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
Sandy Cheung, Eleanor Ho, Roger Lam, Anna Magera, Windiani Safitri, Heather Thompson, Holly van Heukelom 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 2003-2004 PDF
Christine Chien, Erik Holbek, Natalie Noel, Scott Witbeck Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Paxton Bach, Geoff Bradley, Jonathan Choi Land & Food Systems: Doug Justice BIOL 352 Land Botany: Dr. Santokh Singh 2003-2004 PDF
Mandy Cheng, Sara Harrison, Andria Lam, Cristina Machial, Lena Syrovy, Diana Trang 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 2003-2004 PDF
Jordan Barlow, Morgan Kenneh, Kimberley LeDrew, Sarah Saddler Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Arlana Alkema, Danielle Chong, Ernie Huang, Cora Law, Jennifer Mak, Alanna Sakai, Patricia Vilaysane 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 2003-2004 PDF
Jane Lister, Yasuhiko Ogushi, Lydia Teh UBC Sustainability: Heather Scholefield, Freda Pagani RMES 500C Community Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Dr. Les Lavkulich 2003-2004 PDF
Elisa Armstrong, Yi Man Choy, Laila Hussein, Kathryn Leah, Loretta Massara, Meghan Sempowich 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 2003-2004 PDF
Mike Aldred, John McCormack, Greg Schaefer, Bill Schulte, Natalie Yu Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Carla Martin, Olivia Hui, Stephanie Walton, Judith Andrews, Krystal LeBreton, Cameron Scott 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 2003-2004 PDF

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