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.


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.

The Sustainability Ambassadors are planning a week-long SDG event to discuss the framework through various lens 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 will encourage groups to recognize that sustainability is wholly interconnected and that we are more connected to one another than we may think.

Event dates: March 2-5, 2020

More information and details coming soon!

You may also contact us at sustainability.ambassadors@ubc.ca. We look forward to seeing you at the SDG Week.



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 2019 UBC Student Leadership Conference, this workshop focuses 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 will gain the tools and knowledge to critically implement the SDGs as leaders in their communities, contributing to a more prosperous, safe, and sustainable planet.

Event date: January 11, 2020

Learn more (including registration).



The Sustainability Fair aims 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. Our goal this year is to educate students about some of the sustainability issues they may be less familiar with, and to promote new or innovative methods of practicing sustainability.

Event Date: February 6, 2020

Want to participate or have a booth at the Fair? Contact us at sustainability.ambassadors@ubc.ca.



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 will work collaboratively in teams of 3-6, in consultation with faculty members, to “hack” a solution to an issue that a community organization faces.

Event Date: March 14-15, 2020

If you are a community organization interested in participating, please contact us at sustainability.ambassadors@ubc.ca.

Registration – coming soon.


SUSTAINABILITY Career Connections

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

Event date: March 5, 2020

Registration – coming soon.



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

For more information please email us at sustainability.ambassadors@ubc.ca.



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]