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)

Learn more about the Summer 2021 program and how to apply on either January 14 or January 19. Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from former program participants about the benefits of participating in the program. Click here for more details about all events.

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. We are offering a resume workshop for prospective Sustainability Scholars on January 21. Click here for more details about all events.

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., 2021-072_Jenny_Smith.pdf).

5. Submit your application online



Summer 2021 Opportunities

Applications close January 31 at midnight

Summary list of all opportunities (pdf)

2021-001 Post-pandemic resilient community planning for the DTES community (closes Jan 31)

2021-002 Develop a model to quantify the impact of mobility mode choice and displacement on GHG emissions (closes Jan 31)

2021-003 Communications and engagement best practices to support the development of mobility/congestion pricing (closes Jan 31)

2021-004 Exploring the feasibility of innovative water saving opportunities applicable to healthcare facilities (closes Jan 31)

2021-005 Engagement targets and metrics for health care environmental sustainability (closes Jan 31)

2021-006 Communicating the benefits of a circular economy in health care (closes Jan 31)

2021-007 Geotechnical Analysis to Identify Potentially Hazardous Areas for Development on Bowen Island (closes Jan 31)

2021-008 Developing a Community Driven, Collaborative Continuum of Care for Mental Health and Substance Use Services (closes Jan 31)

2021-009 Developing toolkits to engage school communities in planting native plants to restore habitats and sequester carbon  (closes Jan 31)

2021-010 Feasibility of recycling and reusing demolition materials found in single-family homes built after 1970 (closes Jan 31)

2021-011 Assessment of Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions from Boilers and Generators on Neighbouring High-Density Residential Buildings (closes Jan 31)

2021-012 Research to understand and assess the repair and reuse sector in Metro Vancouver (closes Jan 31)

2021-013 Research to inform the transition of wastewater sludge lagoons to freshwater wetlands in order to restore habitat (closes Jan 31)

2021-014 Metro Vancouver Green Fleet Strategy Development (closes Jan 31)

2021-015 Investigate sources and entry pathways for pharmaceuticals in the wastewater system (closes Jan 31)

2021-016 Exploring the development of a regional carbon budget for Metro Vancouver (closes Jan 31)

2021-017 Examination of biosolids and drinking water treatment residuals as effective filter media for stormwater source control in Green Infrastructure (closes Jan 31)

2021-018 Review of best practices for the development of resilience key performance indicators for local government and utility providers (closes Jan 31)

2021-019 Assessing program options for air sealing & weatherization in electrically heated homes in BC (closes Jan 31)

2021-020 Can Smart Speaker technology make energy management more interesting? (closes Jan 31)

2021-021 Applying a Climate Equity Lens to the Big Moves for Deep Emissions Reductions (closes Jan 31)

2021-022 High-level building energy retrofit strategies for BC communities (closes Jan 31)

2021-023 Developing a Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy for the City of North Vancouver (closes Jan 31)

2021-024 Exploring opportunities to expand the Great Bear Initiative Climate Action Network (closes Jan 31)

2021-025 Design and execution of a data extraction tool for digitizing and compiling building energy and emissions data (closes Jan 31)

2021-026 Advancing Deep Emissions Retrofits through Existing Building Electrification Case Studies (closes Jan 31)

2021-027 Understanding Best Practices and Key Barriers to Scaling Zero Emissions Homes in BC (closes Jan 31)

2021-028 Research to understand the regulatory and technical contexts of electric vehicle-to-building bi-directional charging (closes Jan 31)

2021-029 Research to evaluate affordable approaches to emissions reductions through building retrofits (closes Jan 31)

2021-030 Defining and mapping the low carbon construction technology sector in BC (closes Jan 31)

2021-031 Support the development of an Electric Vehicle Strategy for the City of Prince George, BC (closes Jan 31)

2021-032 Case study research and development of resource materials to encourage electric vehicle charging retrofits in MURBs (closes Jan 31)

2021-033 Research to evaluate and increase participation in the Renovate Smart Kamloops Program (closes Jan 31)

2021-034 Analysis of industry capacity around the holistic implementation of high performance envelopes for residential buildings (closes Jan 31)

2021-035 Developing Guidelines for Energy Retrofits on Heritage Houses in New Westminster (closes Jan 31)

2021-036 Recommending equity indicators and a framework to inform evaluation of climate change initiatives at the City of New West (closes Jan 31)

2021-037 Assessing opportunities to embed energy management curriculum in Indigenous post-secondary education and training  (closes Jan 31)

2021-039 Investigate process & technology options for local biofuel generation from key municipal waste streams to identify optimal solutions (closes Jan 31)

2021-040 Best Practices in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Vancouver's Non-Profit Sector (closes Jan 31)

2021-041 Investigating culturally safe ways to gather data about violence against Indigenous peoples (closes Jan 31)

2021-042 Developing best practices for supporting marginalized identity groups through Employee Resource Groups (closes Jan 31)

2021-043 Groundwater Management in Vancouver: A Review of Leading Strategies for Local Governments (closes Jan 31)

2021-044 Research to understand best practices to address workers’ needs for a zero-carbon economic transition strategy (closes Jan 31)

2021-045 Reducing the City of Vancouver’s Non-Exhaust Fleet Emissions: Tire Particulate Data Benchmarking and a Comparative LCA (closes Jan 31)

2021-046 An Analysis of Neighbourhood Types and Growth Patterns (closes Jan 31)

2021-047 Gender Inclusion and Rapid Transit Facility Design (closes Jan 31)

2021-048 Research on policies and incentives to encourage electric vehicle adoption (closes Jan 31)

2021-049 Fuel Economy Benchmarking: Augmenting the Business Case for Low-Carbon Vehicle Adoption (closes Jan 31)

2021-050 Researching lighting and other factors of perceived safety and comfort to improve bike routes (closes Jan 31)

2021-051 Research to understand the intersection of land use planning and human rights (closes Jan 31)

2021-052 Mitigating industrial land use impacts through building and site design (closes Jan 31)

2021-053 Market analysis and literature review for Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) (closes Jan 31)

2021-054 Research on policies, incentives and waste measurement reporting to inform food waste reduction and prevention (closes Jan 31)

2021-055 Research to understand best ways to incorporate an Indigenous lens in sustainability and resilience policy development (closes Jan 31)

2021-056 Developing a Framework to Measure Social Capital for Climate Action (closes Jan 31)

2021-057 Green Rainwater Infrastructure Assets Inventory for Private Sites and Civic Facilities (closes Jan 31)

2021-058 Exploring Tenant Leadership in Governance of Social and Supportive Housing (closes Jan 31)

2021-059 Understanding mobility to pave the way for an integrated parks network (closes Jan 31)

2021-060 Integrating traditional ecological knowledge in actions to protect marine habitat along the Burrard Inlet (closes Jan 31)

2021-061 Leveraging Cycling Data to Improve Decision Making  (closes Jan 31)

2021-062 Researching the embodied carbon reduction potential of low-rise construction and development of a low-carbon building supply inventory  (closes Jan 31)

2021-063 Integrating embodied emissions accounting into the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code (closes Jan 31)