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


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


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.


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


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.

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Zihao Chen, Enyu Gu, Mingda Han, Jiachen Hu, Chen Wu, Jiehang Wu Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Lia Newman, Robert (Robbie) Lockyer, Shea McConkey, Severine Renard, Savannah Gladstone UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau GEOG 371 Biodiversity, Community Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2017-2018 PDF
Lauren Ensworth, Jordan Hum, Christopher Ly, Gurleen Minhas, Rachel Simpson, Emily Speidel Equity Office: Adeline Huynh KIN 465 Community, Wellbeing School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education: Janna Taylor 2017-2018 PDF
Alexander Kingsland, Lauren Priest, Ebod Shojaei, Julian Villafuerte Diaz Alma Mater Society: Marium Hamid; Alma Mater Society: Joshua Kriesel LFS 450 Community, Food, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2017-2018 PDF
Irving Colin, Erin Gordon, Meaghan Henderson, Wolvi Menezes, Dorothy Mung, Chenyangzhi (Wendy) Pan, Jeremy Scott Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Will Crolla, Carla Frier, Bethany Wat, Pilar Chow Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser GEOG 371 Community, Procurement, Waste Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2017-2018 PDF
Marko Gavric, Dannen Johnstone, Manjoth Kandola, Emily Lee, Jackie Lin, Jackson Liu University Neighborhoods Association: Qiuning Wang, Kathryn Wong KIN 465 Community, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Janna Taylor 2017-2018 PDF
Leonardo Nicoletti Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle UFOR 401 Buildings, Climate, Energy Forestry, Faculty of: Sara Barron, Cecil Konijnendijk 2017-2018 PDF
Ashley Bednar, Caohan (William) Cui, Uuriintuya (Vee) Ganbold, Yuhang Ge, Jong Jae (Jay) Lee, Amiteshveer Mann, Rojohn Torres Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Jericho Bankston, Sara Duffin, Jaldhi Gohil, Josh Harvey, Xue Li, Julia Lorimer, Xiadong Meng, Samaneh Gharedaghi Mollahajloo, Pauline Moskal, Elnaz Moftakhari Kamrani Nejad, Lisa Nq, Jan Rodriguez, Derek Wong, Feng Wu, Shiyu Wu, Wenwen Zhuang Campus + Community Planning: Neal LaMontagne; Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle; Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn LARC 582E Biodiversity, Buildings, Waste School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Daniel Roehr 2017-2018 PDF