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.

Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity

Inspiring the next generation of students to work on the interconnected global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by co-creating student-led, inclusive, and demand-driven research.

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
Barb De Cook, Parminder Dhudwal, Mignon Hackett, Catherine Mak, Kay Ng, Ildiko Toth, Izumi Wakaki Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Ada Cheung, Candy Cheung, Sapna Dilgir, Dallas Parsons, Jessica Robertson, Joyce Wong None AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Vivian Chan, Francis Gomez, Julie Lam, Helen Racic, Hong Sy, Jonathan Treloar, Suzanne Woolley AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Mairin Barclay, Shannon Cockburn, Amy Hsu, Chi Wai Lee, Kyla Reichmuth, Gary Tam, Mandy Young Infrastructure Development: John Metras, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Emily Cheung, Jennifer Gamel, Suzanne Idle, Janey Leung, Alison Richter, Yuliana Tedyatmadjaya, Holly Vivier UBC Food Services: Don Sannachan AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Vinci Ching, Paul Gazzola, Karen Juzkow, Kenrick Kan, Tina Lin, Caroline Wark, Eman Yeung Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food, Materials, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Peter Chiu, Katarina Glavas, Rema Khaul, Ivan Lau, Tracy Lo, Annie Rosen, Vojislav Trkulja Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink AGSC 450 Community, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Jia An Zu, Tabassum Firoz, Emily Kwan, Doris Lo, Cynthia Mak, Karyn Schnick, Sally Shum UBC Food Services: Laura Lowry AGSC 450 Community, Finance, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Alexandra Foldes, Grace Lau, Taya Maki, Dani Shahvarani, Gelaine Siu, Jonas Spring , Michelle Wan Sai Lui UBC Food Services: Josie Midha, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Grace Foo, Jenny Lau, Karen Lung, Sarah McNeil, Madeline Simpson, Michael Siu, Matthew Wong Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Finance, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF

Pages