The UBC Sustainability Initiative works to engage UBC’s academic community in sustainability.
In class, in campus plans, in community development, and in partnerships both local and global, UBC strives to ensure that we leave behind a legacy of environmental and human wellbeing for generations to come.
Sustainability Learning Pathways
UBC Sustainability Initiative supports faculties and departments in creating a suite of sustainability-oriented courses and experiences so that every undergraduate student at UBC can pursue a sustainability education.
In 2015/2016, the Sustainability Learning Pathway second year grants were launched, with grants awarded to faculty members developing pathways in Applied Science, Arts (Geography), and Science (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science).
Our Sustainability Fellowships enable faculty to contribute to the discussion to advance UBC’s academic sustainability goals.
Through the fellows program, awarded six fellowships and supported regular, interdisciplinary discussions involving faculty members implementing sustainability curriculum changes in their courses and programs.
Faculty of Education
Rob VanWynsberghe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST) (robvanwynsberghe.ca). He has a PhD in Sociology.View profile
Sauder School of Business
Tamar Milne is a full-time lecturer in the Marketing & Behavioural Science division, co-chair of the Sustainability & Ethics Group, and an instructor in the Ch’nook Initiative (indigenous business education program) at the Sauder School of Business.View profile
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Patrick Robertson is deeply involved in sustainability education and environmental learning for close to 20 years, Patrick is a teacher educator and consultant working collaboratively with a wide range of partners in BC and Canada.View profile
Forest Resources Management and Sociology
David Tindall’s research program focuses on contention over environmental issues, including climate change, forestry, and wilderness preservation.View profile
Department of Sociology
Neil Guppy’s latest work examines gender roles in science education and his most recent paper is on the “Rise and Stall of the Gender-equity Revolution in Canada.”View profile
Annual Course Consultation
Consults with UBC Vancouver faculty to identify sustainability courses and to identify faculty with sustainability research interests.
In 2015/2016 we identified 647 sustainability-oriented courses across all faculties and 423 faculty members who are engaged in sustainability research. All UBC faculties now provide courses with sustainability content.