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
Paige Barkowsky, Mikaia Roberts, Christie Stewart, Ana Zelembaba : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Sydney Lowe, Ashpreet Athwal, Agang Tema, Xi (Lilian) Wen Yue, Alyssa Allan, Fang-Wen Wu Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Andrea Byfuglien; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Climate, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Alan Ehrenholz, Eric Rothfels, Erik Bonderud, Karin Huang, Chien Yu (Monica) Liu, Trevor Jones Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Mona Ghiam Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Collin Varner BIOL 448 Biodiversity, Climate Botany, Department of: Santokh Singh 2018-2019 PDF
Abigail (Abby) Arambarri, Pahul Gupta, Spencer Lam, Zachary Lee : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Brandon Forys, Xiong-Jie (Aaron) Zhuo, Cheng (Quinn) Liu, Chaoyi (Lyra) Shi, Johannes (Jo) Hernanto Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Andrea Byfuglien; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Climate, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Emily Ding, Connor Ferster, Taylan Jarvis, Sarah Nhung, Jamie Rodstrom, Evan Schaffer Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Rui Ando, Meagan Chow, Louisa Tsang, Calvin Pihoc, Tiffany Trinh : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Jiaao Li, Wing Yi (Joyce) Pang, Jingwen Duan, Ju Won (Kathy) Lee, Kelly Kam, Jiayi Ding Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Andrea Byfuglien; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Tanvir Bhangle, Peggy Chen, Gabriel Leung, Colin Phang, Brenna Wong, Nicole Woodward Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF

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