As part of our mission at the Sustainability Hub, we support faculty from across disciplines who are working to integrate sustainability and climate change content in their teaching so that their students can become agents of change in the world.
Climate and Wellbeing Education Grants support faculty members who are looking to enhance their courses with climate change and wellbeing content and approaches. Browse project proposals from 2023 grant recipients to learn more about how this content is being integrated into UBC courses.
Faculty of Arts (UBC Vancouver)
Introducing the Study of Politics through the Politics of Climate Change
Dr. Bruce Baum – Political Science
The purpose of this project is to reorganize POLI 100 (Introduction to Politics) by incorporating the climate crisis as an ongoing thematic focus. This project aims to establish a continuous theme that enables the connection of abstract political concepts—such as justice, norms, empirical reality, power, the state, rights, democracy, gender, racism, globalization, and Indigeneity—to practical challenges of widespread interest.
Interactions between Pandemics and Climate Change: Incorporating New Content and Teaching Strategies in SOCI 290 Global Pandemics
Dr. Katherine Lyon – Sociology
The purpose of this project is to develop new climate crisis content for SOCI 290. This content will establish connections between the climate crisis and pandemics within various course units, including disaster studies, sociology of health, sociology of race and racism, colonialism and Indigeneity, sociology of environment, sociology of gender, and media studies. In this course, students will examine how the interactions between pandemics and climate change impact different social groups and learn strategies for managing their own well-being.
Tackling Climate Action through Children’s Literature
Dr. Tanya Kyi – Creative Writing
The grant will support the adaptation of creative writing modules (CRWR 203, 403, and 503) to encourage a focus on climate communication. The goal is to expose students to children's climate communication and navigate the balance between factual content and calls to action in children's climate literature.
Building Connective Tissue of Care In the Classroom: Reimagining GEOG 302
Avi Lewis – Geography
This project aims to integrate community care, emotional and psychological wellbeing aspects into the course pedagogy, projects, and materials of GEOG 302 (Climate Justice). The objective is to provide students with an open space and a supportive environment for generative discussions about the affective contours of the climate emergency in a world that desperately needs climate justice. This will allow them to push past paralysis and mobilize into action.
Faculty of Forestry (UBC Vancouver)
Revising an Introductory Urban Forestry Course to Incorporate Climate Change and Wellbeing
Dr. Andrew Almas – Forest Resources Management
This project aims to create lecture modules for UFOR100 (Greening the City), along with associated lab assignments, test questions, and discussion board topics. These materials will focus on climate change and wellbeing in the context of Urban Forestry practice.
Enriching Climate Change Curriculum for CONS 127 (Observing the Earth from Space)
Christopher Colton – Forest Resources Management
This project aims to develop a new module for CONS 127 with a focus on the climate emergency, including urbanization, human health, sea level rise, climate-related food security (or insecurity), climate change inequities, geopolitics, and human wellness.
SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND EXERCISE SCIENCE (UBC Okanagan)
Creating Synergy in Teaching and Learning; Linking Climate Action with Nutrition and Wellbeing
Dr. Sally Stewart – Health and Exercise Sciences
The grant will support the establishment of regular meetings and round table discussions in the faculty to support instructors in creating healthier learning environments and to explore innovative ways to advance sustainability and wellbeing in their respective learning context. The grant will also support the development of resources that enhance the connections between climate change and health and wellbeing, to be shared among instructors.
FACULTY OF MEDICINE (UBC VANCOUVER)
Integrating Planetary Health and Wellbeing through a Constructivist Approach
Dr. Adrian Yee – Medicine
This project aims to enhance medical students' understanding of planetary health in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Undergraduate Program, with a focus on human well-being. It will also integrate planetary health into the program's case-based learning curriculum to reinforce learners' foundational science knowledge and encourage its application in a clinical context.
FACULTY OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (UBC VANCOUVER)
Integrating Planetary Health into Pharmacy Education
Dr. Robert Pammett – Pharmaceutical Sciences
This project aims to evaluate and refine the educational module in PHRM 441 (Seminar: Advanced Topics in Pharmacy Practice) that explores the connections between pharmacists' roles in healthcare and climate change. The objective is to prepare future pharmacy professionals to address climate change challenges within the field.
FACULTY OF EDUCATION (UBC Vancouver)
Kin(esiology) in Climate: Health Stories from Our Shared City
Dr. Liv Yoon – Kinesiology
The grant will fund the production of a video and a study guide exploring the connections between the climate crisis, health, and social inequities for KIN 262 (Health, Policy, and Society). The video will personalize the climate issue through stories from those on the frontlines of the climate emergency in Vancouver, offering valuable local lived experiences across the entire course curriculum.
Revising EDST 503 for use in MEd in Education for Sustainability, Regeneration and Resilience
Kari Grain – Educational Studies
This project aims to revise a graduate course EDST 503 for a collaborative Master's program in three faculties, focusing on climate change and wellbeing. The modules will be revised to emphasize emotions in climate change learning, provide wellbeing strategies in the face of climate change emotions, and explore the role of hope.
FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCE (UBC VANCOUVER)
Strengthening Climate Change Concepts, Tools and Critical Thinking in Core Courses of the Emerging Environmental Engineering (ENVL) Program
Zeina Baalbaki – Civil Engineering
This project aims to enhance climate change content in key ENVE courses (ENVE 202 and 401) by highlighting technical correlations between climate change, human wellbeing, and impacts on environmental spheres. The course will guide engineering students in developing a framework for climate-resilient design. The grant will also support the offering of interactive case studies reflecting contemporary climate change challenges, fostering students’ critical thinking. The goal of this content is to equip environmentally and socially responsible engineers with the skills and tools to address climate change challenges.