Financial Support

If you’re looking to reduce the environmental impact of your research activities or lab, this is your fund

The Green Labs Committee is looking for creative solutions to UBC-specific sustainability concerns and challenges at the university. The Green Labs Fund is available to researchers from both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

All UBC staff, faculty and students are eligible to apply.

Your innovative plan could make you the next lucky recipient of up to $4,000! The 2018 submission cycle is closed. Stay tuned for the 2019 submission deadline.

Previous Projects Funded

2018

  • Botany received $2500 to test new generation light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for plant growth chambers. The project will reduce energy consumption and use of mercury. The department has close 100 environmental chambers, if successful, the project has significant potential for scaleability.
  • An Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences department lab received $3070 to test a new method for seawater preservation. This will reduce the use of toxic chemicals (mercury).
  • UBCO Chemistry received $1580 to develop a custom water circulator for cooling to cool reflux and distillation systems. This project will reduce laboratory water usage.

2017

The Biochemistry third and forth year teaching labs at Point Grey campus received $4000 to replace their water cooled stills with an ultrafiltration water purification system. The project helps to reduce water and energy consumption.

2016

A Biology department research lab at UBCO received $1000 to replace water baths and ice buckets with reusable Lab Armor beads. The project helps to reduce water and energy consumption.

2015

The Centre for Blood Research at the Life Science Centre received $3600 to purchase a Lancer Dishwasher 100 hole pipette rack. This pilot project demonstrates the benefits of using a more efficient rack that cleans up to 100 glass pipettes at a time. This reduces water consumption, energy use, and solid waste (use of glass pipettes instead of plastic pipettes).

2014

  • UBCO Chemical Engineering received $2,500 for its Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) waste reduction project.
  • UBCO Chemistry Unit 3 received $2,500 for its Water Aspirator Replacement project.
  • UBCO Health and Exercise Sciences received $1,000 for its Sustainable Support of Undergraduate Student Research and Education through Anatomical Models project.

2013

  • Michael Smith Labs received $925 to demonstrate the benefits from the properties of light-emitting diode (LED) technology to reduce energy consumption, heat production, use of toxic chemicals (mercury), as well as to optimize the quality of light for the growth of plants.
  • The James Hogg Research Centre received $350 for their project to recycle bio-organic material to benefit wild raptor rehabilitation facilities.

2012

  • UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) received $5,000 for the rehabilitation of old forestry research project sites and the clean-up of abandoned research installations at MKRF project.

2011

  • The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received $1,978 to demonstrate the benefit of a living bio-wall to the indoor air quality of research buildings.
  • The Department of Mining and Engineering received $3,420 to demonstrate a water reduction opportunity by implementing an alternative to water aspirators.
  • The iCapture Centre received $1,000 for a Styrofoam reduction and recycling pilot project.

2010

  • The Department of Chemistry received funds to replace mercury manometers with electrical devices.
  • The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received fund to develop a chemical and equipment database.

2009

  • The iCAPTURE Centre received $2,000 for a Green Research Challenge and material substitution initiative.