UBC's Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) provides a collaborative framework for faculty, staff, students and partners to address urgent global sustainability challenges. We seek to increase UBC’s collective impact by scaling up projects, enhancing knowledge exchange, and catalyzing effective policy influence and action as an agent of change.

Managed by the Sustainability Hub, CLL supports integration and collaboration among people from different disciplines across the university, along with local, regional and global partners, and enables the sharing of knowledge and experiences. CLL uses campus infrastructure, assets and resources to support applied research projects that have an operational benefit for the university, advance faculty research agendas, and create opportunities for student learning and knowledge exchanges.

Visit the Living Labs website

The term ‘living labs’ encompasses a broad range of concepts, and has been in use for a number of decades. Generally, it is used to describe a collaborative approach to the development of innovations (e.g. new ideas, technologies, practices), that are applied in a real-world environment.

CLL Grand Challenge $750k

In 2023, UBC Campus as a Living Lab expanded the annual CLL Fund Competition into a one-time, Campus Living Lab Grand Challenge responding to the urgent and critical need to accelerate our collective response to the climate emergency.

SEEDS Sustainability Program

SEEDS creates applied research and interdisciplinary partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community partners to advance sustainability ideas, policies, and practices and create societal impacts by using the Campus as a Living Laboratory. Find out how it works.