The Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) is a one-time, $1.5 million fund for UBC Vancouver faculty and staff-led programs that mobilize and cultivate learning, research, and community engagement efforts in climate action by students.

The Climate Emergency Fund emerged through advocacy from the student-led UBC Climate Hub and close collaboration with elected AMS and GSS student leaders. Proposals were accepted over winter 2020-21, and in late spring 2021, a twelve-member Committee met to analyze the seven proposals that were received. All seven proposals demonstrated excellent student leadership and were successfully awarded full or partial funding.

The Fund advances the following three priorities:

  • foster a culture of engagement and advocacy on climate action
  • support community wellbeing in the face of the climate crisis
  • expand climate education opportunities and resources for the UBC community and broader public

Global Impact

The Climate Emergency Fund created valuable opportunities for the 7 student-led and -focused units and organizations with 62 projects to broaden and deepen climate action efforts across metro Vancouver, BC, and beyond.


Campus Impact

The Climate Emergency Fund also supported students, faculty, and staff at UBC to expand research and engagement on climate action across a broad range of disciplines. 7 faculties were backed by Climate Education Grants, and 140 student hires in total received support.


Learn more about the Climate Emergency Fund and how the fund recipients carried out projects impacting local and global communities on climate action.