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
Cef Haligva, Sonny Nagra, Jeffry Yoslim Land & Building Services: Lee Ferrari CHBE 484 Climate, Energy, Land, Materials Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. Xiaotao Bi 2005-2006 PDF
Katherine Andersson, Melanie Chow, Reisha Harper, Mavis Lee, Jessica Ou Yang, Marini Sutrisno, Eugene Wu Campus & Community Planning: Linda Moore, Joe Stott AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Elander Yee Har Yeung, Ken Steven Ng, Linda Shin Ling Cheng, Maureen Wilson, Nobuo Gondo, Silvie Silvie, Steven Michael Lammers Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Alissa Cullum, Bianca Gunther, Emilia Ristaniemi UBC Sustainability: Laura Madera GEOG 472 Community, Land Geography: Prof. Sally Hermansen 2005-2006 PDF
Wendy Chan, Anne Fuller, Lauchlan Jankola, Monique Miles, Rebecca Obedkoff, Karen Sam, Jill Wallace Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Anna Magera UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr, Piyush Sahay, Dorothy Yip; AMS Food & Beverage: Nancy Toogood BIOL 448 Biodiversity, Food, Procurement Fisheries Centre: Dr. Amanada Vincent 2005-2006 PDF
Rachel Bystrom, Crystal Dow, Ryan Hunt, Surlinna Lee, Meiyen Lum Min, Krilen Ramanaidu, Robin Turner Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2005-2006 PDF
Matthew Christensen, Sean Hearle, Leif Norrgard, Darren Schwartz Land & Building Services: Lee Ferrari, John Metras, Chemical Engineering: Norman Woo MECH 457 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Steven Rogak, Prof. Jon Mikkelsen, Dr. Nimal Rajapakse 2004-2005 PDF
Renu Bawa, Bonnie Chu, Monique Gobes, Eun-Ae Lee, Linda Nguyen, Flora Sproule, Kathleen Yau AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Robert Thor Haraldsson, Lisa Parker, Erin Upton Campus & Community Planning: Patrick McIssac; Land & Building Services: David Smith LARC 415 Biodiversity, Land, Water School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture: Patrick Mooney 2004-2005 PDF

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