Program History

Main Mall hammocks were part of a collaboration with the Department of Creative Writing.

SEEDS is Western Canada’s first academic operational program to integrate students’ energy and enthusiasm for sustainability with faculty members’ research experience, and staff members’ commitment and expertise to advance sustainability on campus. Building on the theme of campus as a living laboratory, SEEDS helps unite campus operations and academics to find collaborative solutions to real-life sustainability issues on campus.

Few universities in North America have similar programs, and SEEDS is certainly the largest and most comprehensive. Launched in 2000, SEEDS grew out of UBC’s Greening the Campus initiative (1994 to 1998), established under the leadership of Dr. John Robinson.

The SEEDS Program helps fulfill UBC’s guiding framework, Place and Promise: The UBC Plan, which states that, “As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.”

To learn more about the program’s history, download our SEEDS case study.