018-65  Revising the methodology for calculating and reporting on GHG emissions from contracted services

2018-66 Zero Waste Assest Inventory

2018-67 The Financial Viability of Recycling Depots in a City of Rising Costs

Winter 2018 Opportunities

2018-01 Developing a Student Engagement Plan for a Healthy Beverage Initiative at UBC CLOSED