Before you dive in, take a moment to review the program eligibility requirements and how to apply.

how to apply

1. Attend an information session or a resume preparation workshop (optional)

We are offering two information sessions and a resume preparation workshop pertinent to recruitment for the summer 2022 program. Click here for details and to register.

2. Review the program details and the list of opportunities

Read all the information on this page and in the application guide to make sure you understand the eligibility requirements and how the program works. Details about each opportunity can be found in the links below.

3. Update your resume and cover letter

You may apply for up to three different opportunities. Please make sure your resume is up-to-date and that you customise your cover letter for each opportunity that you’re applying for. Applying to the Scholars Program is competitive so it’s worthwhile to give yourself extra time to polish your cover letter and resume. 

4. Prepare your application

You will need to provide a separate resume and cover letter for each opportunity. You will also need to provide a list of references. Your cover letter, resume, and references must be saved as one PDF document, using the following naming convention: Project number_First name_Last name.pdf (e.g., 2022-072_Jenny_Smith.pdf).

5. Submit your application online



Summer 2022 Opportunities

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2022 Sustainability Scholars Program. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2022. All the available opportunities are listed below. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" notes above prior to submitting your application. Summary list of all the projects (PDF)

Collective Impact Projects

Collective Impact (CI) projects involve multiple Scholars working in collaboration on one larger project. Some CI projects require Scholars with similar skills while some require Scholars with different skills. If you are a strong communicator and like the idea of achieving high impact through collaboration, the following projects might be for you.

2022-001A Planning for Future Food Systems (Equity framework implementation) (closes Jan 30)
2022-001B Planning for Future Food Systems (Policy, practice and the rural/urban divide) (closes Jan 30)
2022-001C Planning for Future Food Systems (Evaluation framework case studies) (closes Jan 30)
2022-002 Virtual Community Engagement on Climate Impacts and Preparedness in Northeast BC (closes Jan 30)
2022-003A Updating Lake Assessment Protocol to Interweave Traditional Knowledge (Framework Dev't and Engagement) (closes Jan 30)
2022-003B Updating Lake Assessment Protocol to Interweave Traditional Knowledge (Technical Data Specialist) (closes Jan 30)
2022-004 Research to develop toolkits for the creation of circular innovation districts in other jurisdictions (closes Jan 30)
2022-005A Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Research & policy recommendations) (closes Jan 30)
2022-005B Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Carbon Modelling & Climate Mitigation Solutions) (closes Jan 30)
2022-005C Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Forest Fire Risk & Community Adaptation) (closes Jan 30)
2022-005D Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Ecological Services & Sustainability) (closes Jan 30)
2022-005E Regional plan for climate change adaptation & biodiversity conservation (Sustainability and Climate Geospatial Analysis) (closes Jan 30)
2022-006A Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Habitat Mgmt) (closes Jan 30)
2022-006B Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Wildlife Mgmt - bears & ungulates) (closes Jan 30)
2022-006C Literature reviews to support land, water & resource mgm't in Tŝilhqot’in Territory (Soil Amendment) (closes Jan 30)

Fraser Estuary Research Collaborative

The Fraser Estuary Research Collaborative (FERC) is focussed on advancing efforts to protect the Fraser River estuary in collaboration with key NGO and Indigenous partners. If you are interested in producing new knowledge and supporting Fraser estuary protection through scientific, technical, governance and policy innovations the following projects might be for you.

2022-040 Fine scale bird monitoring to inform the impact of wetland restoration on the Fraser delta (closes Jan 30)
2022-041 Graphic Rendering of a Restored and Resilient Fraser Estuary (closes Jan 30)
2022-042 Develop shoreline conservation and restoration strategies to retain Indigenous traditional foodlands (closes Jan 30)
2022-043 Flood Management for Climate, Salmon, and Community Resilience in the lower Fraser (closes Jan 30)
2022-044 Ecological Impacts and Demography of Resident Canada Geese in the Fraser River Estuary (closes Jan 30)
2022-045 Identifying barriers and opportunities for eelgrass restoration in the Fraser River Estuary (closes Jan 30)
2022-046 Exploring opportunities to accord the Fraser River Estuary legal personhood status (closes Jan 30)
2022-047 Monitoring guidelines to assess the long-term success of invasive species removal by Naturalist Clubs (closes Jan 30)
2022-048 Innovative approaches to research, knowledge sharing and engagement that centres Indigenous and diverse lenses   (closes Jan 30)
2022-049 Identifying and assessing climate change indicators in the Fraser estuary (closes Jan 30)
2022-050 Developing an Indigenous-centric cumulative effects framework to protect the Fraser River estuary (closes Jan 30)
2022-051 Assessing the potential for flood risk mitigation and salmon habitat restoration in the Lower Fraser (closes Jan 30)
2022-052 Evaluation of Regulations Governing Human Activities in the Lower Fraser (closes Jan 30)
2022-053 Research on agricultural land use regulations in the context of Indigenous food security (closes Jan 30)

Sustainability Scholars Projects

These innovative and interesting projects form the core of the Scholars Program and serve to advance sustainability and climate action across the lower mainland and beyond. If you are interested in supporting the sustainability and climate action goals of local governments, health authorities, transportation authorities, consultancies, start ups and other organizations striving to make a difference, please read through the whole list to choose the projects you are most interested in pursuing.

2022-007 Identify and assess options for end-of-life disposal/reuse of electric bus batteries (closes Jan 30)
2022-008 Understanding the Impacts of Urban and Invisible Freight (closes Jan 30)
2022-009 Embedding environmental sustainability into healthcare human resource communications (closes Jan 30)
2022-010 Mitigating environmental and public health impacts of refrigerants and other GHG emissions in healthcare (closes Jan 30)
2022-011 Aligning safer chemicals with patient care in BC health-care facilities (closes Jan 30)
2022-012 HVAC system design, technologies and protocols for enhanced indoor air quality and minimal energy usage (closes Jan 30)
2022-013 Advancing sustainable health care innovations through a policy and engagement strategy (closes Jan 30)
2022-014 Developing a Pathway of Climate Action in Kidney Care: Sustainable Nephrology Action Planning (closes Jan 30)
2022-015 Understanding the carbon sequestration value of the City of Victoria's urban forest (closes Jan 30)
2022-016 Building Energy Benchmarking: Integrating Climate-Risk Elements (closes Jan 30)
2022-017 Understanding capacity-building needs for heat pump retailers and installers (closes Jan 30)
2022-018 Research the Impacts of Innovative Fenestration Materials on the Embodied & Operating Carbon of Buildings (closes Jan 30)
2022-019 Developing a sustainability action plan for the West Vancouver Police Department (closes Jan 30)
2022-020 Innovative approaches to intercultural climate engagement  (closes Jan 30)
2022-021 Research to inform the carbon reduction strategy at Herschel Supply Co. (closes Jan 30)
2022-022 Case study research to tell the story of the Sustainability Scholars Program (closes Jan 30)
2022-023 Assessing the viability of innovative testing methods to monitor bacteriological activity in the water supply (closes Jan 30)
2022-024 Reclaimed Water Pricing Structures and Benefits Assessment for the Metro Vancouver Region (closes Jan 30)
2022-025 Review and cost analysis of low-emission alternatives to open-air burning of residential vegetative waste (closes Jan 30)
2022-026 Research to establish dedicated innovation and training spaces within Wastewater Treatment Plants (closes Jan 30)
2022-027 Supporting Metro Vancouver’s Fleet Climate Action Strategy (closes Jan 30)
2022-028 Evaluation of alternative breakwater materials for habitat restoration (closes Jan 30)
2022-029 Research on building form and character features that support high performance building design (closes Jan 30)
2022-030 Building toolkits to support remote Indigenous communities transition to sustainable energy systems (closes Jan 30)
2022-031 Leveraging existing policies to reduce embodied carbon in retrofits (closes Jan 30)
2022-032 Analysis of community energy and emissions data to understand progress toward reaching targets (closes Jan 30)
2022-033 Advancing low carbon resilient buildings following a disaster (closes Jan 30)
2022-035 Research to understand best practices in communicating the benefits of building electrification (closes Jan 30)
2022-036 Research to fill the training gap for Indigenous audiences on high-performance building and energy management  (closes Jan 30)
2022-037 Research to evaluate equitable approaches to multi-unit residential rental building electrification retrofits in Victoria, BC (updated, closes Jan 30)
2022-038 Finding Energy Efficient Cooling and Heating Retrofit Options for Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Apartments (closes Jan 30)
2022-039 Promoting health equity and inclusivity in wellbeing at UBC (closes Jan 30)
2022-055 Identification of resources to support climate action programming in community centres (Closes Jan 30)
2022-056 Supporting the development of a Green and Blue-Green Roof Information Portal (Closes Jan 30)
2022-057 Estimating the whole life carbon contribution of the construction and operation of parking spaces (Closes Jan 30)
2022-058 Best Practices to Mobilize Community Climate Action and Develop of Climate Literacy Materials (Closes Jan 30)
2022-059 Research on living shoreline alternatives for the Stanley Park seawall (closes Jan 30)
2022-060 Research to support development of a decision framework for climate resilient asset management (closes Jan 30)
2022-061 Analyzing collision data to identify priority locations for road safety improvements (closes Jan 30)
2022-062 Filling the walking data gap: Research to understand traffic signal push-button data  (closes Jan 30)
2022-063 Comparative life cycle analysis of heavy duty vehicles fueled by renewable diesel, electricity or hydrogen fuel cells (closes Jan 30)
2022-064 Research to reduce the impacts of street/sidewalk pavement rehabilitation on the urban forest (closes Jan 30)
2022-065 Researching policy framework for integration of rapid transit stations with affordable housing development (closes Jan 30)
2022-066 Equity Impacts of Energy Submetering & Low Carbon Building Policies (closes Jan 30)
2022-067 Researching possibilities for justice-oriented workplace accommodation and accessibility policies (closes Jan 30)
2022-068 Equity, Cultural Safety and Humility in the Context of Early Learning and Childcare (closes Jan 30)
2022-069 Research to understand the benefits of granting practices that support grassroots organizing (closes Jan 30)
2022-070 Research to support safe, accessible, and comfortable experiences at voting places (closes Jan 30)
2022-071 Exploring how urban street furniture contributes to climate change resiliency and sustainability (closes Jan 30)
2022-072 Heritage boulevard green infrastructure enhancement (Cambie Street Median) (closes Jan 30)
2022-073 Accessible and Equitable Drinking Fountain Placement Strategy (closes Jan 30)