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


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.

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
Xi Chao, Wenzhan Chen, Yanshan Jin, Zheyu Lu, Zixuan Xue, Ruifang Yang Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Cheryl-lee Madden Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty APBI 497B Biodiversity, Food, Land Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Sumeet Gulati 2017-2018 PDF
Devon Harlos Campus + Community Planning: Neal LaMontagne; Campus + Community Planning: Scot Hein; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay PLAN 528A Buildings, Community, Land School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel 2017-2018 PDF
Leo Belanger, Sanika Bhide, Jan Evangelista, Max Hollingworth, Mahir Tuli Irving K. Barber Learning Centre: Julie Mitchell; UBC Library: Sandra Wilkins EECE 400/409/419/429/439/469 Energy, Health, Wellbeing Electrical and Computer Engineering: Paul Lusina 2017-2018 PDF
Joma Abella, Aldin Agustin, Zoe Athans, Kelvin Chen, Matthew Cheung, Anson Lau Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Carolina Sanchez Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Faculty of Science: Fiona Beaty; Faculty of Science: Kaleigh Davis; Geography, Department of: Dominika Ziemczonek; Sustainability and Engineering: Aaron Bichard VOL 400 Food, Procurement, Waste Geography, Department of: Simon Donner 2017-2018 PDF
Malin Ek Campus + Community Planning: Ralph Wells; RDH Consulting: Brittany Coughlin; Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium: Stephen Sobie; Pacific CLimate Impacts Consortium: Trevor Murdock VOL 500 Buildings, Climate, Energy Civil Engineering: Thomas Froese; Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Belgin Terim Cavka 2017-2018 PDF
Edgardo Flores, Yogesh Garg, Jillian Howell Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle BA 532 Community, Energy, Water Sauder School of Business: Murali Chandrashekaran 2017-2018 PDF
George Hill, Max Leung, Mackenzie Lubberding, Tamara McPherson, Andrew Stewart Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF