Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity (CCUB) is an initiative aimed towards creating interdisciplinary, demand-driven, diverse, and inclusive student-led research that designs and develops urban solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises simultaneously.

Images: From left - The Urban Climate Justice Workshop was co-hosted by SEEDS with the UBC Climate Hub; Digitizing Campus Tree and Shrub Social Value Maps Project. Mapping Campus Landscape Change Over Time Project.

ABOUT

Together with the Faculties of Arts, Forestry, Science and other partners across campus and the region, the SEEDS Sustainability Program launched CCUB in Fall 2019.  As a new pilot its goal is to create innovative applied research pathways for inclusive, collaborative, and impactful undergraduate research that enhances urban biodiversity conservation in a changing climate and informs related policies and practices for accelerating action on the climate and biodiversity crises.

By co-developing localized urban actions and adaptations, CCUB advances local and global issues while supporting transformative learning and research opportunities. Participants will work together to respond to the global crisis of biodiversity loss, exacerbated by urbanization, climate change, and threats in the ecological, social, and economic systems that sustain us. 

CCUB received funding from the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) initiative and it will be a two-year pilot with ambitions to continue.
 

WHO WE ARE

CCUB is an interdisciplinary collaboration which includes co-applicants from the Faculties of Forestry, Arts and Science and related UBC groups. 

Partners and Collaborators 
Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD), UBC Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC Climate Hub,  UBC Botanical Garden and others.

CCUB’s Steering Committee provides direction for the initiative and offers an interdisciplinary perspective. The Committee guides and identifies opportunities to achieve CCUB’s vision through applied student-led research opportunities and partnerships, community engagement, and informing related policies and practices.

Action Teams

CCUB’s Action Teams are comprised of experts from the CCUB Steering Committee who support the implementation of priorities. 

CCUB Curricular Action Team is responsible for the scoping, development of content and curricular research opportunities that advance priorities.  Key initiatives include: 

  1. Co-create interdisciplinary research opportunities that tackle climate change and urban biodiversity loss together with UBC undergraduate and graduate students, including those with a diverse range of abilities, cultural and demographic backgrounds and for faculty to integrate opportunities into their curriculum. Pilot a multi-year course series with biodiversity and climate change student research opportunities woven through the undergraduate experience and research cycle.
     
  2. Inclusive research design and engagement model that expands underrepresented students’ access to applied research opportunities. 

CCUB Co-Curricular Action Team is responsible for the scoping, development of content and co-curricular research opportunities that advance priorities. Key initiatives include: 

  1. Launch Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Workshops (IKEWs) where historically, persistently, or systematically marginalized student groups collaborate with faculty, staff, other students, and community partners at UBC and beyond to co-develop solutions for tackling these global challenges through local research projects.
     
  2. Develop a campus based community-engaged citizen science framework to enable students to gain research experience and knowledge on biodiversity and climate change

View our UBC Campus Biodiversity Knowledge Networks to see a visualization of CCUB Steering Committee, Action Teams and affiliated networks, and learn more about the people behind urban biodiversity work on the UBC campus. 
 

VISION

We aim to inspire the next generation of students to work towards the interconnected global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by co-creating student-led, inclusive, and demand-driven research opportunities that yield scalable solutions towards two interconnected crises. 

MISSION 

Co-create impactful student research opportunities for accelerating action on climate change and urban biodiversity loss. We aim to inform policies and practices at UBC that tackle both interconnected challenges by creating an interdisciplinary partnership platform between student groups, faculty, staff and community partners.

GOALS

1. Co-create interdisciplinary research opportunities that tackle climate change and urban biodiversity loss together with UBC undergraduate and graduate students, including those with a diverse range of abilities, cultural and demographic backgrounds  and for faculty to integrate opportunities into their curriculum.

2. Launch Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange Workshops (IKEWs) where historically, persistently, or systematically marginalized student groups collaborate with faculty, staff, other students, and community partners to co-develop solutions for tackling these global challenges through local research projects.

3. Inform campus policies and pilot novel practices that tackle climate change and urban biodiversity loss together.

4. Develop strategies that facilitate the dissemination of projects and initiatives about global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss that have been explored at university.

5.  Work towards creating a model that can be scaled and transferred to other universities, global challenges and/or other geographical contexts.
 

Who we are

CCUB is an interdisciplinary collaboration. Co-applicants include the Faculties of Foresty, Arts and Science. Partners and collaborators include the Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD), Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC Climate Hub, and many others.

Get in touch

CCUB launched in September 2019 and is funded by a grant from the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE). It will serve as a 2-year pilot with ambitions to continue. Research projects, collaboration opportunties and events for the upcoming terms are currently being planned. We will be hosting Knowledge Exchange Labs in the near future. Stay tuned for CCUB opportunities and events.

Please get in touch if you have questions or want to get involved in CCUB.

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CCUB's research focus areas include: Urban Climate Justice: Creating sustainable pathways for humans and other species Urban Landscape Stewardship: Sharing our campus with other species Tackling Eco-Anxiety - Through direct...