Teaching and Learning

UBC faculty advance sustainability by collectively teaching thousands of students a diversity of sustainability-related courses and programs. In support, we provide curriculum grants for faculty to develop innovative sustainability course content and teaching methods. We also offer advising services to students on curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and curate relevant courses and programs.



Our Pathways Grant program supported UBC faculties and departments to create new curriculum that advances our long-term goal of offering every student access to sustainability learning alongside their chosen degree program. In addition, our Teaching Fellowship program connected grant holders with their peers from other disciplines to encourage shared learning and discovery.

Highlights last year included:

  • Created a new Education for Sustainability cohort within the Teacher Education program in the Faculty of Education. The cohort was fully subscribed with 36 participants for fall 2018.
  • Developed a Sustainable Foods Systems minor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems to enable students in other faculties to access course content previously only available to land and food systems students.


Last year UBC instructors offered over 630 courses on diverse sustainability topics spanning 49 departments and 83 subjects. To help prospective and current students match courses and degrees with their interests, we annually consult with faculty to offer curated, easy-to-use lists of academic opportunities. In addition, our advisors provided personal support for students to find appropriate sustainability learning opportunities.

Featured course: Conservation Science and Sustainability (CONS 330)

Explores the fundamental concepts in conservation science and tackles different philosophies, perspectives, and disciplines used in setting priorities for managing biodiversity at all scales.

Featured course: Ethics and Sustainability (BA 560)

Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in society, including how to increase positive impacts and minimize negative impacts to unlock long-term, strategic opportunities while addressing social and environmental issues.

Featured program: Geography: Environment and Sustainability

Develops student’s integrated understanding of the physical, ecological, economic, socio cultural, and political systems that shape the world in which we live and influence the future of life on planet earth.

Featured program: Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering

Allows engineers and environmental science graduates to make their sustainable vision a reality, and advance their careers in the field of clean energy.