Since 2002, UBC’s Campus as a Living Lab has been providing demonstrated, innovative solutions to global sustainability issues – facilitating learning opportunities, knowledge exchange & dissemination that impact real world practice and policy.
Indigenous Campus Living Laboratory at xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden
Leak detection for UBC buildings using autonomous robots
Creating an inclusive, climate and COVID-resilient outdoor learning space @ UBC
Campus Trees, Microbes and Insects (CTMAIN): A database for understanding how tree traits mitigate climate change and enhance biodiversity
MycoToilet: Demonstration of a Mycelium-Based Composting Toilet Sustainable Places & Communities
Our work is guided by a set of core values, in addition to the values laid out in UBC’s Strategic Plan, Shaping the Next Century.
We support and develop projects that contribute to ecological, social and economic sustainability, address the climate and biodiversity crises, and are aligned with the long-term strategic vision for the UBC campus and its community.
2. Equity and Inclusion
Demonstration of innovation in physical or social systems that seeks to strengthen their capacity to withstand and adapt to paradigm-altering shocks, such as climate change, global pandemics, natural disasters, automation and job loss, etc.
We build collaborations and partnerships through clear and open processes, and ensuring fair, ethical, consensual and transparent engagement.
4. Collaborative Learning
We embrace participatory and reciprocal ways of learning and sharing knowledge, reflective of the different communities, knowledge systems and experiences of those engaged in our projects.