Lab Sustainability Coordinators inspire their colleagues to adopt sustainable practices, identify conservation opportunities in their labs and departments, and communicate UBC sustainability policies, procedures and events.

These lab sustainability champions have been instrumental in piloting waste diversion initiatives including nitrile glove, amber glass and lab plastic recycling. They also support delivery of key Green Labs energy conservation campaigns such as Chill Up and Shut the Sash which contribute to UBC’s aggressive climate action targets. Through their hard work and dedication, the network raises awareness, creates lasting change and embeds a culture of sustainability within the research community.

Using two to four hours of work time per month, Sustainability Coordinators help to:

  • Inspire colleagues to make changes in energy consumption, waste, purchasing, transportation, food, and more
  • Deliver information about the ecological impact of research activities
  • Identify sustainability initiatives for their departments
  • Communicate UBC sustainability policies, procedures, news and events
  • Make sustainability easy and fun


By becoming a Sustainability Coordinator, you will:

  • Join the network of over 120 coordinators across campus
  • Attend sustainability-focused educational events and networking sessions
  • Develop skills through sustainability-related training sessions
  • Access funding opportunities and campus-wide recognition event


All UBC Vancouver staff, faculty and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Join us

“One of my favourite parts of being a Lab Sustainability Coordinator is being a part of a community of sustainability champions from different departments. I also love the educational tours.”

- Verena Goebeler, Research Manager, UBC Dentistry

“I have integrated green lab and sustainability topics as a regular item into our quarterly lab managers meetings. It’s a great way to get unified buy-in on sustainability initiatives such as ULT freezer chill-up and lab recycling!”

- Karen Reid, Operations Manager, Michael Smith Laboratories