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.

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.


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.

Tabinda Shah Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty FRST 449 Biodiversity, Buildings, Land Forestry, Faculty of: Susan Day 2018-2019 PDF
Mariana Berlanga, Christine Bowden, Tylar Campbell, Jin (Eva) Wang, Tianqi Zou University Neighborhoods Association: Wegland Sit LFS 450 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Zoë Anderson, Lauren Barnett, Callie Berlet, Abigayil (Abbie) Bourchier-Willans, Emma Vadot, Celine Tardif Athletics & Recreation: Jayne Blank; Equity Office: Rachael Sullivan KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Jennifer Fenton; Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2018-2019 PDF
Sean Bailey, Nidah Dara, Emily Johnson, Jose Wong Cok Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay; Campus + Community Planning: Matthew Roddis PLAN 526 Community, Land, Transportation : Daniel Ross; School of Community and Regional Planning: Clare Mochrie; School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel; School of Community and Regional Planning: Erick Villagomez 2018-2019 PDF
Ali Fakhri, Anthony Gonzalez, Dennis Wu, Harry Liu, Isaac Guld, Patrick Zhang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Gabriela Garcia Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle; Campus + Community Planning: John Madden (C+CP); Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Tugce Conger VOL 400 Biodiversity, Climate, Water School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Kees Lokman 2018-2019 PDF
Rachel Chew, Emily Chin, Jessica Wong Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Jeremy Scott; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Kerensa Wotton LFS 450 Food, Procurement, Waste Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Ruby Carrico, Philip (Phil) Climie, Ren Roberts, Arden Streib, Christopher (Chris) Cardinal, Jenna Hildebrand, Nicole Cardinal Campus + Community Planning: Shiloh Bouvette PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Faraneh Nouraei, Janani Gunasegaran Surender, Parvindokht Asadi, Merriam Vahidi, Rashmin Sorathiya Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn HPB 501 Buildings, Health, Wellbeing : Karen Lai; Campus + Community Planning: John Madden (C+CP) 2018-2019 PDF
Sandeep Arcot, Justin DeSiena, Tarek Ghoul, Christopher (Chris) Irish, Matthew Munk, Jing Yu (Jimmy) Zhang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF