UBC Sustainability News


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UBC Sustainability Fair: Call for Participants

The Annual Sustainability Fair is a celebration of student engagement and initiatives in sustainability. We highlight sustainability groups on campus, showcase achievements and aim to inspire students, faculty and staff to get involved with sustainability in their own personal way. If your group is interested in participating, learn more and apply!


Sustainability Research Symposium: Call for Applications
This one-day research symposium is designed to showcase the spectrum of graduate research surrounding sustainability at UBC. This allows student researchers to share their work through a poster display, and interact with fellow students and faculty. If you are a graduate student interested in participating in this event, learn more and apply.

Sustainability Research Symposium: Call for Applications
This one-day research symposium is designed to showcase the spectrum of graduate research surrounding sustainability at UBC. This allows student researchers to share their work through a poster display, and interact with fellow students and faculty. If you are a graduate student interested in participating in this event, learn more and apply.

New program: Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Program
This is a two year public policy program that is now accepting applications for Fall 2016. This program is designed to train and educate students for leadership positions, ready to navigate complex policy problems while driving positive global change. Learn more.

New Sustainability Program: Urban Forestry
Interested in urban forestry? The Faculty of Forestry has launched a bachelor degree in Urban Forestry- Canada’s first undergraduate program dedicated to the planning and management of urban green spaces. Learn more.

A Taste of Empire: Boda del Lupo Micro Performance
This performance is part of the UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series which brings together food security and sustainability experts from across North America to engage the UBC community and the public around global food security issues. More information and Tickets.

Farm workshops and short courses
Check out the Fall Growing Season Workshop Series at the UBC Farm Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. Revenue generated from these workshops is invested back into the Centre’s research and community programs.

Documentary Screening: Microtopia
The UBC Emerging Green Builders are hosting a documentary screening and panel discussion on the film ‘Microtopia’. The event will discuss smaller-scale living in Vancouver and beyond, from laneway houses to micro-suites. Check out the EGB Facebook page for more information.
When: December 1st, 6-8 PM
Where: Earth Sciences Building room 1012, UBC

Splane lecture- Pitta Irniq
This year’s annual Splane Lecture in Social Policy is featuring Pitta Irniq, Former Commissioner of Nunavut, speaking on “Making Peace: Policies and Practices for Healing Inuit Colonial Experiences”. More information and free tickets.
When: November 16th at 5:30PM
Where: Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC

Master Mind Master Class with Samantha Nutt
Join fellow UBC students and award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker, Dr. Samantha Nutt, in a moderated conversation about the impact of war- the truth, lies, and the reality on the ground- and the major events currently shaping our world. Register.
When: November 16th, 3-4PM
Where: Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC

IRES Seminar Series –Faculty Seminar
A story of Minamata’s revitalization: a shift from industrial pollution and social divisions to an environmental model city.
When: Tues November 17, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm
Where: AERL 120

GSS Sustainability Commissioners
A job opportunity for UBC graduate students to assist in developing sustainability policy and projects. Applications are due on November 22nd. Learn more.

Amir Project
Spend this upcoming summer working on a farm or garden! The Amir Project is a non-profit organization that aims to teach and empower children about environmental and social issues in their community through the medium of a farm or garden – and we need farmers! Learn more and apply.

Grants and Funding Opportunities
Grants for community projects are available at UBC, and applications are now open. Grants range in timing and amount, so visit the webpage for more information and see if your project is applicable

Thesis Defense – PhD – ISLFS


UBC – Faculty of Land and Food Systems announces

The Oral Examination for the Degree of PhD in ISLFS


“The Efficacy and Acceptability of Prenatal Corn Soya Blend Plus Dietary Supplementation among Women in Rural Cambodia”

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 09:00 am
Room 200 – Graduate Student Centre

Dr. Jean Shoveller (Population and Public Health)
Supervisory Committee:
Dr. Tim Green, Research Supervisor (Human Nutrition)
Dr. Gwen Chapman (Human Nutrition)
Dr. Patti Janssen (Population and Public Health)
University Examiners:
Dr. Larry Lynd (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Dr. Hannah Wittman (Land and Food systems)
Everyone is welcome!

Collaboration with Canadian Universities


We would like to get into the university network in Canada which are working on food tech/science research areas

Frulact will open an industrial unit in Kingston – construction under way, dec 2016 / jan. 2017 first local production.

If we like the profile of the student, after completing his/her studies, further training will be given at Frulact Portugal with view to an offer opportunity at our Canadian plant.

It is normal procedure for us to have the students sign a confidentiality agreement

We are not familiar with timings in Canadian Universities so we greatly appreciate help in advising us on:

o    when do training periods start

o   how long these are (we were thinking from 6 months to a year maximum)

o    the kind of financial support available in these situations – can you explain MITAC or NSERC?

 Regarding the student profile:

  • ideally a final year student from related subjects such as chemical engineering, food engineering or equivalent.
  • Laboratory experience valued: sensory testing, microbiology, FQ analyses, and so on. Ability to plan, execute and provide reports on laboratory work. Interest in the food industry and interest in Innovation.
  • Proactive, good team player, available for travelling, great communication skills and interest in working for an international and fast growing company such as Frulact.
  • English and French languages necessary, ability to speak/understand Portuguese will be a major plus.

Please reply to: Pilar.Morais@frulact.com

Pilar Morais

Development, Reasearch and Innovation

Faculty Sponsorship for 2016 SLC Registration | Apply by November 20th


The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is invested in the leadership development of students within our Faculty. As part of this investment, we are offering partial sponsorship of LFS students who wish to attend the 2016 UBC Student Leadership Conference (SLC), which will be held on the Vancouver campus on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

The SLC is one of the largest student-led conferences in North America, mixing peer-, alumni- and professional-led concurrent sessions, well-known keynote speakers, and innovative programming to deliver an informative and inspirational conference experience. You can learn more about the SLC by visiting slc.ubc.ca.

If you are interested in attending the SLC and the $30 registration fee is cost prohibitive, we invite all students to apply for partial funding to cover 50% of the registration fee ($15) by following the instructions below.


  • You are an undergraduate OR graduate student registered in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems;
  • You plan to attend the full day of programming on Saturday, January 9th (9am-5pm);
  • Submit your completed application form before 11:59pm on Friday, November 20th, 2015.

To Apply

If you meet these requirements and wish to apply, please compose a short 300-400 word letter outlining why you are interested in attending the SLC, how it will support you in your pursuit of personal and professional development, and how your attendance will have a positive influence on the Faculty (i.e. how might you apply your conference experience to benefit Faculty-related programming).

Please address your application to Karla Carreras, Student Engagement Officer, and submit it via email attachment to karla.carreras@ubc.ca by 11:59pm on Friday, November 20th, 2015.

Employment Opportunity: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor – Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences


Employment Opportunity at UC Davis: Area Cooperative Extension Advisor – Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences

This position focuses on low-income and economic urban disparities related to food and food systems, nutrition education, and relationships between food systems and environmental health for optimal nutrition and health outcomes.  The CE advisor provides leadership for two large USDA contracts, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and UC-CalFresh, across the three counties and connects research and extension programming to compliment these programs while bringing new knowledge and evidence based practices to complex urban food systems issues.  It is expected that the CE advisor’s relationships between sustainable food systems, health, and diet-related chronic diseases will align with national public health policy and nutrition goals and UC ANR’s Strategic Initiatives. This position addresses priorities outlined in the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative of UC ANR, which fits well with expansion of urban agriculture programs being supported by UC ANR.  Academic oversight of the Master Food Preserver program in San Mateo County is also included in this position.

Visit ucanr.edu/Jobs/Jobs_990/?jobnum=901 for details.