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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Jason Abelson, Mica Doria, Matthew So, Alice Stelmachenko, Amanda Thornhill Equity Office: Rachael Sullivan KIN 465 Community, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Janna Taylor 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
Stefan Cvoric, Junnan (Jenna) Fan, Marissa Gibbard, Britney Lentz, Kelsey Moore, Lan Nguyen Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Katherine MacGregor; UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker FNH 473 Community, Food, Health Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2017-2018 PDF
Alexander Chung, Lean Lauron, Justin Ng, Adrian Yau, Aaron Yeung, Ye Zi Zhang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Michael McBurnie Building Operations: John Neumann; Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser PLAN 527A Finance, Land, Water School of Community and Regional Planning: Jordi Honey-Rosés 2017-2018 PDF
Ali Wagih, Yu Sun, Wemi Ade, Ziad Khalifa, Yanli Wang Alma Mater Society: Chris Hakim; Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill APSC 461 Buildings, Energy, Waste Mechanical Engineering: Paul Winkelman 2017-2018 PDF
Alexa Tucker, Hexuan (Gloria) Sun, Farivar Zargaran, Jielu (Seraph) Yu, Shannon Chau, Una Trevillian UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; UBC Food Services: David Speight FNH 473 Food, Health, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2017-2018 PDF
Gregory Gillis, Jackson Hamersley, Quinn Hardie, Damon Houston, Erica Mason, Sina Naseri, Sarah Power Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Michael McBurnie Building Operations: John Neumann; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Energy and Water Services: Joshua Wauthy PLAN 527A Buildings, Finance, Water School of Community and Regional Planning: Jordi Honey-Rosés 2017-2018 PDF
Aman Saxena, Guilio Pregnolato, Janani Murthy, Sri Apoorva Kota Alma Mater Society: Daniel Coculescu; Alma Mater Society: Michelle Marcus; Alma Mater Society: Sam Tuck APSC 461 Buildings, Food, Waste Mechanical Engineering: Paul Winkelman 2017-2018 PDF