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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Madi Wood, Ibrahim Husain, Jenifer Wong, Bryan (Xu) Yan Theatre and Film: Deb Pickman, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery: Shelly Rosenblum BA 511 Community, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Zorana Svedic 2017-2018 PDF
Ali Zahedi, Brian Zhou, Candice Pang, Wenbo (Eric) Cui, Jjay Krishnan 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
Andrea Law, Minnie Ng, Ho Kwan (Neptune) Lee, Oscar Yu, Soo Jy (Theresa) Lee Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf PSYC 321 Buildings, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Tiffany Quon Campus + Community Planning: Mustafa Akhtar, Shiloh Bouvette VOL 400 Community, Wellbeing Art History, Visual Art and Theory: Manuel Pina 2017-2018 PDF
Julia Latuskie, Yuen (Yue) Peng, Yiyuan (Lena) Shen Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Municipal Services: Frank Crudo BA 511 Finance, Waste Sauder School of Business: Adam Pankratz 2017-2018 PDF
Yudong (Sony) Fu, Brennan Jay, Bradley Jenks, Virajyeshwar Mann, Jason Morden, Karm Poonian, Brian Tingley Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445 Community, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Aurore Duménil, Pauline Hoppenot, Thomas Janvier, Athena Kerins, Clara Leroy, Eden Luymes, Gautier Parthon de Von, Siegrid Remusat, Ming Zhang Alma Mater Society: Alex Dauncey, Marium Hamid ASTU 360 Community, Health, Wellbeing Anthropology, Department of: Kerry Greer; 2017-2018 PDF
Kerry Shaw Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn; Energy and Water: Blair Antcliffe; Facilities Planning: Steven Lee APPP 506 Buildings, Community, Energy Chemical and Biological Engineering: Vladan Prodanovic 2017-2018 PDF
Queena Chung, Jamie Kwong, Shara Marchand, John Tseng, Joy Wong UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; Vice President, Students: Heather Quigley FNH 473 Community, Health, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2017-2018 PDF