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.

Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity

Inspiring the next generation of students to work on the interconnected global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by co-creating student-led, inclusive, and demand-driven research.

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
Jiaojiao Han, Meihua Huang, Tin-Yung Niu, David Ramsay, Vincent Quenneville Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham PSYC 321 Buildings, Health, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Paulina Buskas, Julia Dunlop, Daniel Luo, Wesley Prahalad, Steven Rintoul, Luthfi Subagio Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Timothy Luk, Emilia Oscilowicz, Wonjun Cho, Jean Roe, Jorge Soler Cruz, Tru Taylor Theatre and Film, Department of: Deb Pickman PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Salome Sane, Salome Sane, Amanda Tran, Angela Bebek, Evan Yu Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser GEOG 371 Health, Water, Wellbeing Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2018-2019 PDF
Matthew (Matt) Blacklaws, Quincy Brozo, Jocelyn Dayal, Hoi Lam (Karen) Tam, Andrea Villanueva : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Susanna Chen, Junxian (David) He, Kieran Morton, Jingwei (Emily) Xiong, Stevan Vicentijevic Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn EECE 400/409/419/429/439/469 Biodiversity, Buildings Electrical and Computer Engineering: Paul Lusina 2018-2019 PDF
Kangseo (James) Lee, Jason Angustia, Anucha (Nan) Suwanchotsiri, Xu Xin Liu, Zizheng Han, Alfred Lewis Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Sean Reisman Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn; Sustainability and Engineering: Alex Taciuk PLAN 550 Buildings, Climate, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 2018-2019 PDF
Sean Cameron, Eric Chung, Nahmo Mun, Isana Pilai, Brian Tan Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt GEOG 371 Health, Water, Wellbeing Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser 2018-2019 PDF
Cheyenne Ryan, Maddison Penn, Nicklas (Nick) Patterson, Ty Barbieri, Ty Holtan : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF

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