Three recipients of this year’s Campus as a Living Lab ‘Grand Challenge’ are from the VPFO portfolio

Three recipients selected for this year’s Campus as a Living Lab ‘Grand Challenge’ all belong to the VPFO portfolio and will be moving forward with a total of $600k in funding. Congratulations to Facilities, Safety & Risk Services, and Campus Operations & Risk Management (UBCO) for their outstanding achievements.

The ‘Grand Challenge’ this year called for visionary approaches to how British Columbia and Canada can effectively respond and adapt to the climate emergency. The competition attracted faculty and staff from more than 22 academic departments and operational units across UBC Vancouver and Okanagan, resulting in three projects moving forward with a total of $600k in funding.

UBC’s Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) initiative lies a transformative concept: leveraging the unique campus environment as a collaborative framework for researchers, students, staff and external partners.

Here are the following recipients of the CLL Grand Challenge Award:

  • Project: Bioenergy from commercial-municipal organic waste with staff lead Jason Rako, People and Process Manager in Plant Operations from Energy and Water Services within UBC Facilities.
  • Project: Resilience hubs for UBC campus communities with staff lead Hailey Maxwell, Manager, Emergency Management & Continuity Planning, Safety & Risk Services.
  • Project: Smart fire detection systems to improve wildfire resilience of UBCO campus with staff lead Roger Bizzotto, Associate Director, Facilities Management.


Learn more about each project here.