Six new projects receive Campus as a Living Lab funding to advance sustainability and wellbeing

Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange
Theme: Innovation
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The Campus as a Living Lab Fund Competition is helping UBC researchers test new ideas to support climate action, resilient systems, sustainable places and communities, and health and wellbeing.

The 2022 CLL Fund Competition received applications from faculty and staff in over 23 different departments at UBC Vancouver – and featured a broad selection of amazing ideas for using campus land, buildings, resources, and community as a testbed for sustainability and wellbeing innovations that could have wider applications for BC, Canada, and the world.

Funding of $250,000 for six new sustainability and wellbeing projects

The CLL Fund Competition awards up to $200,000 in seed funding annually to innovative living lab projects at UBC Vancouver. In 2022, CLL partnered with UBC Wellbeing to provide an additional $50,000 to projects specifically focused on promoting health and wellbeing. Together this partnership enabled UBC to support six new projects that will start in 2023.

This year’s projects demonstrate a broad variety of innovations and interdisciplinary collaborations, including a Mycelieum (mushroom) based composting toilet, inclusive, climate and COVID-resilient outdoor learning space, autonomous robots to map and assess building systems, and an expansion of the Campus Tree Database to include the ecological community biodiversity as well as wellbeing-focused projects exploring physical exercise-based treatment pathways for depression in students and a community-based initiative to recover and advance Indigenous land-based wellness knowledge and practices.

Please visit the Campus as a Living Lab website to read about the 2022 CLL Fund recipients.

Through Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange, UBC is committed to improving the ecosystem that supports the translation of research into action.