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
Kosta Sainis Campus & Community Planning: David Grigg CHBE 494 Biodiversity, Land, Water Chemical & Biological Enginneering: Dr. Royann Petrell 2005-2006 PDF
Cornelia Chan, Linda Fu, Sarah Jackson, Venus Lee, Desiree Mensink, Ashley Sacks, Anja Vogt Campus Sustainability: Ruth Abramson, Waste Management: Pat Fitzgerald, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Building Operations: Heather Scholefield, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Winnie Chan, Kevin To UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr CHBE 484 Finance, Food, Materials Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. Xiaotao Bi 2005-2006 PDF
Sally Cheung, Abigail Flint, Justine Greenwood, Amelia Lee, Riska Ngudjiharto, Justine Sing, Becky Wolverton Campus Sustainability: Ruth Abramson, Waste Management: Pat Fitzgerald, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Building Operations: Heather Scholefield, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Marc Dench, Jordanna Fraser-Marinoske, Rushab Jhaveri, Vijay Keswani, Yang Wu UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Roxana Quinde MBA 500 Food, Land Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan 2005-2006 PDF
Jacqueline Clarke, Jordanna Fraser, Glen Garrick, Miguel Gonzalez, Katherine Max, Dixie Quintanilla Land & Food Systems: Mark Bomford MBA 500 Community, Land Saunder School of Business: Prof. Ron Cenfetelli 2005-2006 PDF
Karen Cheung, Mairi Graves, Clarine Lau, Teddy Ng, Ashley Simmons, Anastasia Winardi, Anna Wren Campus & Community Planning: Linda Moore, Joe Stott AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Laura Chan, Jeff Friedrich, Katie Garthwaite, Sundeep Khakh, Sarah Morrison, Meredith Seeton Campus & Community Planning: Linda Moore, Joe Stott AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Carolina Guimaraes, Rob Littlejohn UBC Properties Trust: Matthew Carter, Laurin Thompson COMM/ECON 400 Community, Land, Water Economics: Dr. Gordan Munro 2005-2006 PDF
Virginia Barraza, Tricia Daykin, Pheona Ho, Wendy Liu, Aleksandra Picklak, Capella Tong, Liang Shou Zhou Campus & Community Planning: Linda Moore, Joe Stott AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF

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