Sustainability can be achieved at UBC through numerous avenues, including social, economic and environmental ones. There are currently 70+ student groups on the UBC Vancouver campus striving towards environmental and social sustainability in their respective communities. To help students navigate this vast space, the UBC Sustainability Initiative has complied this list of students groups.
If you are a UBC student looking to get involved with sustainability, consider joining one of the many volunteer-run student clubs, organizations and initiatives on campus.
Africa awareness initiative
UBC Africa Awareness Initiative is committed to improving discourse surrounding and including Africa at the University of British Columbia. In our capacity as UBC students, we aim to produce outstanding academic forums to encourage critical discussions pertaining to the relevance of the African continent and its Diaspora. Our mission is to exceed the layperson’s expectations of how much Africa has to give to the world. We will accomplish this by presenting world-class African scholars, writers, artists and activists representative of the high standard of knowledge being produced about Africa.
Agape Street Missions
UBC Agape is a UBC affiliated club that works to increase awareness of the social issues affecting street- entrenched individuals in Downtown Vancouver. We hand out food and clothing every Monday and Friday, while also creating a dialogue with those who are homeless.
Agora Café is a student volunteer-run, non-for-profit café at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus. Our goal is to provide affordable, accessible, healthy, local and organic food choices to students and faculty members while training volunteers in foodservice and business management.
Allard Law Student Society (ALSS)
The Allard Law Student Society (ALSS) is a student-run organization within the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC. Our primary goal is to promote greater awareness of the legal aspects of current environmental problems to the community, and to offer opportunities to law students to understand the practice of environmental law. The ALSS sponsors and hosts many events at the law school, including an Environmental Negotiation Competition, Career Panel, field trips, and more.
Amnesty International UBC
Amnesty International UBC is an AMS club that promotes awareness of human rights around the UBC campus and the Vancouver community. We focus on letter writing campaigns and fostering community knowledge and dialogue. We are guided by the mandate of Amnesty International to uphold universal standards of human rights and equality and to promote a peaceful and impartial voice for the oppressed and wrongfully treated.
AMS Get Thrifty @ UBC
A UBC Vancouver campus thrift store, primarily selling clothes, accessories, and books. This is mainly donation-based, with a newly implemented consignment system for premium merchandise.
AMS Refugee Relief
We are a diverse team of students at UBC, fundraising to support the private sponsorship of refugees to settle in Canada.
AMS Sustainability is a student resource that ensures that ongoing sustainability efforts at the AMS are successful and that student-involvement remains at the core of it all. As the sustainability office of the AMS, we have two key roles: (1) To provide connections and resources to students wishing to complete their own sustainability-related projects, such as through the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF), and; (2) To create and coordinate in house sustainability initiatives within the AMS to build upon the environmental and social responsibility of the students at UBC Vancouver.
Arts Undergraduate Society
The Arts Undergraduate Society aims to improve the social, academic, personal, and professional lives of Arts students at UBC Vancouver. The society is committed to diversity and inclusivity through transparent governance and advocacy. The AUS strives to provide programming, services, and events for Arts students, and a physical space to promote community within the Faculty.
AMS Young Women for STEM at UBC
We are a group of female-identifying UBC students from different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields committed to being role models for the next generation and to making a difference in our community. Our main goal is to reduce the gender gap by inspiring more young people, especially girls, to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Beneath One Sky
Beneath One Sky UBC (BOS UBC) is a student-run non-profit organization that focuses its efforts on raising awareness about poverty in one's community. Its founding goals are to promote awareness of local and global poverty, to directly support impoverished communities in Greater Vancouver and to give students an opportunity to see first-hand poverty in local communities and relieve any misconceptions that they may have. The organization hosts monthly volunteer opportunities for its members and the general public including Sandwich Making, Backpack Run, and Soup Kitchen event.
Best Buddies UBC
Best Buddies UBC is a chapter of the national Best Buddies organization. We are committed to promoting inclusion of people with disabilities on and off campus. UBC students are paired up with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities in the Greater Vancouver Area to create long-lasting friendships. Something that most of us take for granted is a good friend to hang out with! We also have monthly group events- anything from potlucks to talent shows to sports games!
Founded by the UBC Bike Co-op, the Bike Kitchen is UBC's non-profit, student-owned, full-service bike shop. At the Bike Kitchen, you can purchase a fully refurbished and guaranteed used bicycle, donate your old bike and parts, fix your bike with our tools, and learn to fix your bike if you don't already know how. You can also leave your bike for repairs if you're too busy, and choose from a wide selection of new and used parts and accessories.
Botany Enthusiasts Club
The Botany Enthusiasts Club is the first and only Botany Club at UBC, directly affiliated with the UBC Department of Botany. We seek to bring together UBC faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates who share a passion for the discipline of botany and/or a general interest in plants. Join us for a variety of plant-related activities and events that promote building a community of plant admirers and lovers at UBC.
The UBC Climate Hub is a new university-wide initiative that aims to connect and empower university and community stakeholders to take bold climate action for a just future. Our work is centered around justice, advocating for systemic change and fostering a sense of agency for youth through hopeful and collaborative climate action. Check out our website for more information around our current and upcoming projects!
Common Energy UBC
Common Energy UBC is a student-run organization working to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the UBC community. We aim to affect real change by building strong networks and working proactively with the University. Join any of our six teams – Zero Waste, Food Choice & Climate Change, Mugshare UBC, Emerging Green Builders, and Student Energy – to engage in dynamic and innovative ways to create a more sustainable UBC community.
At Commerce Undergraduate Society Sustainability, we inspire to create sustainable change in the lives of UBC students. Through our annual award-winning conference, Chasing Sustainability, and events throughout the year, we educate others about social, economic and environmental sustainability with respect to real-world businesses and issues.
Engineers for a Sustainable World
Formerly known as Chemical and Biological Engineering Sustainability, Engineers for a Sustainable World is a club made up of students and faculty who wish to promote sustainability through action, education, and engagement in the department and on campus. We organize events, including movie nights, regular speaker series, field trips, and large organic waste and e-waste collections. Currently, we are working on the UBC Biodiesel Project.
Engineers without Borders UBC
Engineers Without Borders UBC is one of 34 professional and student chapters across the world working to create lasting change and improve the livelihood of people in developing countries. It’s not just for engineers. We have five different ventures for you to explore your interests – Advocacy and Geopolitical Insights, Sustainability, Youth, Member Learning/ Journalism and Kumvana.
Environmental Design Society
The Environmental Design Society is an elected government at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. We strive to help students quickly orient themselves within the environmental design program, optimize their level of education and achievement, and expand the resources and opportunities available to current and future students. We also aim to communicate to a wider audience the role of design in shaping the way we inhabit and form relationships to our natural and built environments.
Environmental Engineering Student Association
The EESA at UBC offers academic support, resources, field trips, learning opportunities, and social activities to current ENVE students. Additionally, the EESA acts as a liason between ENVE students, other departments and faculties, and external parties. It is run by a dedicated executive council of current students.
Environmental Law Group
The UBC Environmental Law Group (ELG) is a student-run club operating out of the Faculty of Law at UBC. We seek to connect students with environmental law and environmental justice issues. Our events provide opportunities for learning, activism, and fun. Our primary goal is to promote greater awareness of the legal aspects of current environmental problems.
Environmental Science Students Association
The Environmental Science Students Association represents the Environmental Science program at UBC. We organize social events for students to get to know each other outside the classroom, as well as academic conferences and discussions with professionals in the environmental sciences field. We also host study groups for the program's core courses.
Environmental Policy Association
The UBC Environmental Policy Association is a club dedicated to analyzing economic and political responses to climate change. We host a wide variety of discussion-based events designed to encourage public engagement in environmental policy. Our mission includes increasing awareness surrounding global climate change policies and their ramifications.
We are a diverse group of students, both undergraduate and graduate, working toward creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We raise student awareness via workshop education and outreach activities to better recognize prejudices in ourselves and others, identify ways of responding to situations of discrimination and harassment, and discuss strategies for working to build a socially responsible campus community.
First Nations Studies Student Association
The First Nations Studies Student Association is a community of students, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous, who want to connect what they are learning in the classroom to contemporary Indigenous issues surrounding them. Whether it be through activism, co-hosting traditional Indigenous ceremonies, or building a community of engaged supporters of Indigenous issues and traditions, you will have opportunities to create important dialogue on incorporation of Indigenous interests into sustainable thinking and practice.
Forestry Undergraduate Society
The Forestry Undergraduate Society consists of undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC who are focused on the continued improvement of the academic and social environment in the Faculty. We aim to support the interests of all forestry students by providing resources and community involvement.
Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Undergraduate Society
The Undergraduate Student Association at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice aims to foster feminist, anti-racist, decolonizing, queer and trans* inclusive scholarship and research across UBC campus. Each year, we organize and host The F Word Conference, a student-led and directed conference on feminism, activism, and community.
Geography Students Association
The Geography Students Association is a student-run organization striving to build and maintain a sense of community within the Geography department. We aim to maintain a liaison between the students, staff and faculty, as well as promote social, academic and leadership opportunities for our members and strive to make our club and department sustainable socially, environmentally and economically.
Geological Engineering Club
GeoRox is the Geological Engineering Undergraduate Club. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community, supporting each other academically, socially, and professionally. Our annual functions include the GeoRox Alumni & Industry Dinner, On the Rox, Distinguished Lecturer, Christmas in March, and of course E-WEEK!
Graduate Student Society
The GSS (Graduate Student Society) is run by and for the 10,000 grad students at UBC. We promote, and protect our members academic, social and cultural interests by bringing key issues to the university and to government to improve the grad student experience. We also offer a variety of events, classes, and other opportunities year-round to connect with peers across campus as well as provide academic, personal, or career support during your degree.
GreenChem UBC is a student-founded and student-run organization with the vision of promoting chemistry that uses fewer resources, less energy and has lower environmental impact. Through seminars, workshops, and networking, we strive to educate scientists and engineers about important green chemistry concepts that are relevant to chemical research and the community at large.
Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society
We are the undergraduate student body of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. The society is composed of all undergraduate students who are active members of the AMS and registered in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The Land and Food Systems Undergraduate Society (LFS|US) is committed to building a sense of community within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS). The council is elected by the Land and Food Systems students to organize activities and to make sure we as a Faculty are represented in University affairs, and to make sure the student’s voices are heard in Faculty affairs.
The Melt Collective radical trans-disciplinary circular economy center. We work to change the narrative around waste. We believe waste should not be seen as waste, but rather as a valuable nutrient from which utility and beauty can be created. Our projects are each a unique synthesis involving the transformative power of renewables, regenerative biodesign, open-source knowledge transfer, and materials ecology.
Oxfam UBC is committed to developing innovative ways to support Oxfam's important aid and relief work, and to raising awareness of global poverty. We act locally, helping to create UBC's Ethical Purchasing Policy Committee, which draws together representatives from the UBC Alma Mater Society, the administration, and Oxfam Canada, and is committed to the goal of a "No Sweat" campus. We also foster partnerships to host exciting events such as fundraiser dinners, film nights, concerts, rallies.
Parks Canada Club
The UBC Parks Canada Club empowers individuals to experience the wonders of the great outdoors in a welcoming, sustainably focused, and environmentally conscious community. Our mission is to inspire youth across Canada to get outdoors, have fun and promote healthy lifestyles through the exploration of Canadian Parks. Join us to learn how to camp and do conservation work in a safe and friendly environment.
Pencils of Promise UBC
We are a group of young leaders supporting Pencils of Promise's mission to provide quality education to students across the globe.
Period at UBC
Period. at UBC is a local chapter of PERIOD. Inc., which strives to reduce the stigma surrounding periods, as well as, provide access to free period products to those who can't afford it.
Planning Students' Association
The Planning Students' Association is composed of students within the School of Community and Regional Planning. Our goal is to create a community of student engagement and learning within our program that examines and bridges issues from the classroom to the community, including sustainability.
Project Imagine is a non-profit that applies sustainable designs to environmental issue. They are currently running a mobile campus thrift shop called Get Thrifty, soon to be a permanent store in the UBC Life Building come September 2020.
Psychology Students' Association
The Psychology Students’ Association is a student-run organization that works together with the Department of Psychology to enhance the personal, professional and academic success of UBC's psychology students. We hold year-round academic and social events, and provide our members with information about psychology-related research and volunteer opportunities.
Roots on the Roof
Roots on the Roof is a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the roof of the AMS Student Nest. Apart from growing and harvesting food sustainably, we aim to create an inclusive space for social engagement and opportunities for you to explore, learn, and actively take part in food system initiatives. We host events and workshops that encourage conversations around food, culture, health, and sustainability.
Rotaract Club of Vancouver-UBC
The Rotaract Club of Vancouver is based at the University of British Columbia Campus. It is a student-run service club. It strives to integrate the ideas of the members and it aims to make a difference within the local community as well as in the international arena. The club is composed of a diverse student body and is very open to new and creative ideas within the contexts of professional development, community service, international service, and fundraising.
Sauder Net Impact
Net Impact is non-profit organization and Sauder’s largest graduate student club made up of students and professional members. Our mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world. We bring together like-minded individuals in lively discussions around sustainability, curriculum development, planning and hosting the annual UBC Net Impact Conference, and promoting opportunities to learn and volunteer in the community.
Science Undergraduate Society
Founded in 1961, the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) aims to promote the academic, physical and social wellbeing of UBC Science students. With a team of 250 serving a student body of approximately 9000, we are working to integrate sustainability in our day to day operations. Our Sustainability Commission helps SUS run environmentally friendly events and advocate for climate justice on behalf of science students. Please contact us for more information regarding our sustainability efforts.
The UBC SDG Alliance takes a justice-centred approach to expand and enrich collaboration towards a more sustainable and equitable world. We aim to foster collaboration between different groups and accelerate progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at UBC.
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Social Enterprise Club
The UBC Social Enterprise Club seeks to educate students about all aspects of social enterprise, engage students in active examples of social enterprise, and connect students to social enterprise organizations and professionals and other students, locally and internationally. We host events and workshops that bridge disciplines and aim at educating and empowering students to become catalysts for sustainable impact through social entrepreneurship. Our flagship event is the annual UBC Social Enterprise Conference.
Social Justice Centre
The Social Justice Centre is an AMS Resource Group located at the Resource Lounge (2ndfloor or the AMS Student Nest). We recognize that there are immense socio-economic inequalities both globally and in our communities that inherently unjust. At the Social Justice Centre, we aim to serve any and all students interested in finding progressive solutions to societal and global injustice.
Sprouts is a community-driven organization located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Sprouts operates several branching initiatives with community, sustainability, and accessibility as its founding principles. Its main initiatives include Sprouts and Seedlings Café, a destination for rotating seasonal, local, and organic dishes, Sprouts Box, a weekly produce subscription service, and Community Eats, a weekly pay-by-donation lunch. Sprouts strives to cultivate a community that supports sustainable food systems and is welcoming of everyone.
Student Environment Centre
The Student Environment Centre is an AMS Resource Group for individuals within the UBC community who are environmental and sustainability-focused, or are interested in learning more about this. We provide resources, in the form of funding and advising for the UBC community, relating to projects and events that are sustainability-focused or that are aiming to be more environmental. We also organize events throughout the year on campus, and monitor our ongoing project, the UBC Free Store.
We are the UBC Surf Club, a community of students, alumni and changemakers who are as concerned with the health of the environment as we are set on enjoying it's best features. Beyond planning parties and surf trips, we hold sustainability events where we bring local activists, inventors and the community together in creative and inspiring ways. Find us at our office in the AMS Nest, room 3301H.
The Pride Collective
The Pride Collective is an AMS Resource Group for gender and sexual diversity. Collective members are available to offer educational and support services to those who self-identify within the multitude of gender & sexuality identities and non-identities as well as to allies and those who just wish to know more. We assist those coming out; supply a forum for discussion; hold social events, workshops, daily discussion groups; and host Outweek - a campus-wide, week-long celebration in February.
UBC Dollar Project
The UBC Dollar Project is an award winning global issues club centered around collective action and eliminating apathy by promoting a culture of awareness and dialogue, and by spurring individuals to act. We are committed to taking action in a timely manner and to leading by example through innovation, volunteering and fundraising.
UBC Emerging Green Builders
The Cascadia Green Building Council aims to promote the future of the built environment to one that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. On campus, we see an amazing potential for collaboration between UBC students across different levels and disciplines who all share a great passion for holistic and sustainable built environment.
Our student group is a team under the Common Energy structure, and our team of students work together to deliver programming to students at UBC on topics of a sustainable built environment.
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm is a teaching and research centre and local-to-global food hub working towards a more sustainable, food-secure future. Our living laboratory at the UBC Farm is committed to experiential learning and finding solutions to challenges facing food systems sustainability. We offer many way for students to get their hands dirty, including for-credit courses and practicums, volunteer opportunities, and events such as our community kitchen dinners.
UBC Global Lounge
The Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre at the UBC serves as a home base for globally-focused UBC student clubs and organizations, currently representing membership of more than 1000 students. With funding and operational support from the University, we are committed to dialogue and action, regularly hosting programs and initiatives with an intercultural and international focus, and building a community among students, faculty, and staff interested in global issues.
UBC Mental Health Awareness Club
The UBC Mental Health Awareness Club (or UBC MHAC) is UBC’s largest mental health promotion club. Our goals are to raise awareness for mental health, promote and support positive mental health, and eliminate the stigma towards mental illnesses and mental health conversations. We work towards these goals by hosting a variety of events, and writing posts on our blog for anyone who may be interested in different perspectives on mental health!
UBC Mental Health Network
The UBC Mental Health Network (MHN) is a collective body of representatives of mental health resources and student groups on campus. Through media campaigns, network meetings, workshops, and symposium events, the MHN works to facilitate cross-collaboration and promotion of mental health initiatives. The MHN also works to identify and pursue lobbying and advocacy on campus with regard to policies surrounding student mental health concerns.
UBC Sustainability Ambassadors
The Sustainability Ambassadors Program is an immersive leadership experience for students interested in personal, collaborative, and community engaged learning. As an Ambassador, you will work as part of a team to educate UBC students about sustainability, encourage student engagement with sustainability, form connections between sustainability groups on campus, and organize and promote sustainability events. Find out how you could create positive change through projects and initiatives that enhance human wellbeing and engagement in sustainability.
UBC Sustainability in Residence
Sustainability in Residence is a collaborative partnership between UBC Sustainability & Engineering and Residence Life. Our team develops and organizes engaging sustainable initiatives for over 8,500 students living on campus. From leadership opportunities to integrating green lifestyle choices into your daily activities, living sustainably on campus can be both fun, and easy. Contact us if you're interested in joining our sustainability team! We have campaigns and programs happening throughout the year with flexible volunteer commitments and great volunteer benefits!
UBC Sustaingineering is a one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary team with the goal of accelerating the adoption of sustainable energy across the globe. Being a team of 60 strong, we focus on creating sustainable technologies for remote/developing communities, while also educating youth on the important role that sustainable practices will play throughout their lives.
UBC Water and Waste Association
The UBC British Columbia Water and Waste Association Student Chapter (UBC-BCWWA) is an AMS registered club for students who are interested in all things water related. We are an official student branch of our parent organization, the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA), whose members are the people who work every day to ensure safe, sustainable and secure water and wastewater systems that protect public health and the environment in British Columbia and the Yukon. We at UBC-BCWWA hope to promote interest in water issues as well as provide a platform to connect students with professionals in the water industry. Please explore our site to find out more about us and what we do!
UBC Wellness Centre
Want to learn more about your wellbeing as a student? Interested in topics like healthy eating, sleeping, safer sex and stress management? At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload. We also offer regular events and workshops to help you navigate university life.
UBCC350 is a political climate action group that aims to use the power of collective action to promote climate justice. Through our campaigns, we advocate for government action on climate policy, political engagement, institutional climate leadership, environmental justice, and Indigenous sovereignty. We also administer the Divest UBC campaign to hold UBC accountable to divesting from the fossil fuel industry.
United Nations Children’s Fund at the University of British Columbia is a student-run organization that raises awareness and funds for UNICEF Canada.
Varsity Outdoor Club
The Varsity Outdoor Club was founded in 1917 and has a long history for the encouragement of self-propelled and environmentally conscientious wilderness adventure, education and sustainability. Since the clubs’ inception VOC members have been leaders in outdoor recreation stewardship with members participating in rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, cross-country biking, and other many other outdoor activities. Today, the VOC is one of the largest student run clubs with a membership base of 600 to 1000 members and we welcome all abilities and experience levels to join.
Vegans of UBC
Vegans of UBC aims to educate the UBC community about veganism through activism, outreach, and working with different organizations on campus. We are working towards a more ethical, environmentally sustainable, and healthier UBC community. We also provide a space for vegans to meet like-minded people.
WasteNauts Engineering Design Team
WasteNauts is UBC's only Engineering Design Team dedicated towards achieving a truly Regenerative and Circular Economy. We blend technical and social approaches to reveal value in materials once considered waste. Our projects range from plastic recycling innovation, biomaterial development and circular economy educational programmes.
Women in Science
The UBC Women in Science Club was founded to provide support for female undergraduates in Science fields. Our club has 3 pillars: Mentorship, Building Community, and Connecting People. Our club offers many events throughout the school year, including networking events with alumni, professional development workshops, and social events. We also offer an ongoing mentorship program. We envision that mentorship and networking relationships between professional women in various science fields and current undergraduate students will help those students through common challenges that arise for women pursuing careers in science.
World Vision UBC
We are the official AMS student-run World Vision club at UBC. Our aim is to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of the impoverished through World Vision Canada’s initiatives, and to support our four sponsor children from Cambodia, Haiti, Democratic republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.
The Zero Waste Squad is a peer-led volunteer program open to all UBC students - brought to you with support from UBC Sustainability. Join today, and help us make UBC a zero waste campus.