Community garden related grant project opportunity for UBC students


Village Vancouver (VV) is seeking a UBC undergraduate or Master’s student to partner with on the following Chapman & Innovation Grant project application:

Community Food Resilience project. This project would begin in May 2023, and has 6 main components: workshops, collaborative community gardens, seed libraries, DIY planter boxes, Westside Food Festival, and Westside Permaculture Corridor. Village Vancouver is a community leader in transitioning towards low-carbon, resilient and complete communities.

We’re looking for a student who’s interested in working in collaboration with VV staff, volunteers, and workshop instructors in a leadership capacity to help increase community food resilience in Vancouver through ensuring successful delivery of VV programs, expanding the capacity of our programs, and working on adding a new component or components to the project, with an eye towards drawing on a students specific skill sets and strengths. Some examples of what the student might potentially engage in during the course of the project include programming food and gardening workshops, hosting activities at our Westside Food Festival, planning garden work parties at our collaborative, working with community gardens, coordinating seed distribution at VV booths at street fairs, liaising with VV seed library locations (e.g. Vancouver Public Library branches), organizing DIY planter box giveaways, helping expand our permaculture corridor, and setting up a school gardening and seed saving program (e.g. workshops for children and youth).

We are verifying candidates on a rolling basis, so please email as soon as possible, with the following info:

  • Program area of study, year level
  • Expression of interest (a brief paragraph)
  • Resume (CV)

Many thanks in advance to all those interested! With care,

Jacquie Kwok (she/her)
Educational Programs Coordinator | Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL)

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territory
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

2131 – 2260 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada | (604) 418 2027 |

Call for Applications—Sustainability Scholars paid summer internships (pls circulate)


Hello and Happy New Year!

The UBC Sustainability Hub is again offering UBC graduate students the opportunity to work on funded sustainability and climate action related internship projects. Projects begin May 1, 2023. Current UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines and all UBC campuses are encouraged to apply.

Further information on the available internship projects can be found on the Sustainability Scholars Program web page. Applications close at midnight Sunday January 29, 2023.

I am also holding information sessions on January 16 and 19. Details about the application deadline and the information sessions are below.

I would greatly appreciate if you would please circulate the details provided below to your grad students. If you have any questions about the program or projects, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your help in notifying your graduate students about these opportunities!

Karen Taylor

P.S. If you would like to be removed from my circulation list or if this should go to someone else in your unit, please let me know.



The UBC Sustainability Hub is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work on funded sustainability internship projects.

We are currently accepting applications for over 64 internships that will commence May 1, 2023. Current UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to confirm the eligibility requirements and apply.

Successful candidates work under the guidance of a mentor at one of our partner organizations, and are immersed in real world learning where they can apply their research skills and contribute to advancing sustainability and climate action across the region. Each Scholar receives $25 per hour to complete 250 hours of work.

For more information on the available projects and to apply, visit the Sustainability Scholars Program website.

Applications will be accepted until midnight Sunday January 29.

We also appreciate your help in circulating this notice to anyone in your grad student network that may be interested!


Are you interested in . . .

  • applying your research skills to solving real-world sustainability questions and challenges?
  • getting paid while gaining valuable professional work experience?
  • developing applied sustainability skills and knowledge under the guidance of a mentor?
  • building a professional network of sustainability practitioners?

If this describes you, please attend the Sustainability Scholars Program information session on January 16 at 12:00 pm or January 19 at 5:00 pm. At the January 19 session representatives from several of our partner organizations will speak about the kinds of opportunities Scholars can have while working in the program. We will also have former scholars and mentors there to answer your questions about what you can expect as a Scholar and what kinds of opportunities the program offers in terms of skills and job prospects.

Details and to register:

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Karen Taylor  MA (she, her)
Manager, Sustainability Scholars Program | Sustainability Hub
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
2343 – 2260 West Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 9362 | |

Term 2 IRES Seminar Series: Starts on Thurs, Jan 12 with Patrick Meyfroidt!


The IRES Seminar Series starts on Thurs, Jan 12 in the Beaty Museum Theatre.  Reminder: No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

January 12, 2023: IRES Faculty Seminar with Patrick Meyfroidt (First Seminar of Term 2)

Traceability and Transparency for Improving the Sustainability of Commodity Supply Chains

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Theatre (2212 Main Mall)

Click here to register in advance to receive a Zoom link.

Zoom Rule: If we encounter technical difficulties during the first 5 to 10 mins of the seminar, Zoom will be terminated.

Talk summary:

Sustainability impacts of commodity production such as agriculture and mining activities are associated to complex and often opaque supply chains connecting producers to consumers across the globe.

Here, I will present our work, in particular as part of the Trase initiative, to improve traceability of supply chains, i.e. the capacity to map flows of products across the supply chain, and their transparency, i.e. the public disclosure of that information. We combine production, logistical infrastructure, customs and other data to map supply chains from subnational sourcing to importing countries, identify actors operating the supply chain (in particular traders), and attribute the associated sustainability impacts such as deforestation. I will present insights on supply chains including soy and beef from Brazil, and cocoa from Ivory Coast, and discuss key lessons but also caveats in how traceability and transparency can be crucial to designing, implementing and monitoring governance interventions to improve the sustainability of commodity supply chains.

Dr. Patrick Meyfroidt, Visiting Professor at IRES


Patrick Meyfroidt holds a PhD in geography (2009) and a degree in sociology from Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium. Since 2016 he is Research Associate at the F.R.S-FNRS (the Belgian Research Funds) and Professor at UCLouvain.

His research focuses on how land use and more broadly land systems can contribute to sustainability.  He is visiting UBC (Liu Institute – SPPGA & IRES) from August 2022 to July 2023.

See you on January 12 in the Beaty Museum Theatre! 


Bonnie Leung

RES Program Support (she/her/hers)

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)

University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL Building)

Room 429 – 2202 Main Mall | Vancouver, BC | V6T 1Z4 | Canada



Tel: 604-822-9249

Call for Nominations: Indigenous Graduate Fellowships



The Indigenous Graduate Fellowship (previously Aboriginal Graduate Fellowship) competition has been launched.
Multi-year fellowships are provided to Master’s and doctoral students in all disciplines.

Application and reference forms, along with detailed instructions, will be posted on this website in early January 2023.
In the meantime, applicants can begin preparing as follows:

  • Draft an outline of proposed research (research-based Master’s and doctoral applicants) or a statement of professional aspirations (professional Master’s applicants)
  • Gather transcripts for all university-level studies (including studies undertaken but not completed) up to December 31, 2022
  • Identify and contact references (two references required)
  • Complete relevant entries in the Canadian Common CV (research Master’s and doctoral applicants)


All Indigenous students are eligible to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous students whose traditional territory falls, at least in part, within Canada. This includes Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit students and may include Indigenous students from Alaska and other states of the USA. The university may request further information to confirm Indigenous eligibility.

Applicants may or may not be UBC graduate students at the time of application – the competition is open to both incoming and continuing graduate students. However, awardees must be enrolled as full-time status graduate students at the UBC-Vancouver campus for the 2023-2024 academic year in order to receive an Indigenous Graduate Fellowship through this competition.

For more details please visit: 

Please note the following important changes to the IGF program:

  • Eligibility for the IGF is extended to students in professional and coursework-only Master’s programs
  • Opportunities for (i) Indigenous PhD students in their fourth year to apply for a fifth year of funding and (ii) for research Master’s and PhD students to apply for research funding will be incorporated into the IGF program. Details will be provided in January 2023.
  • On the IGF Nomination Form, graduate program will be asked if their doctoral nominees are also being recommended for funding from the 4YF program. If so, and the nominee is subsequently ranked high enough to be offered IGF funding, the student will receive the 4YF and an IGF top up of $5,000 per year for the duration of their 4YF, and the graduate program will be allocated an additional 4YF to replace the 4YF awarded to their Indigenous student. (Note: if the nominee is not ranked high enough to be offered IGF funding, the graduate program will be responsible for providing 4YF funding from their existing 4YF allocation.)

Applicant deadline: Feb 3, 2023

Graduate Program nomination deadline: 4:00 pm PT on Friday 17 February 2023

For details about this competition, please see: