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Welcoming our 100th Greenest City Scholar this year

May 27 2016

“This program is one example of what makes Vancouver an innovative leader among green initiatives in the country,” said Sadhu Johnson, Vancouver City Manager.

Greenest City Scholars 2016

Since its inauguration seven years ago, the Greenest City Scholars Program has connected 100 University of British Columbia (UBC) graduate students with the City to perform meaningful research on sustainability initiatives.

Students providing innovated solutions

Jointly managed by UBC and the City, the program provides graduate students, under the guidance of a City mentor, with:

  • Real world problems
  • The opportunity to conduct research and recommend innovative solutions

The students apply their research to help contribute to City policies related to the:

Proposals deemed feasible by City staff may be further developed.

“This program is one example of what makes Vancouver an innovative leader among green initiatives in the country,” said Sadhu Johnson, Vancouver City Manager.

“Partnering with UBC and providing meaningful opportunities for students to work with staff to solve challenges we face, provides them with hands on experience and fosters their enthusiasm and commitment to fight climate change. In return, the City gains fresh ideas, valuable research, and potential solutions to help us as we work towards becoming the greenest city in the world. The success of this program demonstrates the importance of partnerships with institutions like UBC and the value it adds to all the participants.”    

Providing graduate students with applied learning experiences

For UBC, the program offers graduate students the opportunity to integrate their classroom and lab experience into the community.

“The Greenest City Scholars Program provides UBC graduate students with applied learning experiences that will enrich their future careers," said UBC Interim President Martha Piper. "It also helps advance Vancouver's sustainability goals by working in partnership with the City."

Program has expanded to other partners 

The Greenest City Scholars Program continues to see great success, and UBC has expanded the model to other local partners, in addition to projects on their own campus, including:

  • Municipalities
  • Utilities
  • Health authorities

The program is also being replicated across Canada; last year, the:

  • City of Edmonton, in partnership with the University of Alberta, launched a program following this model
  • City of Montreal is looking at a similar model with McGill University

Reports from past scholars

Reports from past scholars are available in the UBC Greenest City Scholars project library 

Learn more about the program

The Greenest City Scholars Program is open to UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines, and runs from early May to August each year.

Learn more about the Greenest City Scholars Program