Sustainability in Residence

Students applaud an acoustic performance at the Totem Park Coffeehouse as part of the Do It in the Dark energy conservation competition.

UBC houses more than 10,000 students in 13 residential complexes. As a student living on campus, there are many ways you can get involved in sustainability in your residence. From leadership opportunities to integrating green lifestyle choices into your daily activities, living sustainably on campus can be both fun, and easy.

Sustainability in Residence activities at UBC are organized collaboratively between a number campus partners. To learn more about sustainability initiatives and involvement opportunities in your residence, explore below.

Totem Park and Place Vanier

Join your sustainability committee

Totem and Vanier’s sustainability committees organize engaging events and activities to promote a range of ecological and social sustainability topics in residence, such as:

  • Reducing water
  • Waste and energy use
  • Making sustainable food choices
  • Using green cleaning products, and
  • Recycling and composting

To get involved, contact your Residence Advisor.

Participate in Aim to Sustain

Each year, students in Totem and Vanier take action to promote sustainability in residences. It’s fun, social, and helps raise awareness around opportunities to make a difference. Learn more about Aim to Sustain and how to get involved.


Volunteer as a Sustainability Champion

Are you passionate about sustainability and want to get involved with your student community? We’re looking for sustainability orientated volunteers to engage with their residence communities for the Shorter Showers campaign – click here to find out more.

Support for Students Living in Residences

Want to pursue a sustainability initiative in residence? Interested in learning how you can get involved? Contact for ideas, support, and connections to resources.

Support for Resident Advisors

Campus Sustainability offers sustainability-related workshops through Residence Life’s Personal and Professional Development Program. Contact to get support today.