The Workplace Sustainability Fund awards UBC Sustainability Coordinators with up to $1,000 to support sustainability initiatives in their units.


Have a sustainability project idea for your department or unit? The Workplace Sustainability Fund helps turn ideas into action. 

Funds are available annually for Sustainability Coordinators to pursue sustainability projects addressing at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Climate Action
  • Energy Conservation and Efficiency
  • Waste Reduction 
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Education & Engagement


Applicants to the Fund must be registered Sustainability Coordinators

Sustainability Coordinators in any type of workplace setting (offices, labs, facilities/maintenance/trades, food service/retail outlets etc.) are welcome to apply. Applications are open to coordinators at the Point Grey Campus, Robson Square Campus and Teaching Hospital Sites.

Learn how to become a Sustainability Coordinator for your unit. 


The 2019 Workplace Sustainability Funds have now been awarded. Thanks to everyone who applied.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

  • Department of Asian Studies: EcoFootprint Initiative ($850) - Project Lead: Vicky Baker
  • Athletics & Recreation: Textile Recycling & Refundable Container Secure Storage Space Project ($1000) - Project Lead: Jenny Black
  • UBC Climate HUB: Athletes Communicating Climate Action: Workshops and Film ($950) - Project Lead: Grace Nosek
  • UBC Bookstore: Plastic Bag Use Reduction ($1000) - Project Lead: Hanna Oliwa and Kerry Boultbee
  • Centre for Teaching Learning &Technology: Mugshare Program & Activities ($410) - Project Lead: Jarrad Wiens and Caroline Luk

If you have ideas for future projects or would like to learn more about the fund, please contact


Funds awarded to date have supported various projects, including:

  • Sustainability lunch and learn program for Supply Management employees
  • Recycling and composting education initiatives at the School of Population and Public Health
  • A bottled-water-free events campaign at the Liu Institute for Global Issues
  • Styrofoam reduction and recycling pilot programs at the Brain Research Centre and the Life Sciences Institute
  • Zero waste events and “Living Atrium” projects at the UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • E-waste educational event and recycling drive in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability



Learn more about additional funding opportunities for sustainability projects at UBC.