Co-Curricular Student Engagement

UBC supports student learning in sustainability through co-curricular engagement programs that provide leadership training, support student-initiated projects, and empower peer-led networks of sustainability champions.



Last year, UBC launched the Student Sustainability Network to connect UBC students to groups seeking volunteers for sustainability events and initiatives. The network also provides students with professional development and community building experiences. In its first year, 119 students joined the Network and supported over 130 requests for volunteers.


This speaker series provides a forum for students and other members of the UBC community to learn about sustainability issues from globally-recognized authors. Campus partners included the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and the R. Grant Ingram Distinguished Speaker Program.

Last year, the program invited three writers:

  • Duncan McCue author of The Shoe Boy
  • Joel Solomon author of The Clean Money Revolution
  • Elizabeth May author of Who We are: Reflections on My Life and Canada


The Sustainability Ambassadors Program brings together students to learn about sustainability, collaboration, and leadership, and to develop sustainability outreach events that engage the UBC student community. Last year 19 Sustainability Ambassadors from 10 disciplines planned events and activities that attracted more than 1,000 participants.

Event highlights included the annual Sustainability Fair held in the AMS Nest, and a Career Night that connected students to UBC alumni with careers in sustainability-related fields. The Ambassadors also created a short film series called “Wasted” to highlight energy, water, food, and waste initiatives on campus.


The Student Sustainability Council gives students a voice to influence emerging and existing operational and academic sustainability initiatives and projects on campus. Last year 15 representatives provided input on the Zero Waste Action Plan, AMS Lighter Footprint Strategy, Healthy Beverage Initiative, UBC Strategic Plan Consultation, UBC Farm Engagement Strategy, and the Water Action Plan.