More Sustainability Scholars summer internships available

Subject: (Time sensitive) More Sustainability Scholars Summer Internships available (please circulate)

 

Hello!

I still have some Sustainability Scholars internship opportunities available this summer.

Unless specified otherwise, each position is for a total of 250 hours over the summer (part-time), for which the successful candidate will receive $5250.

Further information on the available internship projects can be found on our Student Opportunities web page. Except where noted, applications close at midnight Sunday March 24.

2019-11 Building energy performance modelling using a net-zero approach (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-12 Research and development of a lifecycle costing tool for selecting new fleet vehicles (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-13 Research to support business model innovation to drive heat pump retrofits in Metro Vancouver (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-18 Research to understand how to support energy step code implementation in small to medium sized BC communities(repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-22 Policy assessment of carbon-focused LCA in green building design and performance (repost, closes March 24)

2019-28 Analyzing data to understand the impact of climate change on the forests around the drinking water supply areas (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-36 Improving the understanding of ground-level ozone formation and exposure (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-40 Evaluate an exercise prescription program to support mental wellbeing at UBC Okanagan (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-41 Pilot and assess a community resilience framework (repost, accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled or March 24, whichever comes first)

2019-48 Research on best practices to encourage energy-efficient renovations in multifamily dwellings (repost, closed midnight March 24)

2019-54 Dealing with dirt: Feasibility study on other uses for excavated soil to keep it out of the landfill (repost, closes midnight March 24)

2019-63 Best practices research and business case to support renewable energy use in commercial kitchens (repost, closes midnight March 24)

Building energy performance modelling using a net-zero approach (posting #2019-11)

This project would be a great opportunity for an applied science, architecture or engineering student interested in honing their energy modelling skills.

The successful candidate will be directly involved in evaluating the feasibility of implementing a new forward-looking site-specific net-zero reference house approach to understand building performance for BC Housing. The initial phases of the project involved developing and refining the best approach for defining the reference building. From there the Scholar will test the approach and produce a report that includes (among other things) recommendations on additional research and analysis that would be required before implementing the proposed new reference building approach.

The ideal candidate is analytical, has good organizational and time management skills and brings building energy modelling experience and a strong interest in sustainability to the project.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Applied Science, Engineering, SCARP, etc. Ideal for students with the following research interests: building science, high performance buildings, energy step code, energy modelling, etc.

Research and development of a lifecycle costing tool for selecting new fleet vehicles (project #2019-12)

This is a great opportunity for a student with experience using financial modelling tools and a background in data or financial analysis.

The successful candidate will be involved in identifying the criteria and then helping to select or possibly develop a tool that supports business decisions regarding the kinds of vehicles being selected for the Township of Langley’s fleets.

The ideal candidate is a good researcher and is comfortable engaging with stakeholders and industry experts to understand requirements. This project is immediately actionable in that it will be used to recommend the purchase of an existing LCA tool or to develop an in-house tool. Depending on the recommendations and time permitting, the scholar will be involved in development of the tool.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Applied Science, SCARP, business, Data Science, economics, resource economics, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: financial modelling, transportation-related GHG emissions reductions, lifecycle costing analysis, stakeholder engagement, etc.

Research to support business model innovation to drive heat pump retrofits in Metro Vancouver (project #2019-13)

Students interested in bringing their stakeholder engagement, analytical, and research skills to help transform the retrofit market in Metro Vancouver and help local governments achieve their community energy and emissions plan (CEEP) targets should consider applying for this opportunity.

This project involves assessing the value chain and proposing innovative business models to help drive 10,500 heat pump retrofits annually in Metro Vancouver.

The successful Scholar will . . . conduct a literature review of business models for heat pumps and equipment with similar characteristics in comparable jurisdictions; interview and engage with industry, utility, local government, and homeowner stakeholders across Metro Vancouver; and produce a prototype work plan for next steps and implementation.

The Scholar’s work will be used to provide guidance for local governments and senior government policy/regulation changes to support business model innovation in this space and position the region to begin prototyping business models.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Sauder, SCARP, SALA, Public Policy, urban design, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: financial modelling, behaviour change, building retrofits, building science, high performance buildings, policy, etc.

Research to understand how to support energy step code implementation in small to medium sized BC communities (posting #2019-18)

The results of this needs-assessment project will be used by the Community Energy Association to support Step Code implementation in small- and medium-sized communities in BC.

The successful candidate will analyze survey data, develop criteria for creating a prioritized list of small/med communities, design survey questions and conduct phone interviews to understand the readiness of small/med local governments to implement the BC Energy Step Code. Project work includes development of a set of recommendations on how to help smaller communities make progress in implementing the Energy Step Code, including on what information they will find most pertinent. Time permitting, the Scholar may also engage with key industry stakeholders, including trades and training institutions.

The ideal candidate enjoys interacting with others, is analytical, has good organizational and time management skills and brings qualitative research experience, stakeholder engagement skills, and a strong interest in sustainability to the project.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: SCARP, Sauder, Public Policy, Applied Science, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: qualitative and quantitative research, behaviour change, step code implementation, stakeholder engagement, etc.

Policy assessment of carbon-focused LCA in green building design and performance (posting #2019-22)

This project involves reviewing policies, standards, regulations and tools pertaining to lifecycle cost analyses used in green building planning and design. Examples include the City of Vancouver’s Green Building Policy for Rezoning, CAGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard, LEED v4 Standard and Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings.

The successful candidate will draft recommendations for the use of LCAs in UBC institutional buildings to improve their environmental performance. This study will help inform the creation of a future carbon-focused LCA methodology tailored for UBC. The results will also support the development of policies to measure, report and eventually reduce embodied carbon in campus buildings

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: architecture, engineering, applied science, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: building design, building lifecycle assessment, green building rating systems (e.g., LEED), zero carbon buildings, embodied impacts, etc.

Analyzing data to understand the impact of climate change on the forests around drinking water supply areas (posting #2019-28)

This project will be of interest to students familiar with BC forest ecology, conservation, forest pathology, or fire management. The project involves preparinging a comprehensive literature and dataset review, and reporting on anticipated implications for watershed forests and linkages to water quality as a result of climate change.

The work will contribute to Metro Vancouver’s long-term monitoring and adaptation strategy for the watershed forests as they relate to such factors as changes in species composition, land cover classification, local climate adaptation, and biotic and abiotic disturbance resistance and resilience.

The scholar’s work will also draw on the references and knowledge gained from a 2016 scholar’s project Drought, wildfire, and climate change in Metro Vancouver’s water supply area

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Forestry

Ideal for students with the following research interests: forest ecology, biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification, conservation, forest pathology, fire management, GIS, etc.

Improving the understanding of ground-level ozone formation and exposure (posting #2019-36)

The focus of this project is to identify and synthesize recent research on ground-level ozone, including ozone formation in the Lower Fraser Valley, B.C., and the Pacific Northwest; expected impact of increasing temperature on ozone formation; emergent emission sources; new techniques or information to identify appropriate ozone background; and, ozone reduction strategies in other jurisdictions.

Ideal candidates are researching or familiar with air quality and/or ozone chemistry and have a good understanding of air quality in general.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; Resources, Management and Environment Studies; SCARP; Environmental Engineering; Public Policy; Population and Public Health

Ideal for students with the following research interests: air quality, ozone formation, ozone chemistry, etc.

Evaluate an exercise prescription program to support mental wellbeing at UBC Okanagan (posting #2019-40)

The work for this project takes place in Kelowna and involves development of a literature review and implementation of a plan to evaluate an exercise prescription program at UBC-O. The work includes developing the evaluation plan and submitting it for ethics approval. The Scholar will also be involved in developing a knowledge translation tool to be shared with other universities and colleges interested in implementing an exercise prescription program at their institutions.

The preferred candidate is a strong researcher, has a demonstrated interest in health and wellbeing, is comfortable doing stakeholder research and engagement, and has excellent communication skills.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: health science, social sciences, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: health and wellbeing, exercise for wellbeing, behaviour change

Pilot and Assess a Community Resilience Framework (posting #2019-41)

Note: we are accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled or until midnight Sunday March 24, 2019 (whichever comes first).

This project involves piloting, testing, and assessing the effectiveness of a community resilience framework that was developed by a Sustainability Scholar last year. The successful candidate will identify how best to incorporate the framework and assessment tool into three key community engaged learning programs, and help build the staff at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning understand both the overall tenets of the framework and assessment tool and how to utilize it in the planning and evaluation of their work. The work may also include presentations, workshops or the development of resources.

The successful candidate is familiar with evaluation and measurement frameworks, has community engagement experience, is familiar with conducting focus group research.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: SCARP, education, social sciences, Public Policy, etc.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: social sustainability, community engaged learning, measurement and evaluation, etc.

Research on best practices to encourage energy-efficient renovations in multifamily dwellings (posting #2019-48)

This project explores planning policy and practises that encourage owners of stratified residential (condominium) and purpose-built rental buildings to undertake voluntary building envelope upgrades to thermal performance and/or mechanical fuel-switching (replacement of gas with heat pump mechanical equipment).

The successful candidate will conduct research on North American planning policies and practices that encourage building energy and emissions retrofits, including incentives. The project also involves conducting a review of the City of Vancouver bylaws and policies identified as major barriers to retrofit. This work will include doing interviews with City of Vancouver staff, design and building professionals and building owners.

The ideal Scholar is a strong writer and researcher interested in municipal policy and is familiar with creating civic policy through their studies or past work experience.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: SCARP, IRES.

Ideal for students with the following research interests: policy, deepening the carbon reduction impact of buildings through retrofit programs

Dealing with dirt: Feasibility study on other uses for excavated soil to keep it out of the landfill (posting #2019-54)

This project involves preparing a feasibility study to explore soil-repurposing options to reduce the amount of soil going into the Vancouver Landfill.

The successful Scholar will review the current tonnage flow of soil to the Vancouver Landfill and compile and review the composition and characteristics of the soils currently stockpiled there. The project includes conducting a literature review to identify factors and criteria to include in a feasibility analysis of soil repurposing options. The feasibility analysis criteria will be validated and weighted through interviews with Zero Waste and Resource Recovery Division staff at the City of Vancouver. The final deliverables, among other things, include descriptions and recommendations on approaches for repurposing the existing stockpile of soils at the Landfill.

The preferred candidate has strong analytical skills, is organized and good at meeting deadlines, is familiar with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and analysis, and is familiar with benchmarking methods and tools.

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Sauder, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc

Ideal for students with the following research interests: solid waste management, agriculture, horticulture, Soil Science, etc.

Best practices research and business case to support renewable energy use in commercial kitchens (posting #2019-63)

This project involves developing a business case for the transition from gas cooking appliances to induction cooktops, and to gauge the interest of key culinary schools to make the transition.

The successful candidate will research, document and engage the culinary and restaurant industry in better understanding the challenges, benefits and potential pathways to adoption of induction cooking. Project work also includes developing an initial high-level costing model for an example Culinary Art school retrofit (including elements such as induction cooking equipment cost, reorganization of kitchen space, new pans and ancillary equipment, and curriculum development/integration), and production of a business case and recommendations on next steps

Ideal for students in the following disciplines/faculties: Applied Science, engineering, clean energy engineering, public policy, architecture, SCARP, geography, urban design

Ideal for students with the following research interests: urban design, heat pumps, building energy systems, etc.

 

Hello!

I still have some Sustainability Scholars internship opportunities available for this summer. Could I ask you to share this announcement with grad students in your networks? We are accepting applications for one of the projects on a rolling basis until it is filled, but the others close on March 24.

Further information on the available internship projects can be found on our Student Opportunities web page.

If you have any questions about the program or projects, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your support!

Best,

Karen

Call for Applications – More Sustainability Scholars internships available

The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded sustainability internship projects.

We are currently accepting applications for several internships that will commence April 29. Current UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply.

Successful candidates will work under the mentorship of a partner organization, and are immersed in real world learning where they can apply their research skills and contribute to advancing organizational sustainability goals. Each Scholar receives $21 per hour to complete 250 hours of work.

If you have already submitted applications for the opportunities that closed February 25, you are welcome to apply to these ones as well. Note that if you originally applied for any of the projects that have been reposted, your application is still being considered. However, feel free to use this opportunity to revise your application/cover letter to more explicitly describe how your skills match the requirements of the position.

Further information on the available internship projects can be found on our Student Opportunities web page. Except where noted, applications close at midnight Sunday March 24.

We also appreciate your help in circulating this notice to anyone in your grad student network that may be interested!

Karen Taylor 

Program Manager | UBC Sustainability Initiative
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Room 2343, 2260 West Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 822-9362 | karen.taylor@ubc.ca | www.sustain.ubc.ca 

 

 

Sunday, March 24, 2019