Climate Education Grants provide up to $5,000 to UBC Vancouver faculty members to incorporate climate change content and teaching approaches into existing undergraduate and graduate courses.
On December 5, 2019, the President and Board of Governors declared a climate emergency, driven by student leadership at UBC.
Supported by $60,000 in one-time Climate Emergency funding, the Climate Education Grant program aims to quickly improve the depth and delivery of climate change content in existing courses by integrating and/or bolstering topics such as climate adaptation and resilience, climate justice, climate science, climate economics, climate law, planning and policy, and complex systems thinking. All areas of inquiry related to climate change and teaching are eligible.
- A grant of up to $5,000 is available per instructor to revise and deliver materials / activities / resources for an existing course. The course must be offered in summer 2022 or in the 2022/23 academic year (Winter Term 1 or 2).
- Proposals for up to $5,000 for one-time funding must include a detailed budget.
- Funds can be used for a wide range of curriculum development work (e.g., developing new course materials, hosting workshops to consults on course changes, developing resources for online delivery etc.), but all work must be undertaken by UBC students under the supervisor of the instructor. Funds are non-recurring and non-renewable.
- Proposed projects must be to revise an existing UBC course that will be taught by the applicant in 2022-2023: summer 2022, WT1 (Sep – Dec 2022) or WT2 (Jan – Apr 2023). Field courses and online/distance education courses are eligible.
- Funds must be used to incorporate climate change content into an existing course. Funds may also be used to develop and/or include innovative online teaching approaches that support student learning about the climate crisis.
- All funds must be used to hire UBC student(s) to complete the proposed work under the supervision of the course instructor.
- The executed course revisions supporting climate education must continue to be incorporated into the course in subsequent offerings.
- Applicants must be a current UBC Vancouver faculty member with a demonstrated ongoing role teaching the revised course.
How to Apply
- Complete the application form
- Provide your CV (short CV form - maximum five pages)
- Obtain a letter of support from your Department Head
- Submit your application (see below)
*The Selection Committee includes the USI Academic Director, the USI Teaching and Learning Manager and the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs.
Applications close Dec 18, 2021 (4pm PST).
Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the competition in mid January 2022.
Funds will be dispersed in early February 2022 and must be spent by April 30, 2023. Successful applicants are required to submit a final report detailing their course modifications and evaluation of impact to USI within one month of delivering their modified course.