A host of UBC initiatives offer students opportunities to volunteer with sustainability-oriented programs. Students can gain hands-on experience at the UBC Farm, contribute to UBC operational sustainability with the Res SC program, or devote their energy to social sustainability issues by volunteering with the Learning Exchange. Explore this list and find the program that's right for you.

Sustainability Student Network (SSN)

The UBC Sustainability Student Network (SSN) is a community of students who want to get involved in sustainability. The SSN connects students with meaningful sustainability-related volunteer opportunities that provide professional development and community building experience. This "Choose Your Own Adventure" model allows students to respond to opportunities that interest them, as they emerge.

Zero Waste Squad

The Zero Waste Squad program is a joint peer-led volunteer program open to UBC students brought to you by UBC Sustainability, AMS Sustainability and Common Energy UBC. Get involved today and help UBC become a zero waste campus!

UBC Farm

The UBC Farm offers practical volunteer opportunities to students that support over 100 different academic and community initiatives that take place on South Campus. Current popular volunteer programs at the farm include working with the Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen Garden Project, over 8 children’s programs including the FarmWonders summer camp and the Intergenerational Landed Learning Garden Project. Students from any discipline can also gain skills in urban food production and gain insights into the larger food system through direct participation in field activities, from planting to harvesting to marketing over 200 different food crops.

Sustainability in Residence

UBC created the Sustainability in Residence program to reduce waste, water and energy consumption in student residences and to build a culture of sustainability through student action. The Sustainability in Residence program is an opportunity for students living in residence to lead, inspire, and engage other residence students to find sustainable solutions and create change.

Learning Exchange Trek Program

Volunteer with the Learning Exchange Trek Program and learn about the issues that affect the Downtown Eastside and other inner city communities.  Share your talents, interests and skills while learning from diverse people in Vancouver’s inner-city schools and non-profit organizations.

Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program provides undergraduate Arts students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Arts internships are part-time, unpaid positions, and can provide you with a stepping stone to your future career.

Sustainability Ambassadors

The Sustainability Ambassadors  is a sustainability education outreach activity of the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) Teaching, Learning, & Research Office. Volunteer Ambassadors work with the Sustainability Student Engagement Manager as part of a team to deliver sustainability programming to fellow students on UBC's Vancouver campus.  They also network with student groups on campus to promote sustainability education. 

Student Groups

There are numerous volunteer-run student clubs, organizations and initiatives at UBC focused on sustainability. While some activities are in specific departments or faculties, many are open to students of all disciplines. All offer plenty of opportunities to meet new people and explore the many facets of sustainability.

Student Sustainability Council

The Student Sustainability Council provides feedback to specific projects, programs and initiatives of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, Campus and Community Planning, and Wellbeing at UBC. The Council is a conduit for communicating student-originated sustainability priorities in teaching and learning programs, research and partnerships opportunities, and campus operations.