Founded in 1993 as a centre for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship, Green College provides accommodation for 82 graduate students, 16 postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars, five short-term visitors, and the principal. There are also graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, visiting scholar and faculty members who participate in college life but do not take up residence. Members are chosen on the basis of excellence, interdisciplinary interests and receptiveness, and their commitment to involve themselves in the life of the college.
The college was made possible through a generous gift from Dr. Cecil H. Green with matching funds from the Province of British Columbia.
Green College provides both informal and formal forums for intellectual exchange among graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, alumni and people from the wider Vancouver community. It also provides superb residential and social facilities, which are integral to building a vibrant intellectual community. It is a community where communications are direct, open, trusting and reciprocal, and where differences of ideas, interests and identities-are not only accommodated, but celebrated and used to enhance College life.