Common Energy is the largest student run environmental initiative on campus, and works using a team based format. Members can join five different action teams, Events and Outreach, Food and Connections, Residence, Tangible Solutions, and Campaigns. These teams are overseen by the Steering Committee which guides the organization. Past achievements include getting UBC to develop an official UBC Climate Action Plan, helping to convince administration to pass the Sustainability Academic Strategy, convincing staff to install more water fountains, working as an organizing body of the new residence energy competitions, influencing the creation of the new Environment and Sustainability minor in the Faculty of Arts, and more.
UBC C350 focuses on action to promote action by UBC, the Provincial and Federal Government on climate change issues, with a focus on BC carbon exports. While not directly affiliated with the university, the club has a diverse membership of students and faculty. Past campaigns have included Storm the Riding, in which an army of volunteers went door to door in Premier Christie Clark’s Point Grey riding to spread information on British Columbia’s carbon exports and demand the Premier reject tar sands pipelines and other carbon exports. Currently they are calling on UBC to put an immediate freeze on new fossil fuel investments, and a promise of full divestment within five years.