Student Engagement

Student Engagement

Through programs such as paid sustainability internships, on-campus experiential learning projects, student engagement, and advising services, we are enabling undergraduate and graduate students to address critical societal needs and impact change.

Engaging Youth and Fostering Sustainability

Vincent Chiu, a third-year student in the Department of Psychology and a 2016 UBC Sustainability Ambassador, shares how he is enhancing his education through sustainability courses and experiences.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m taking a major in psychology with a minor in health and society. Growing up in the Metro Vancouver region, I was able to engage in cosmopolitan issues and join in interdisciplinary discussions which shaped me into the person I am today. In my free time, I like to bike and actively engage youth in societal issues and encourage political collaboration by connecting ideas and youth with municipal and federal government representatives.

Q: Why sustainability?

I have always had an interest in sustainability. In Grade 11,
I remember going to a student leadership conference and attending an inspiring lecture led by Dr. John Robinson, UBC’s former Associate Provost for Sustainability. John talked about regenerative sustainability and the idea of shifting mindsets for a more sustainable world. Sustainability is a slow process, and one that requires a change in behaviour. This was a turning point for me, as I saw a natural link between sustainability and psychological behaviour, so I knew that majoring in psychology was a natural fit for me.

Q: What are you up to outside of class?

I’ve been working at a centre that showcases sustainability innovation and technology from around the world. We advise urban planning and development initiatives on how to become more sustainable. I’m also working with a few other Sustainability Ambassadors on starting an Earth Charter Club at UBC with a focus on raising awareness and helping inform policies on sustainable development goals (SDGs), urban design and impact investing.

SEEDS Sustainability Program

The SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program creates partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community organizations that result in innovative and impactful research projects that advance sustainability on campus and beyond.

SEEDS supports UBC’s efforts to advance sustainability strategies and operational priorities by providing experiential learning opportunities through applied student research projects.




UBC Reads Sustainability

Author Simran Sethi shares intimate stories of our foods and ways we can better save—and savour—them.

Students Research Campus Food Recovery and Donation Program

Two SEEDS Sustainability Program research projects led to the first ever food recovery and donation partnership between UBC Food Services and the AMS Food Bank.

UBC Food Services Culinary Director and Executive Chef, David Speight, and his team partnered with a Land and Food Systems (LFS) 450 class on a SEEDS project to increase the sustainability of the campus food system.

They researched the logistical challenges of implementing a large-scale program, the demand for recovered food on-campus, and third-party partnerships for distributing food. Students worked with UBC Food Services staff to recover edible food from Sage, the Point Grill, and four food services retail outlets.

Get Involved

As part of our commitment to student development, we provide advising services to undergraduate and graduate students and connect them with high-quality curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

Greenest City Scholar Anezka Gocova worked with the City of Vancouver’s Park Board on building the capacity of community gardening groups so they can benefit from all the city’s resources available to them.