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Get support from faculty and students for your sustainability projects

Our program has coordinated more than 1000 collaborations between staff, students and faculty since 2001. Projects lead to real changes on campus, and are aligned with departmental sustainability frameworks and campus sustainability plans.

How it Works

 

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The SEEDS Program can provide 60-1200 hours of support for your sustainability projects. SEEDS Program staff can work with you to identify and scope out project opportunities. We match project proposals with courses that integrate SEEDS projects into the course curriculum. Under faculty supervision, a team of undergraduate or graduate students work on a project that lasts at least one term.

 

What to Expect

Our program staff provide project oversight and project management during the launch, implementation and completion stages. A final report is delivered to you as the project client. The report is also submitted to the professor as a course requirement. Projects are published on the SEEDS library.

Project outcomes can include:

  • analysis ahead of hiring a consultant
  • quantitative or qualitative primary research
  • evaluations of existing projects
  • business plan development or communication plan development
  • procurement evaluations
  • testing of new ideas or technologies
  • behaviour change research

 

Funding

UBC staff acting as clients do not pay to work with SEEDS research teams. Many projects are completed without additional funding. The SEEDS Program can facilitate funding applications for up to $10,000 per project.

 

What to Expect from SEEDS

Our program staff provide project oversight and project management during the launch, implementation and completion stages. A final report is delivered to the staff member who acts as a client on the project, and also submitted to the professor as a course requirement. Projects are published and available via the SEEDS library.

 

Your Commitment

You are the client. You define or co-define the problem, and you evaluate the solution. The total average time commitment is approximately 10-15 hours per project, though you are welcome to provide additional contact time for students if you wish.

Your commitment includes:

  • Complete the project description form. Our program staff will help you refine the problem description, and ensure the projects are feasible within the course scope.
  • Attend initial project team “kick-off” meeting or workshop to review project proposal collaboratively, discuss expectations, identify resources, and to set agreed-upon project milestones. SEEDS Program staff will help facilitate this meeting or workshop and ensure all parties agree to manageable deliverables.
  • Commit to ongoing communication engagement with the project member or team. This is typically through meetings, email communication or in-class workshops.
  • Provide feedback on the work as completed by students, and attend the student’s final presentation.
  • Communicate with the SEEDS program about the outcomes and usefulness of the project.

 

 

 

Next Steps

SEEDS Library

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Program Highlights

A snapshot of our program goals and impacts