Nestled on a forested cliff overlooking ocean and mountains, Green College offers UBC graduate students and other resident members a unique home in a community committed to advanced interdisciplinary inquiry, while also extending an invitation to non-residents from all walks of life to join them in the passionate pursuit of ideas.
The College was founded in 1993, thanks to a gift from Dr. Cecil H. Green, and has formal ties with Green Templeton College, a sister institution at Oxford University also endowed by Cecil Green, and with Massey College at the University of Toronto. Dr. Green’s vision was to create an environment hospitable to constructive thinking, where new ideas and friendship are nurtured, and where the wider community engages with all that UBC has to offer. To that end, the College offers a wide array of public lectures and events, in a setting ideally suited to free and convivial interchange.
Green College is more than just a home to selected graduate students and postdoctoral scholars while they are working at UBC; it is an intellectual community of scholars and intellectuals stretching around the world, including hundreds of former residents, associated faculty, and distinguished visitors.
Your gift to Green College will support the programming that makes Green College an inspiring collaborative community that enables scholars to transcend the limits of discipline-specific study, resulting in new ways of thinking that have the power to change the world.
Green College Society Funds
The “Green College Society” is the worldwide association of (current and former) resident and non-resident members, advisory board members, faculty and staff members, distinguished visitors, guests and friends of the College. There are three funds under this heading, launched and supported by those with the long-term flourishing of the College and its members at heart:
Green College Society (General) Fund
This fund assists core community-building activities of the College and the larger College Society, be they academic, artistic, cultural, recreational, or public outreach.
This endowment honours the memory of founding Principal of Green College Richard Ericson (1948-2007), world-renowned criminologist and sociologist. The inaugural Ericson Lecture, held in 2011, was presented by Andrew Coyne, National Editor of Maclean’s magazine.
Principal’s Special Fund – Green College
This fund assists resident members of the College who encounter financial difficulties.
Cecil H. and Ida Green Endowed Lectures Fund
Cecil and Ida Green were world leaders in educational philanthropy who spent their lifetimes advancing science, industry, medicine and education. The Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship, established in 1972 with public lectures by Nobel Prize recipient Gerhard Herzberg, has brought over 175 distinguished scholars from outside of British Columbia to Vancouver.