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Food and forest, sea and sky: sustainability touches every aspect of our living world and impacts environmental, social, and economic health around the globe.

Creating solutions for the future of our planet is embedded in every aspect of UBC life—from research and teaching, to campus operations and community outreach.

In Canada, UBC is top-ranked in geography, earth and marine sciences, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, with recognized strength in biodiversity and building sustainable infrastructure. Among global universities, we place in the top three for climate action and in the top five for advancing safe and sustainable cities.

Our Vancouver campus is itself a municipality which acts as an extended ‘living lab’ for the real-time design and testing of sustainable solutions. Our Okanagan campus is a thought incubator, with the vigor of youth and the determination to create a meaningful and immediate impact on the world around us. Our global leadership means we are uniquely positioned to imagine what is possible.

With your help, we will expand our “green innovation” efforts to respond to the climate emergency and deliver new solutions for the future.

Campaign stories

How UBC is taking the world forward

All across UBC’s campuses, our faculty, students and staff are working to advance healthy lives, create solutions for the planet and shape thriving societies. When you make a gift to support UBC, you are helping move our world forward. Read more about the amazing work of our researchers, and what motivates them, in our featured campaign stories.

Smaller, superpowered and sustainable: battery research is charging ahead

At UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Jian Liu and his research team are developing the batteries of the future.

Unearthing the hidden world of trees: Dr. Suzanne Simard and the Mother Tree Project

Moving her Mother Tree Project in forestry forward, Dr. Simard and her team have benefited from the support of farsighted donors who appreciate the long-term goals of her research.

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Featured causes that need your support

Food and Beverage Innovation Centre

Centrally located in the UBC Vancouver campus’s health district, the new Food and Beverage Innovation Centre will comprise 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of space, including laboratories and workshops dedicated to pre-processing, novel equipment, fermentation, and packaging, as well as quality assurance and analysis. Give today and help launch BC as a leader in food processing advancements and sustainable food practices for the long term.

Hydrogen Hub

UBC is the world’s #1 university on climate action and is positioned to become a testbed for an integrated energy system that could change forever how cities function. Your gift will help UBC transform a whole city block into a smart-energy district that will launch next-generation technologies to accelerate the global transition to low-carbon economies within ten years.

Next Generation Battery Research and Training Centre

Battery technology is truly at the dawn of a new era. After decades of limited advancement, we have a critical need to optimize and improve battery energy density, safety, and recyclability to power our future. Give today and help UBC Okanagan lead the way to a more sustainable battery economy.

The Mother Tree Project

Launched in 2015 by world-renowned forest ecologist Dr. Suzanne Simard—this project builds on extensive research demonstrating how elder “Mother” trees help forests recover from fire and logging by transmitting information through mycorrhizal fungal networks to germinating seedlings. Support Dr. Simard’s vital research managing forests for resilience and wildfire recovery.

FORWARD for Students Affordability Initiative

Affordability is the greatest challenge facing students today. The time for action is now—you can help UBC students to build a better future for us all.

UBC Sustainability Scholars Program

With paid internships, students tackle real-world sustainability problems for organizations across the south coast of BC and southern Vancouver Island. Your donation provides UBC graduate students with a unique educational opportunity, as well as crucial experience working on sustainability issues.

Advancing healthy lives

Today, there are more people alive on our planet than ever before—and they are living longer than at any time in human history. Your gift will help reduce the time it takes to turn research into results, and ensure more equitable access to healthcare and healthier outcomes across the generations.

Shaping thriving societies

At UBC, our commitment to resilient societies runs deep: with a dedication to meaningful reconciliation with the people of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Syilx Okanagan nations, on whose traditional lands our campuses reside.

The campaign for UBC


FORWARD, the campaign for UBC, will help advance healthy lives, create solutions for the planet, and shape thriving societies. Donors and alumni are the catalyst to make it happen. Together we will shape a better world.

Learn more about FORWARD, the campaign for UBC

Give, and together we will move the world forward.