The Workplace Sustainability Fund awards UBC Sustainability Coordinators with up to $1000 to support sustainability initiatives in their units.


Have a sustainability project idea for your department or unit? The Workplace Sustainability Fund helps turn ideas into action.

Funds are available annually for Sustainability Coordinators to pursue sustainability projects addressing at least one of the following focus areas (links provide further context to each focus area as related to UBC's Climate Action Plan 2030 and other campus plans):


Applicants to the Fund must be registered Sustainability Coordinators

Sustainability Coordinators in any type of workplace setting (offices, labs, facilities/maintenance/trades, food service/retail outlets etc.) are welcome to apply. Applications are open to coordinators at the Point Grey Campus, Robson Square Campus and Teaching Hospital Sites. SCs have sometimes partnered with non-SC colleagues to design and implement a project, though the SC must be the primary applicant.

Learn how to become a Sustainability Coordinator for your unit.


Workplace Sustainability Fund applications for 2023 will be open from January 5, 2023 - Feb. 6, 2023.

Funding application process:

  1. Review the Funding Criteria and Guidelines
  2. Complete the Funding Application Form
  3. Submit applications via email to

If you have any questions about eligibility, project suitability, or would like to learn more about the fund, please contact


Congratulations to our 2023/24 grant recipients!

  • UBC Go Global and Office of the Vice-Provost InternationalStudent Educational Travel and the Climate Crisis ($1000) (Mathew Lyle)
  • School of Information: Great Canadian Shore Beach/Park Clean-up ($990) (Debra Locke)
  • University Neighbourhoods Association: Sustainable Events Pilot Project ($1000) (Robyn Chan)
  • Centre for Blood Research/OBMS: Circular Loop Lap Plastic Recycling Through Polycarbins Recycling Boxes ($1000) (Dr. Reinhild Kappelhoff)


Funds awarded to date have supported various projects, including:

  • Great Canadian Shoreline Beach or Park Clean Up – School of Information
  • Sustainability Eco Challenge Project – Department of Asian Studies
  • UBC's Global Engagement and Climate Change – UBC Go Global and Office of the Vice-Provost International
  • Pilot Project for the Recycling of Gloves (Non-Biohazardous), Non-Surgical and N95 Masks in the Centre for Blood Research – Centre for Blood Research/OBMS
  • Surplus Recycling Coordinator – Department of Geography
  • Plastic Reduction Initiative for Campus Farmers' Markets – UBC Farm Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
  • Asian Studies Sustainability Website Development – Department of Asian Studies
  • Library #ClimateAction Movie Night Online – UBC Library
  • UBC's Global Engagement and Climate Change – UBC Go Global and Office of the Vice-Provost International
  • EcoFootprint Initiative – Department of Asian Studies
  • Textile Recycling & Refundable Container Secure Storage Space Project – UBC Athletics & Recreation
  • Athletes Communicating Climate Action: Workshops and Film – UBC Climate Hub
  • Plastic Bag Use Reduction Initiative – UBC Bookstore
  • Mugshare Program & Activities – Centre for Teaching Learning & Technology
  • Sustainability Lunch and Learn series – Supply Management
  • Recycling and composting education initiatives – School of Population and Public Health
  • Styrofoam reduction and recycling pilot programs – Brain Research Centre and the Life Sciences Institute
  • E-waste educational event and recycling drive – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability


Learn more about additional funding opportunities for sustainability projects at UBC.