Calvin Sandborn

Adjunct professor
Legal Director of the Environmental Law Centre


Calvin Sandborn

Calvin Sandborn


Tel: 250-472-5248


Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2
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Calvin Sandborn has practiced environmental law for over 25 years as counsel for West Coast Environmental Law Association, the Farmworkers Legal Services Project and the Forest Practices Board of British Columbia. He has extensive experience in both environmental litigation and successful lobbying for environmental reform. He was an associate to Commissioner Stephen Owen during the historic Commissioner on Resources and Environment process.

He has published numerous newspaper articles calling for environmental reform. Sandborn drafted the first endangered species bill ever presented to the federal parliament in 1990. Among other things, he helped to successfully lobby for BC's first farm worker health and safety regulations, WCB coverage for farm workers, BC Hydro's Power Smart program, Vancouver's Integrated Pest Management policy, the provincial government requirement that producers of paints, solvents and pesticides dispose of the used containers, the provincial government's shift to a comprehensive pollution prevention policy, legislation to facilitate the operations of land trusts, and the banning of falcon harvesting. Professor Sandborn is the legal director of the Environmental Law Centre and teach Law 353 (Environmental Law Centre Clinic). In 2011, he was named an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria, and awarded the Andrew Thompson Award by West Coast Environmental Law – the province’s top award for Environmental Advocacy.

  • Preventing Toxic Pollution: Towards a British Columbia Strategy
  • Green Space and Growth: Conserving Natural Areas in BC Communities
  • A Citizen's Guide to the Environmental Appeal Board
  • Finding Common Ground
  • Law Reform for Sustainable Development in BC
  • Pocket Guide to British Columbia Law
  • Maintaining Natural BC for Our Children
  • Environmental Law Centre Clinic (LAW 353)