UBC Sustainability


UBC Reads Sustainability presents Roy Henry Vickers telling Peace Dancer Date: March 2 Time: 12pm-2pm Location: UBC Longhouse Free – Register now (limited tickets available)

Immerse yourself in a classic North West Legend featuring incredible and original illustrations by world-renowned printmaker, painter, carver, author, Roy Henry Vickers. Peace Dancer is the fourth book in a series by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Vickers shares the Legend from his village of Kitkatla, BC; the story of The Flood. This event is part of UBC Reads Sustainability, a speaker series on issues that matter.

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Student Lunch & Learn | Building Innovations: Brock Commons – the Tall Wood House  Date: February 27th Time: 12-1pm Location: BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS Join us over lunch and explore the innovative and sustainable approaches used to design and construct the currently tallest hybrid mass timber structure in the world – Brock Commons. Brock Commons – the Tall Wood House – is the newest addition to UBC student residence buildings. We’ll kick off the event with free pizza and a short presentation followed by an interactive discussion and a Q&A. Free; registration required as space is limited. Register now

Move UBC Date: until February 28th Times: Various Locations: Various on campus This February, break up with your chair and fall in love with moving more and sitting less! Move UBC is a month-long campaign focused on encouraging our community members to reduce sedentary behaviour and fit movement into their day in fun and easy ways. Check out various events and free drop-in classes.

Future of Food Global Dialogue Series: We Were Healthier When it Used to Rain Date: March 1st Time: 12pm-1:30pm Location: Liu Institute for Global Studies – Multipurpose rm We’ve got amazing speakers at our Future of Food Global Dialogue series. The series include topics such as climate change, food security, biodiversity, social justice, culture, and policy. The next in the calendar is by Dr Angela McIntyre on participatory food security research with rural South African communities. Find out more on this and other Future of Food events this term.

9th Annual SCARP Symposium Date: March 3rd Time: 8am-6:45pm Location: The Great Hall, AMS Nest Please join us in a full day of discussions on this year’s theme, “Audacity”. Planning should be about bold, daring ideas to inspire future planning initiatives. How do we take a brave stance against the status quo and demands a push for new ideas, innovations, and actions? Register and find out more

Implementing the Paris Agreement: Are We On the Right Track? Date: March 7th Time: 12pm-2pm Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose rm Over 100 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement at record speed, and it came into effect on November 4, 2016. Are we on track to implementing the Paris Agreement? Can individual governments live up to their nationally determined commitments? Even if they do, will that limit global warming to the 2 degrees Celsius tipping point? Mr. Satya Tripathi, Senior Advisor for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the UN, will review the challenges that countries must confront and opportunities they must capitalize upon to have a realistic shot at implementing the Paris Agreement. Light refreshments will be offered, Register in advance

Canada’s Carbon Tax: What it means for you, the environment, and the economy Date: March 9th Time: 5pm-6:30pm Location:BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS Want to learn about federal carbon taxes and how they affect the Canadian economy and the environment? Join us for a panel discussion on March 9th! Panelists will have different perspectives on carbon taxes and will be taking questions from the audience. Brought to you by the Sustainability Ambassadors and the Environmental Policy Association, this event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental policy and how carbon taxes influence both our daily lives and the country as a whole. Sign up before we run out of spots!  Registration is free and light refreshments will be provided

UBC Farm Community Workshop Series Dates: beginning March 9th through May 13th Times: Various Locations: Various The UBC Farm hosts workshops in three seasons, the Spring, Summer and Fall. Workshops are led by our staff, partners in the community or experts from around the region. Each UBC Farm workshop strives to include hands-on activities for participants. Revenue generated by our workshops is invested back into the Centre’s research and community programs. Find the workshop for you

Advancing Water Stewardship in Mining – from the Site to the Catchment Date: March 14 Time: 12pm-1pm Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose rm No RSVP required. Join us for this talk by Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering at UBC, as part of the Policy@UBC series and CIRDI seminar series. Nadja works at the interface of research and practice to resolve private sector water challenges, with a focus on the mining and resources sector. This presentation provides an overview of Nadja’s evolving research program that focuses on developing new tools and frameworks to improve collaborative decision-making by governments, communities and industry towards more sustainable water allocation and efficient water use. Find out more.

Sustainability Research and Career Symposium

Date: March 15th Time: 10:30am-1:00pm

Locations: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

The Symposium showcases a spectrum of graduate and faculty research surrounding sustainability. Join us and help celebrate research developments that have the potential to improve human and environmental wellbeing of our communities. Participants will have a chance to: explore sustainability research projects; hear faculty speak about their career paths in research and learn about the research process and the research opportunities available in graduate school. Register to attend

Renew your Resolutions: A Sustainability and Wellbeing Workshop Series

Date: March 22nd Time: Workshops offered from 11:00am – 5:00pm

Locations: Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

The UBC Sustainability Ambassadors present “Renew YOUR Resolutions.” Join us for a day packed with fun workshops and activities. Food literacy, a cooking demonstration, understanding your economic footprint,  yoga – we have you covered to make sure you’re on track with your New Year’s Resolutions. Some workshops are drop-in and some require registration and all are free to students. Mix and match or come to all of them, it’s up to you.  Check it out today.


Paid Internships: Sustainability Scholars Program Application Deadline: February 26th UBC’s Sustainability Scholars program provides graduate students an opportunity to apply their research skills while contributing to the advancement of our partner organisations’ sustainability goals. Apply now for over 40 paid summer internships in sustainability. Explore the opportunities

UBC Farm 2017 Summer Internships Application deadlines: February and March The LFS Career Development Internship (LFS 496) prepares UBC students professionally and academically for future careers through a mentored learning experience with a real food business or organization. The nine positions range from field and harvest work at the UBC Farm, developing workshop curriculum, working in web communications, training food entrepreneurs, and fostering community with the Tu’Wusht Indigenous Garden. The positions are unpaid, for-credit internships. Explore the list of internships to find out more.

BC Provincial Election – GreenPAC campaign GreenPAC, a non-partisan non-profit that is working to elect environmental leaders in Canadian politics, is reaching out to UBC students to build volunteer teams. Check out our volunteer handbook for more details. If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please contact Kate at k.belmore@greenpac.ca to get started.

UBC Farm Volunteer Orientation Dates Five of the major UBC Farm programs are now beginning volunteer orientations for the 2017 season. Get your hands dirty with the Urban Farmers Program, our Farm Market team, the Indigenous Gardens, our Outreach crew or the FarmWonders children’s programs. There are lots of fun shifts available for lots of keen farm-curious folk! Register here


Funded PhD Workshop in Berlin: Climate Policies after Paris Application Deadline: February 24th Location: Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany Through UBC’s participation in the University Alliance for Sustainability, UBC PhD students are invited to apply and present their climate policy research at a Spring Campus workshop (March 28-31) organized in collaboration with the Free University Berlin. The workshop seeks to explore research on climate policies after Paris. Submit a short abstract by February 24

Student Directed Seminars: Application Now Open! Application Deadline: April 7th Do you have an idea for a new UBC class?  Is there a topic you are passionate about and want to study with a group of peers? Are you looking for ways to enrich your education and take control of your learning?  Then consider applying to coordinate a Student Directed Seminar and turn that idea into a UBC course!  Information sessions happening over the next two months and applications are due Friday, April 7th at 11:59pm. Find out more more information and Check out the application guide.


UBC Equity Enhancement Fund Application deadline: February 28th Do you have a bright idea to help make UBC even better? The UBC Equity Enhancement Fund can assist. The fund supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion, and intercultural understanding at UBC. Small and large project applications are welcome from UBC students, faculty & staff. All student groups, academic or administrative units are invited to apply. Find out more and Register to attend proposal writing workshops

Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health Application Deadline: May 10th The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship supports graduate students working on BC based research projects that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. It provides an annual award of $2,000 for eligible research projects. The scholarship is funded by the Fraser Basin Council, British Columbia Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund and by many friends, family members and colleagues who wish to remember Elizabeth and her work. Apply now


Sustainability in Academics Integrate sustainability into your courses, paid work experiences, credit-based applied research projects, programs and engagement experiences. Connect with our advisor, or browse through our sustainability curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

Volunteer Network Stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities by joining our UBC Sustainability volunteer network.  Email us and we’ll send you more information soon.

Follow us on Instagram Experience sustainability. Follow us on Instagram and share your UBC sustainability stories with us #RippleEffectUBC


4th Annual Graduate Student Conference – Registration deadline March 2nd




Hi everyone! 

Come watch our amazing graduate (and undergraduate!) students proudly present their research at the 4th annual LFS Graduate Student Conference!

This year’s conference will feature a plenary address from Dr. Steve Hallam from UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology on the topic of “The Nuts and Bolts of Ecological Design”. The conference will also feature oral and poster competitions, non-competitive sessions, and the 3 Minute Thesis! To cap off the day, we’ll have a wine and cheese reception where the awards ceremony will take place. 

Just a note as people have asked: Light breakfast and lunch are included as well! 

For all this and more, registration is only $15!
The LFS Graduate Student Conference being held on MARCH 9th 2016 from 9AM to 6PM. 


NOTE – If you are waiting to hear back about whether or not your abstract is accepted: All of the abstracts will be accepted. Abstract review is currently underway, and you will hear by Saturday if you are oral or poster, or competition/non-competition, depending on the options you selected upon submission 

Payment may be made via e-payment online: Click here for e-payment link 

To pay by cash, cheque, or speedchart, please email the planning committee: lfs.gsc@ubc.ca 

Questions? Please contact the LFS GSC planning committee: lfs.gsc@ubc.ca or feel free to check out our website: http://gsc.landfood.ubc.ca/

LFS GSC Planning Committee

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council


May 2017 Graduation Deadlines


This is a reminder that the application for May 2017 graduation will be available on the Student Service Centre until Friday, February 24, 2017.  

A late application form for graduation will be available on our website early next week.  Please note that this form is for Graduate Students only.  


Please advise students that are hoping to graduate in May 2017, that it is very important that they apply for graduation as soon as possible, and should not wait until they submit their final thesis to G+PS or complete the program requirements for non-thesis programs.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Last day for graduation applications to be submitted to Enrolment Services using the Student Service Centre by all students expecting to graduate in May 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Last day for late applications for graduation to be submitted to Enrolment Services by all students expecting to graduate in May 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Last day for final master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to be approved by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for degrees to be conferred at May 2017 Congregation. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

Friday, April 21, 2017.

Last day for students to complete all program requirements (including major papers) for non-thesis master’s degrees to be conferred at May 2017 Congregation.

Thank you

Evelyn Sanderson

Academic Support Manager | Office of the Dean and Vice-Provost | Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

Phone 604 822 3558 | Fax 604 822 5802

170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2.

Evelyn.sanderson@ubc.ca  www.grad.ubc.ca

Upcoming Graduate Student Opportunities in Sustainability


Dear colleagues, 

I was hoping we could get your assistance in promoting the following upcoming sustainability-related opportunities that may be of interest to your graduate students. My apologies for the wide email as I realize not all of these are relevant to your work. 

Call for Applications: Sustainability Research Symposium 

UBC graduate students are invited to showcase their research at UBC’s annual Sustainability Research Symposium on March 15. The symposium enables graduate student to share their work with the community and connect with others advancing sustainability. Applications due February 24. Poster printing covered. Presented by UBC Sustainability Ambassadors. 

Apply now

 Funded PhD Workshop in Berlin 

UBC PhD students are invited to present their climate related research at the second Spring Campus (March 28-31, 2017) organized by the Free University of Berlin – part of the University Sustainability Alliance. The campus brings together researchers, management staff, as well as PhD candidates and students to contribute to the discussion around the topic of “Societal Transformation to Sustainability: Universities as Pacesetters?”. The workshop is interested in topical areas of individual dissertations which should be reviewed in the light of the Paris Agreement. Application deadline is February 24. 

Learn more and apply now 

Lunch and Learn | Building Innovation: Brock Commons 

On February 27, join us over lunch and explore the innovative and sustainable approaches used to design and construct the currently tallest hybrid mass timber structure in the world – Brock Commons, the Tall Wood House. Brock Commons is the newest addition to UBC student residence buildings. We’ll kick off the event with free pizza and a short presentation on the building architecture and construction followed by discussion and a Q&A. Free; registration required as space is limited. Hosted in the CIRS building. 

Register now

Thank you, 


Marko Pajalic, MA

Manager, Communications and Engagement

UBC Sustainability Initiative

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

2260 West Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Phone 604 827 2606

marko.pajalic@ubc.ca | @sustainubc



LFS Community Meeting  


The Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff and students will take place on Thursday, February 23 from 12:00-1:00 pm in MCML 160, MacMillan Building.  Coffee and cookies will be provided. 


12:00-12:15 Dean’s message

12:15-12:30 Indian Residential School Dialogues Centre (IRSDC) presentation – Elizabeth Shaffer

12:30-1:00 UniForum Update – Tammy Brimner