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
Brianne (Andrea) Oakunsheyld, Michael (Jake) Vissers, Jonathan Kew, Alexandra Heinen Campus + Community Planning: Shiloh Bouvette PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Mohammed Abdelaziz, Rongbing (Emma) Zhang, Suyog Likhite, Guanchu Liu, Salar Davari Karen Lai; Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn HPB 501 Buildings, Health, Materials Campus + Community Planning: John Madden (C+CP) 2018-2019 PDF
Megan Clarke, Yu-Chieh (Mimi) Kao, Kathy Ma, Levania Zefanya, Alison Quinlan, Yi Lam Ian (Ian) Tang VP Students: Natasha Moore FNH 473 Community, Food, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2018-2019 PDF
Samantha Lee-Wardell, Melissa Lin, Chieh (Jeff) Sha, Alene Wong Building Operations: Clayton McMullen; Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle ENVR 400 Biodiversity, Land, Water Manuela Hayn; Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of: Tara Ivanochko; Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of: Michael Lipsen 2018-2019 PDF
Laura Chow, Hayston Lam, Mark Poskitt, Sean Reisman, Ryah Rondolo, Elvia Sanchez Santa Cruz Campus + Community Planning: Shiloh Bouvette PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Xin Yua Chua, Victoria Janzen, Daniel Lai, Iris Lopez Ramirez, Sincere Tse, Stephanie Yam UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; VP Students: Natasha Moore FNH 473 Community, Food, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2018-2019 PDF
Alicia Geng, Adrian Hardjojo, Christine Janusz, Jacomie Strydom, Sarah Walters, Emily Yuen Hillary Stevens FNH 473 Food, Health, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2018-2019 PDF
Shareen Chin Louise Griep; Equity Office: Maureen Mendoza; Equity Office: Charlene Phung PLAN 528A Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel 2018-2019 PDF
Katherine (Kate) Davis, Lucie (Lucy) Stepanik, Sydney Rankmore, Kaithlyn Given Campus + Community Planning: Shiloh Bouvette PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Mikayla Tinkham, Taylor McIntosh, Stefanie Johnson, Caitlin Greber, Matthew (Matt) Caparas Athletics & Recreation: Lyz Gilgunn; Athletics & Recreation: Mike Tan; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF

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