Interdisciplinary collaborations help advance UBC’s sustainability, climate, and wellbeing commitments and SEEDS Big 5 Research Priorities. UBC students, faculty, operational practitioners, and community partners collaborate to provide expertise and guidance to advance UBC's sustainability and wellbeing commitments through impactful research and collaborations. Each interdisciplinary collaboration has a Steering Committee, supporting Action Teams and research clusters that utilize the Campus as a Living Laboratory.
Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD)
The Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) is an interdisciplinary hub for connecting academics, students, practitioners, and community in applied research and collaborations to advance scalable urban biodiversity ideas, policies and actions on the UBC- Vancouver campus.
The Ecosystem Services Action Team (ESAT) is a group of engaged experts of CBIRD Steering Committee members and beyond who collaborate to scope student research and collaborations that can inform integration of biodiversity and ecosystem service practices and principles with emerging policy and planning processes, as well as a campus natural asset baseline.
Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity (CCUB)
The Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity (CCUB) initiative fosters community-based and applied research collaborations with students, faculty, staff and community partners to inform policies and practices that accelerate action towards eco-human health and wellbeing in the climate emergency.
1. UBC Bird-Friendly Action Team - CCUB’s Bird-Friendly Action (BFAT) is a group of engaged experts and stakeholders from UBC and beyond who collaborate to advance bird conservation through interdisciplinary partnerships and applied student research that informs nature-inclusive urban planning and design on campus.
UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP)
The UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP) is a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary initiative for connecting the campus food system. UBCSFP advances a just and sustainable campus food system through applied research and collaboration. Staff, faculty and students inspire collaborative action in all that we do to catalyze global change.
Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team - The Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team (CFFS-AT) is a group of engaged experts from the UBCFSP Steering Committee and other partners who collaborate to inform applied student research and collaborations between staff, faculty and students that can accelerate transitions towards a climate-friendly food system and advance UBC’s Climate Action Plan 2030 Food Actions
Circular Economy Research Action Team - The Circular Economy Research Action Team (CE-RAT) is a group of engaged experts from the UBCFSP Steering Committee and beyond who collaborate to inform applied student research and collaborations between staff, faculty and students that can promote a circular economy and advance UBC’s Circular Economy Action Plan 2030.
Food Security Initiative (FSI)
The Food Security Initiative (FSI) is a cross disciplinary initiative operating in both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, that strives toward a holistic, university-wide, and systems-based approach to harness scalable solutions in alleviating household food insecurity and promoting community food security.