Programs and Initiatives

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Catalyzing innovation

Campus as a Living Lab has been an approach to innovation and applied research at the UBC since the early 2000's. Over 20 years, living lab projects have taken on a variety of forms and today many programs across the university that engage in living lab research and activities.

We are in the early stages of revitalizing and restructuring Campus as a Living Lab as a mechanism to more effectively address complex sustainability challenges and increase the real world impacts. Moving forward we will develop new programs and connect to existing ones that respond to and create more opportunities for applied research and innovation projects.

Latest updates

CLL Fund Competition

Competition Opens: Sep 1, 2023

Submission Deadline: Nov 27, 2023 


UBC Okanagan’s Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) program offers its Faculty and Staff a unique opportunity to incubate, test, and demonstrate innovative research ideas in a real-world setting, embedded on campus lands (its buildings, infrastructure, streets, and spaces) or within its communities.

Policy, Economics & Governance

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is a teaching and research centre and local-to-global food hub working towards a more sustainable, food-secure future.

Production, Consumption & Waste

The Climate Venture Studio is a entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC) program for UBC researchers interested in developing and commercializing scientific or technological innovations that tackle a widespread climate issue.

Climate Change & Energy

The Sustainability Scholars Program is run by the Sustainability Hub. Scholars is a paid partnership program matching UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on applied research projects that advance sustainability across the region.

Policy, Economics & Governance

The Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability Program is run by Sustainability and Engineering in Campus and Community Planning.

Ecological Systems