Sustainability Living Lab Funding Program

The Sustainability Living Lab Funding program is a matching fund partnership between the Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) and Concordia University’s Office of Sustainability.

Each year $80,000 is available to  support teams of students, staff and/or faculty members in advancing projects that align with the university’s 5-year Sustainability Action Plan; it is an essential element that ties together key objectives of the Sustainability Action Plan. 

The aims of this funding opportunity are to; 

  • Provide experiential learning through internships, classroom projects and project implementation and learning outcomes.

  • Provide hands-on learning activities through leadership opportunities in event coordination & programming, workshops, employment and varied forms of engagement opportunities.  

  • Foster cross-disciplinary partnerships between faculty, staff and students for the purpose of utilising our campus and communities to incubate innovative solutions to sustainability challenges .

  • Empower community members to propose and implement projects that improve the sustainability of campus operations, foster community, and build thrive-able new futures 

Concordia University’s Sustainability Action Plan

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, SLLFP projects must meet the following criteria: 

  • Core project team must include at least 1 student 

  • Core project team must include at least 1 faculty and/or staff member 

  • Project must offer experiential learning opportunity to one or more students 

  • Project must address at least one of the 5 streams of the Sustainability Action Plan (Sustainable Food Systems; Zero Waste; Climate Action; Sustainability in Research; Sustainability in Curriculum)

  • Project must plan to have measurable outcomes* 

For more information, refer to the application process page or contact

Sustainability Living Lab Funded Projects

Diasporic Plant Wisdom

Diasporic Plant Wisdom is an intergenerational and intra-diasporic inititative that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and solidarity building among Indigenous and diasporic communities in Tio’Tia:ke / Montreal by sharing herbal medicine and food traditions. This is necessary because the effects of colonization and displacement have caused many communities to lose access to their ... Read more

Forêt Curieuse residency program

The research phase of this project, wherein Indigenous Elders, artists and scholars would be invited to partake in a two week residency experience at CUFO from July 1-14 2024 in order to build relationships with the non-human relations and with each other while practicing their craft. After this initial residency the Indigenous artists will lead a weekend program ... Read more

Nature Positive Concordia

This flagship project of Nature Positive Concordia seeks to transform the campus grounds through greatly increasing the number and diversity of native perennial plants while at the same time engaging with the community to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity. Establishing new pollinator gardens with educational signage identifying the plants and their ecological benefits, ... Read more

Mimi au Pays du Métal

The purpose of this film is not only to spark a conversation and call to action about gender dynamics, especially in a workplace, but also to engage in the deconstruction of the cinema industry’s stereotypes itself. This project is  committed to creating a productive learning environment on the film set, as well as a safe ... Read more

“and it’s just because I love you” QTBIPOC Artist Residency

‘-and it’s just because i love you’ is a month-long artist residency in partnership with Eastern Bloc and Cyber Love Hotel. The residency allows 6 QTBIPOC emerging artists and students to challenge themselves to create projects centered around love and intimacy; whether collective, individual, and/or ancestral. The residency will take place during the month of ... Read more


VOLITION, a 15-minute contemporary drama directed by Yzaïh Phénix-Alphonse, is a representation of Concordia University's commitment to sustainability through innovative storytelling, hands-on learning, and a dedication to social realism. The film revolves around the lives of two young black men, Desmond and Stiles, set against the vibrant backdrop of Montreal. Desmond, a talented filmmaker constrained ... Read more

JMAS Tax Clinic

The Tax clinic is an annual student-run event registered with the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Its purpose is to give back to the downtown Montreal community all while enhancing the student life at Concordia University. The majority of the individuals benefiting from our service come from a low-income bracket (many of them ... Read more

Concordia Underground Tours

Concordia Underground Tours is being rebooted with the support of SEIZE and QPIRG to provide an alternative, community-based tour to help newcomers find their place in the Concordia community. Many new students spend their first year or two simply trying to find things around campus; ways to get involved, cheap food and coffee, community events, ... Read more

Buckskin Babes Urban Hide Camp 2023

The Buckskin Babes Urban Moosehide Tanning Collective is a continuation of an immersive project that began in May of 2021 which centered around the reclamation of cultural practices for urban Indigenous peoples here in the city of Montreal. In the Spring of 2021 we collectively stretched and scraped two moose hides using traditional methods under ... Read more

Concordia University is leading an innovative research study called “Open Waste”, a multi-year study that deploys internet of things sensors in community-level waste management infrastructure to accelerate to zero waste targets and gain unprecedented insights into waste behaviours. We are seeking local and international partners to guide and support our research efforts. Why this is ... Read more