Welcome to the SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program. SEEDS creates applied research and interdisciplinary partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community partners to advance sustainability ideas, policies, and practices and create societal impacts by using the Campus as a Living Laboratory.
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
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Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
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Mona Ghiam Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Collin Varner BIOL 448 Biodiversity, Climate Botany, Department of: Santokh Singh 2018-2019 PDF
Emily Ding, Connor Ferster, Taylan Jarvis, Sarah Nhung, Jamie Rodstrom, Evan Schaffer Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Tanvir Bhangle, Peggy Chen, Gabriel Leung, Colin Phang, Brenna Wong, Nicole Woodward Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Rachel Blundon, Olivia Light, Isabelle Philpott, Alexander (Alex) Ye UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; UBC Food Services: David Speight LFS 450 Food, Procurement, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
An Qi (Emily) Liu, Emily Keeley, Daniel Bissonnette, Patricia Lee : Kate Higham; : Shakti Ramkumar; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron LFS 450 Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Bao Xian (Amy) Zeng, Emily Peer-Groves, Janela Sanqui, Liwen Ling UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau LFS 450 Biodiversity, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Mariana Berlanga, Christine Bowden, Tylar Campbell, Jin (Eva) Wang, Tianqi Zou University Neighborhoods Association: Wegland Sit LFS 450 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Rachel Chew, Emily Chin, Jessica Wong Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Jeremy Scott; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Kerensa Wotton LFS 450 Food, Procurement, Waste Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Sara Kozicky UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; VP Students: Natasha Moore VOL 500 Community, Food, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Jennier Black 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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