The Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Program creates partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community partners to learn together through research projects that are tested on campus, and applied in real-world settings.
Sparks collaborations across disciplines and organizations, and tests solutions to sustainability challenges using our Campus as a Living Lab
Enables research collaborations and enhances capacity to find sustainability solutions
Creates opportunities for students to earn course credit, develop professional skills and experience
Supports faculty to integrate applied research and sustainability into curriculum, and provide students with impactful learning experiences

Students

The SEEDS Sustainability Program provides an applied learning experience through collaboration with faculty members, staff, and community partners.

Faculty

Are you a UBC faculty member who’d like to integrate sustainability curriculum and align applied research projects with learning outcomes? Join our extensive network of partners on campus.

Staff and Community Partners

Do you need applied research to help inform your sustainability strategy? The SEEDS Sustainability Program brings UBC faculty, staff, and community partners together.

Featured Projects

SEEDS projects address a broad range of social, ecological, and economic sustainability issues. Since the program began, over 1,000 projects have been completed through 12 different faculties and schools.

UBC Food System Project

The UBC Food System Project is a collaborative, cross-campus initiative that brings together partners from teaching and learning, operations, and research to improve food systems.

CBIRD

The Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) is the first campus-wide initiative of its kind at a Canadian university.

About SEEDS

SEEDS is an internationally recognized and replicated program. Applied research projects advance social, ecological and economic sustainability through impactful community-based collaborations.

SEEDS Sustainability Library

The SEEDS Sustainability Library is a comprehensive repository of applied research and knowledge. It’s a key tool for decision makers. Open access applied research reports contribute to a body of knowledge, learning and action to ignite sustainability ideas, policies and practices, and enable the broader community to learn, apply and build on previous research.

Biodiversity
Buildings
Climate
Community
Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
Ramy Nassar Campus + Community Planning: Ralph Wells; UBC Properties Trust: Sean Ang; E3 Eco Group: Jacquelyne Fitchell APPP 506 Buildings, Climate, Energy None 2018-2019 PDF
Jacob George Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron APPP 506 Climate, Energy, Water Chemical and Biological Engineering: S. Alireza Bagherzadeh 2018-2019 PDF
Manvir (Mina) Sidhu, Karan Mehrotra, Kaiwen Hu Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Leith Blachford; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Colin Moore ECON 492 Finance, Food, Waste Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF
Sarah Cooper, Anvesha Dwivedi, Thomas (Matthew) Araneta, Marcus Bockhold : Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay ECON 492 Finance, Food, Waste Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF
Fernando Jimenez, Olga Unigovska, Hok Hin Ng Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay ECON 492 Finance, Transportation Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF
Salome Sane, Salome Sane, Amanda Tran, Angela Bebek, Evan Yu Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser GEOG 371 Health, Water, Wellbeing Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2018-2019 PDF
Sean Cameron, Eric Chung, Nahmo Mun, Isana Pilai, Brian Tan Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt GEOG 371 Health, Water, Wellbeing Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser 2018-2019 PDF
Brjen Rito, Bentley Tse, Christa Yeung Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory GEOG 371 Community, Land Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2018-2019 PDF
Thomas Black, Jenil Doshi, Pei-Ting (Alvin) Lin Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay ECON 492 Finance, Transportation Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF
Emma Burger, Stephane Lahaye, Jennifer Graham, Mylo Williamson, Suzanna Su, Jing Wen (Emily) Hou Sprouts: Maira Brondizio; Sprouts: Meryn Corkery; Sprouts: Grace Ovenden FNH 473 Food, Health, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2017-2018 PDF

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