The Sustainability Hub is excited to announce the return – and scaling up – of the Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) Competition for 23-24.

UBC’s Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) is a collaborative framework for researchers, students, staff and external partners to leverage the campus to explore, develop and test new ideas, and to share the knowledge gained from these experiences. 

This year, the CLL Fund Competition will provide seed funding of up to $250,000 for innovative projects that take action in the climate emergency The funding will include:

  • $500,000 for the UBC Vancouver Campus, distributed as funding for two (2) projects of $250,000 each
  • $250,000 for the projects at the UBC Okanagan Campus


The CLL Grand Challenge 2023 is supported by annual Campus Living Lab Funds, and a one-time gift from the UBC President’s Priority Fund.  

A Notice of Intent is due on September 18, 2023, with full applications due in November.


Funding focus: UBC’s Climate Emergency Response

The CLL Grand Challenge invites applicants to envision a future BC and Canada, responding and adapting to the climate emergency, and activating the role that UBC can play in realizing this future in our communities, cities, and regions. 

CLL Projects are co-developed by interdisciplinary academic-operational teams, and must have a faculty and staff lead. 

Proposals must explicitly connect to at least one recommendation in the UBC 2021 Climate Emergency Task Force Report:

  • Operationalize UBC’s commitments to climate justice and support IBPOC leadership and initiatives
  • Demonstrate institutional leadership on climate justice
  • Establish mechanisms and processes that ensure Indigenous perspectives, communities and worldviews shape climate related initiatives and policies
  • Expand, strengthen and coordinate climate research at UBC
  • Foster a culture of engage and advocacy on climate action
  • Support community wellbeing in the face of the climate crisis
  • Expand climate education opportunities and resources for the UBC community ad broader public
  • Develop new and strengthen partnerships to tackle the climate emergency
  • Accelerate emissions reductions on both campuses through CAP 2030

Within the climate emergency framing, project focus areas should be based on expertise and aligned with strategic value for UBC and the region.

For more information, please visit: CLL Grand Challenge 2023.