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Green College of the University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
January 15, 1996
Vol. III, p. 63

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Vert in base three bars wavy Or on a chief sapiné Or a roundel per pale embattled Argent and Vert between two open books Argent bound and clasped Vert;




Issuant from a circlet of roses Or alternating with dogwood flowers Argent two demi cougars respectant Or grasping a staff Vert flying therefrom to the sinister a banner Azure charged with a representation of the globe videlicet a sphere with lines of latitude and longitude Or;



The green field honours the surname of the founder and benefactor of Green College, Dr. Cecil Green. The fir tree-line is a reference to the beauty of the College’s forested setting and the wavy bars refer to its seaside location. The yellow is a reference to excellence and the light of knowledge. The open books symbolize the interchange of ideas and the bringing together of teachers, researchers, students and other experts into a multidisciplinary search for knowledge and understanding. This approach is represented by the interlocking disc.


This was suggested by Dr. Richard Ericson to recognize the philosophy behind the College and the experience of its residents.


The circlet of alternating yellow roses and white dogwood flowers links Dr. Green’s Texas residence and his work in British Columbia. The cougars, an animal native to the province, symbolize the men and women of the College community and continue the notion of a multidisciplinary approach to study and research. The international outreach activity involved in this approach is represented by the globe.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 23, 1996, in Volume 130, page 3279 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept by Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Joan Bouwmeester

Joan Bouwmeester

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