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
Edward Chang, Nicole Nauss, Yi Lin (Ellie) Rui, Samuel Sutter, Manlin (Lynette) Yao Enrolment Services: Cara Low; Enrolment Services: Heather Mitchell COMM 486M Community, Finance, Health, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Mary Connolly 2017-2018 PDF
Jane Ho Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory; Campus + Community Planning: John Madden UFOR 401 Biodiversity, Land Forestry, Faculty of: Sara Barron, Cecil Konijnendijk 2017-2018 PDF
Sima Nuri, Tovi Sanhedrai UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; UBC Food Services: David Speight GEOB 472 Health, Procurement, Wellbeing Geography, Department of: Sally Hermansen 2017-2018 PDF
Peter Bow, Zain Alansari, Shahil Shah Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf PSYC 321 Buildings, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Tin Chak (Paul) Lam, Tanya Sharma, Joel Whittemore, Kimberly Wong, Qiuling (Charlene) Xia Enrolment Services: Cara Low; Enrolment Services: Heather Mitchell COMM 486M Community, Finance, Health, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Mary Connolly 2017-2018 PDF
Saki Aono, Chris Mah, Sasha Van Stavel Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner, Carole Jolly, Gerry McGeough, Neal LaMontagne, Adam Hyslop, Joanne Proft PLAN 526 Community, Land, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Clare Mochrie; School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel; School of Community and Regional Planning: Erick Villagomez 2017-2018 PDF
Tsui Hei (Marisa) Chan, Jenny Xu, Sara Tan, Pui Hang Chow Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser PSYC 321 Community, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF
Ramnik Bhullar, Emilie Gibeau, Daylan Robertson, Minjia Zhan, Wen Zhang Enrolment Services: Cara Low; Enrolment Services: Heather Mitchell COMM 486M Community, Finance, Health, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Mary Connolly 2017-2018 PDF
Sarah Eshpeter Forestry, Faculty of: Cecil Konijnendijk FRST 548 Biodiversity, Land School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: John Madden 2017-2018 PDF
Yi Jun (Phoebe) Xiao, Yunxia Lin, Yihan Wang, Weilun Sun UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Food, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2017-2018 PDF

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