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.

Norman Chow, Yuehan Ding, Michael Lee Health Safety & Environment: Bang Dang, Ray Hryciuk, Ivan Leversage, Anita MacDonald CHBE 484 Materials, Waste Chemical & Biological Engineering: Prof Xiatao Bi, Prof. Madjid Mohseni 2004-2005 PDF
Ruffo Diaz, Jessica Lawson, George Lee, Mikio Matsuo, Vivian Wang AMS Food & Beverage: Nancy Toogood, Elena Cossover MBA 500 Community, Food Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan 2004-2005 PDF
Michelle Anami, Doris Cheung, Lindsey Fox, Briony Martens, Natalie Van Veelen, Delara Salehi, Kelsey Wolfe Campus & Community Planning: Karly Henney AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Mike Apperley, Geoffrey Kaprowy, Brodie Prescott, Thomas Lin Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Claire Barnes, Rose Chan, Yuk-Sing Cheng, Laura Fleming, Clare Hacksel, Flecia Haider, Natalie Hillary, Vikki Ireland, Lori Leung, Barry Lochrie, Jennifer Lupichuk, Sherilyn Pickering, Anthony Sage, Rick Vugtereen, Esther Whang Campus Security: Bruce Lovell, Steve Bohnen, Emmet Russell ANSO 302 Community Anthropology & Sociology: Dr. Patricia Kachuk 2004-2005 PDF
Amanda Brown, Antonin van der Lely, Camilo Cortes, Eileen Leung, Fung Lam, Liz Overton, Muneera Hussain Campus & Community Planning: Karly Henney AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Conrad Brander, Dallin Brooks, Bryan Davis, Lori Sinayov, Anteneh Tesfaye Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Emily Adlparvar, Marie Bruchet, Danielle Dodd, Joanna Irvine, Tim Leung, Julien Powell, Kara Vogt Campus & Community Planning: Karly Henney AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Maggie Baynham, Jill Dalton AMS Food & Beverage: Nancy Toogood GRS 397A Food, Land, Materials, Transportation, Waste Land & Food Systems: Dr. Brent Skura 2004-2005 PDF
Amil Alidina, Alfred Chau,, Arnold Fok, Angela Lai,, Amelia MacRae, Renata Rzyski, Joanne Willis Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Greg Rekken , AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF