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
Community
Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
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
Aina Crozier Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Energy and Water: Blair Antcliffe CIVL 592F Buildings, Water Civil Engineering: Steven Weijs; School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 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
Daniel Adria, Mark Andruk, Behrad Keshavarz, Aaron Klemets, Benjamin Loewen, Geoffrey Wright Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Vivian Yong Wen Hau, Ka Hei (Rachel) Siu UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Douglas Justice; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau GEOB 472 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Geography, Department of: Sally Hermansen 2017-2018 PDF
Philip Bertogg, Tovi Sanhedrai, Cameron Tough Campus + Community Planning: John Madden; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau SCIE 420 Biodiversity Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Gunilla Oberg 2017-2018 PDF
Lorena Polovina Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn CIVL 492 Buildings, Health, Materials School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Greg Johnson 2017-2018 PDF
Maria Albitar, Janz Arqueza, Klassen Mok, Ruddy Ndina, Jeremy Tse, Yu Yu (James) Lee Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445 Community, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2017-2018 PDF
Tina Huang, Puneet Khurana, Martha Priscila Santos, Gabriela García-Jurado Velázquez Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo BA 532 Community, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Murali Chandrashekaran 2017-2018 PDF

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