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
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Ivana Zelenika Campus + Community Planning: Ralph Wells; Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: John Robinson; UBC Properties Trust: Slavica Kosmajac; University Neighborhoods Association: Carol Bassingthwaighte, Calvin Cheung, Laura Cottle; Linda Quamme, Wegland Sit, Cheryl Taunton, Ian Young RES 699 Buildings, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Lauren Stoneburner, Yusi (Catherina) Zhang, Bella (Ruiqi) Yu, Samrudh Pai Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory; Campus + Community Planning: John Madden BA 532 Biodiversity, Climate, Land : Jose Puppim de Oliveira; Sauder School of Business: Murali Chandrashekaran 2017-2018 PDF
Emma Cunningham, Liz Gallipeau, Paul Hacker, Priya Joshi, Amanda Leslie, Gary Pinneo, Lauren Tekano UBC Botanical Gardens: Beryl Zhang VOL 500 Biodiversity, Land Forestry, Faculty of: Trevor Jones 2017-2018 PDF
Vincent Chiu, Gabriel (Gabe) Johnstone, Hang (Simon) Ren, Jiayun Zeng, Shiruo Zhang UBC Sustainability Initiative: Tim Herron; Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf PSYC 321 Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Deacon Thornberry, Judith Yeo, Mahesh Nandwani, Samana Taqvi, Hexinyuan (Stacy) Lu Enrolment Services: Cara Low; Enrolment Services: Heather Mitchell COMM 486M Community, Finance, Health, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Mary Connolly 2017-2018 PDF
Jordan Cheng, Oiuna Garmaeva, Minhao (Kevin) Gu, Andy Hsu, Jilin (James) Song, Ziyi (Carol) Zhuang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Isabella Brohman, Haruka Higo, Joshua Rualo, Tamara (Tammy) Kelderman, Tao Sun Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf PSYC 321 Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Eddison Ng, John Duncan, Michelle Sieklucki, Xiaotong (Yvonne) Xue, Yi-Chia (Zoe) Lin Enrolment Services: Cara Low; Enrolment Services: Heather Mitchell COMM 486M Community, Finance, Health, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Mary Connolly 2017-2018 PDF
Jordan Cheng, Oiuna Garmaeva, Minhao (Kevin) Gu, Andy Hsu, Jilin (James) Song, Ziyi (Carol) Zhuang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Anna MacLellan, Kun Li, Wei Zeng, Lei Wu, Ning Hu :Hélène Frohard-Dourlent; Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf PSYC 321 Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF

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