What do Sustainability Ambassadors actually do? See some of the projects they’re working on, and find out how they use them to engage more people across campus in sustainability issues.

Intro to Climate Change
Intro to Biodiversity


Current Projects


The Biodiversity Cohort of Sustainability Ambassadors is focused on driving engagement and action on the biodiversity crisis in the UBC community. In term one, this team of Ambassadors has been working hard on developing engagement materials and events. These engagement objectives intend to raise awareness of global conservation initiatives — such as International Soils Day, the 2022 COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and citizen science tools to monitor ecosystems. In term two, The Biodiversity Cohort will also be conducting applied research that can inform campus policy, in partnership with the SEEDS Sustainability Program. These projects will be driven by campus policy and will support action on monitoring invasive species, assessing ecological connectivity, and supporting native pollinators


The Climate Cohort is working on three educational outreach projects aiming to both connect UBC community members with nuanced perspectives on the climate emergency and provide safe spaces to engage in self- and community-reflexive dialogue that allow for intellectual and emotional capacity building.

Across both terms, Sustainability Ambassadors are assisting with the development and execution of UBC’s second annual Climate Emergency Week in partnership with Sustainability Hub’s Climate Emergency Team, AMS Sustainability, Climate Hub, Campus + Community Planning, and others. Events are intended to increase knowledge and action on the climate emergency, amplify frontline voices, and empower the UBC community.

In Term 1, members of the cohort developed and facilitated a pilot interactive activity for students enrolled in UBC’s Visualizing Climate Change course offered through the Faculty of Forestry. The activity focused on reinforcing the difference between demand-side and supply-side mitigation strategies for the climate emergency through fun, engaging, and empowering communication.

Emerging in Term 2, IBPOC Student Connections is a project that is being developed in partnership with UBC Wellbeing & the Sustainability Ambassadors Program. Its guiding purpose is to nurture a greater sense of connection between racialized students at UBC by holding space for meaningful conversations around identity, climate resilience & well-being.

Climate Resilient Communities
The Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) cohort is working on three care-oriented and justice-centred projects that aim to build collective capacity around responding to the climate crisis.

The Climate & Collective Liberation Project is a community coalition & digital resource hub that spotlights local leaders and organizations to bridge the connections between climate and social justice. Ambassadors will expand upon the scope of this project by engaging in creative knowledge translations, adding content that pertains to the four nodes of CRC (community care, urban resilience, climate tech, and health & wellbeing), and outreach to on and off-campus groups who are involved in climate resilience work.

The Climate Justice Concepts & Contexts Guide is a project being launched in partnership with the UBC Climate Hub. Ambassadors will help conduct community consultations to survey the existing landscape of climate justice & resilience work on campus and identify pathways for engagement with these principles.

IBPOC Student Connections is an emerging project that is being developed in partnership with UBC Wellbeing & the Sustainability Ambassadors Program. Its guiding purpose is to nurture a greater sense of connection between racialized students at UBC by holding space for meaningful conversations around identity, climate resilience & well-being.

Ethical Civic Engagement

The Ethical Civic Engagement Cohort is partnering with the Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), as well as the Dunbar Residents’ Association (DRA), to develop a 2-5 year Youth Engagement Strategic Plan, focusing on fostering sustainability, intergenerational relationships, addressing social isolation, and combating food insecurity. The plan will detail recommendations for the Dunbar community to address the aforementioned issues, which will be informed through research of local examples and community outreach. This plan will then be given to the DRA for implementation.


The Justice cohort is developing programming related to just transition for the society, environment, and economy to be featured during the first SDG Week Canada from March 6th to 10th, 2023 in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada to raise awareness of and engagement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Social Justice team is planning a panel event to discuss narratives around social deficits versus social assets. The Environmental Justice team is putting together an educational networking event centred around climate and advocacy. The Economic Justice is organizing a movie screening followed by a panel discussion to reflect on the interconnections between ecological and economic systems.


Rep/Consultant Positions

Campus and Community Planning

A group of Ambassadors are working closely with Campus and Community planning to develop online resources for students on campus during COVID-19. 



Group leads: Aidan Haigh, Joshua Jamora and Sarisa Choy

Project Team Mentors: Tawnee Milko, Campus and Community Planning
Representatives to the Global Lounge


Global Lounge

Sustainability Ambassadors are representatives to the Global Lounge, serving on the International Development and Sustainability committees. They are working throughout the year to create events promoting the goals of their committees and ensuring sustainability is present throughout the planning and programming of various events.



Group leads: Isabella Montecalvo and Ian Garvie

Project Team Mentors: Eve Court, Program Advisor, Global Lounge


Climate Hub

The Ambassadors work with the Climate Hub’s team to seek out opportunities for collaboration and maintain open communication throughout the sustainability community.



Group leads: Vanshika Jotsingha and Lauren Moody

Project Team Mentor: Liam Orme and Adriana Laurent, Climate Hub


Plant Forward Group

Sustainability Ambassadors are working closely with UBC Plant Forward to raise awareness and integrate food security aspects into the UBC Food Services operations.



Group leads: Sadhri Kumar and Kaitlyn Ho

Project Team Mentors: Vicky Kim, Sarah Sara Kozicky and Leo Ernielly (UBC Wellbeing)


Representatives to the Student Sustainability Council

Sustainability Ambassadors serve on the SSC and provide consultation and feedback on the projects brought forward to the Council.



Group leads: Divija Madhani and Jason Adle

Project Team Mentor: Kate Theriault


Kindness Group

Sustainability Ambassadors are working with the Kindness Group to support on-going projects and bring more kindness to the UBC campus.



Group lead: Justin Kung

Project Team Mentor: Laura Super


Communications Group

Ambassadors from across the various major projects planned during the cohort come together to provide support in the promoting of their respective events. 



Group leads: Shruti Sridhar, Jade Yeung, Gideon Odionu, Julie Hui, Sakshi Chandak, Vanessa Hsu, Jacqueline Neufeld, Nika Martinussen, Sam Shin, Shane Hunt and Madeline Woodley

Project Team Mentors: Kshamta Hunter and Natalie Hawryshkewich


Want to learn more about any of the Sustainability Ambassadors’s projects and initiatives? Contact us at sustainability.ambassadors@ubc.ca.


Past Projects


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability Ambassadors planned a week-long SDG event to discuss the framework through various lenses including Indigenous perspectives, science, city, and social entrepreneurs

SDG Week

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly and adopted by countries around the world. They are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity in a world where no one is left behind.

This year’s SDG Week will include a series of events and workshops to learn about the SDGs and gain skills to take into your own action. Over the course of the week, students will be able to engage with the SDGs through the lens of the 5 Ps (Peace, Prosperity, People, Planet and Partnerships).



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Gideon Odionu, Kaitlyn Ho, Julie Hui, Sakshi Chandak and Lauren Moody

Project Team Mentors: Mannkiran Pandher and Emily White

Emerging collaborations: Global Lounge and UBC SDG Alliance


Sustainability Career Connections

Want to learn more about the sustainable careers available to you as well as work on the skills to get you there?

A careers night will be hosted for students to receive sustainability career information. This will give students the opportunity to discover how sustainability may be incorporated into their careers without being a strictly sustainability-related profession. 



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Sarisa Choy, Shruti Sridhar, Vanshika Jotsingha and Jade Yeung 

Project Team Mentors: Manjot Sandhu and Anisha Sandhu

Emerging collaborations: EMBARK SFU, Kwantlen Student Association, Climate Hub and CityStudio


Sustainability Hackathon  

The Hackathon created by the same Ambassadors team will include a challenge posed by the community partner, AMS Sustainability, that requires the attention of interdisciplinary research and creative new perspectives. This event will allow students to work collaboratively in consultation with stakeholders to devise innovative ways to address a sustainability challenge.



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Sarisa Choy, Shruti Sridhar, Vanshika Jotsingha and Jade Yeung 

Project Team Mentors: Manjot Sandhu and Anisha Sandhu

Emerging collaborations: AMS Sustainability


Sport and Sustainability 

A team of Sustainability Ambassadors is partnering with the Centre for Sport and Sustainability to create a resource guide and podcast on Athletes and Impact Making. 



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Sadhri Kumar and Vanessa Hsu 

Project Team Mentor: Phoebe Autio

Emerging collaborations: Brian Wilson, Centre for Sport and Sustainability


Indigenous Perspectives, Social Justice Project 

The Sustainability Ambassadors team is working to establish a collaborative group where students can come together to strategize ways to take action against social injustices and promote intersectional environmentalism. 



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Jacqueline Neufeld, Samuel Shin and Nika Martinussen 

Project Team Mentor: Vicky Kim

Emerging collaborations: AMS Indigenous counselor and committee, Amplify Indigenous Voices initiative, and AMS Sustainability


Sustainability Storytelling/Research Symposium 

Are you interested in learning, connecting and engaging with storytelling related to sustainability and research?

The Ambassadors will be hosting an online event where UBC students can connect with professionals and immerse in different stories around research in the sustainability field.



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Jason Adle, Justin Kung, Joshua Jamora and Shane Hunt 

Project Team Mentor: Laura Super and Tiffany Mak

Emerging collaborations: CALP


Circular Economy in Action 

How can UBC further its sustainability goals through incorporating circular economies?

Sustainability Ambassadors are in the midst of planning an initiative meant to enhance other circular economy initiatives occurring on the campus. In the end, the UBC community and infrastructure may be able to adopt more sustainable practices through the theory of the circular economy. 



Sustainability Ambassadors team leads: Aidan Haigh, Ian Garvie, Kaitlyn Ho, Divija Madhani, Madeline Woodley and Isabella Montecalvo 

Project Team Mentor: Natalie Hanna

Emerging collaborations: Campus and Community Planning, AMS Sustainability and CAP 2030


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability Ambassadors planned a week-long SDG event to discuss the framework through various lenses including Indigenous perspectives, science, city, and social entrepreneurship. Besides boosting awareness of the SDGs, the aim of our SDG Week is to facilitate increased collaboration among various organizations working on the goals.

Through active discussion and listening, the SDG Week encouraged groups to recognize that sustainability is wholly interconnected and that we are more connected to one another than we may think.

UBC Student Leadership Conference: Sustainability Workshop

The interconnectedness of sustainability challenges must be addressed to meet the urgent environmental, political, and economic challenges the world currently faces.

Presented as part of the 2020 UBC Student Leadership Conference, this workshop focused on social, economic, and environmental sustainability, encompassing multiple perspectives, to explore the connections between leadership and sustainability.

With a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a collection of global goals set by the United Nations in Agenda 2030 – attendees gained the tools and knowledge to critically implement the SDGs as leaders in their communities, contributing to a more prosperous, safe, and sustainable planet.

Sustainability Fair

The Sustainability Fair aimed to inspire students, faculty, and staff to become involved with sustainability through engaging activities and informative displays.

The fair is an interdisciplinary and intersectional event showcasing businesses, organizations, and student groups that aim to create more equitable, livable, and inclusive communities. This year's goal was to educate students about some of the sustainability issues they were less familiar with, and to promote new or innovative methods of practicing sustainability.

Sustainability Hacks

Sustainability Hacks is a code-free hackathon that brings local sustainability-driven organizations, UBC faculty members, and ambitious students together for a weekend of synergy and innovation. Students worked collaboratively in teams of 3-6, in consultation with faculty members, to “hack” a solution to an issue that a community organization faces.

Sustainability Career Connections

Are you interested in pursuing a career in sustainability? Sustainability Career Connections connects students with alumni working in the industry. Hear about their path, and how they have transformed their education into a career.

Sport and Sustainability

A group of Sustainability Ambassadors are working closely with the Centre for Sport and Sustainability to developed a project with UBC Varsity teams and their climate impact by measuring their carbon footprint involving travel and gear.



The 2017/18 Ambassadors worked with campus stakeholders and film students to develop 4 short films to integrate into student training, screen at events, and as a UBC student facilitation tool. 

These films demonstrate:

  • Where our energy comes from
  • How much energy, water, and food are consumed and wasted daily 
  • Positive environmental impacts of small lifestyle changes
  • Average carbon footprints and how to lower them

Wasted. A video series: Waste. [Youtube] 
Wasted. A video series: Food. [Youtube]
Wasted. A video series: Water. [Youtube]
Wasted. A video series: Energy. [Youtube]

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