Campus as a Living Laboratory

At UBC, we view our entire campus as a living laboratory, a kind of giant sandbox in which there is the freedom to explore—creatively and collaboratively—the technological, environmental, economic and societal aspects of sustainability.

As a living laboratory, UBC faculty, staff and students and private, public and NGO partners use the University's physical plant, combined with UBC’s education and research capabilities, to test, study, teach, apply and share lessons learned, technologies created and policies developed. We study our own behaviours and discoveries to advance sustainability scholarship inside and outside UBC.

This deep integration of operational and academic efforts in sustainability challenges the UBC community to reach across traditional boundaries of disciplines, sectors and geographies to affect change.

For more information on this initiative please see the Campus as a Living Laboratory page.