Students

Earn course credit, develop professional skills, gain first-hand work experience, and advance UBC’s sustainability goals.

SEEDS Sustainability Program provides students the opportunity to earn course credit, develop professional skills, gain first-hand work experience, and advance UBC’s sustainability goals. Projects range in topic, scope, and size—what they all have in common is working with a staff client on a current UBC sustainability challenge.

How it Works

The SEEDS Program provides opportunities to be an active student citizen. Your project builds on years of existing student projects and solve sustainability challenges right on your campus.

The SEEDS Program structure helps keep projects on track and enables each project to make measurable contributions to real-world sustainability efforts at UBC. Students who have participated in a SEEDS project say the experience helped prepare them for professional work in their field, and helped them develop career-relevant experience.

Get Involved

GRADUATE THESIS

Have a particular topic you are interested in? Want to work on a current sustainability challenge at UBC? Contact our program representative with information about your sustainability research interests, skillset, and experience. We can help you access the SEEDS network to see how your research can most contribute to best practices on sustainability at UBC. Click here to learn about current opportunities.

REGISTER FOR A COURSE

Most students connect with the SEEDS program through a course that’s already offering SEEDS Projects.  Click here for a list of available courses, talk to your department advisor, or visit the Sustainability Resource Centre to find a course offering SEEDS projects.

CONSIDER DIRECTED STUDIES

Directed studies projects are student-selected research projects conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Check with your Faculty Advisor to determine if you are eligible to register in Directed Studies. Contact our program representative. Click here to learn about current opportunities.

INFO ON NOT FOR CREDIT PROJECTS

We always prefer to have students complete SEEDS courses as part of a course, or through directed studies. When this proves impossible, some students complete volunteer projects. Contact our program representative for more information.

GET RECRUITED

Our program regularly recruits for projects seeking students with specific skill sets. The easiest way to get recruited for one of these projects is to get added to our recruiters list. Click here to get added to our recruiters list.  

The SEEDS Program regularly seeks students to participate in various research projects.  Click here to learn about current opportunities.

Your Commitment

Students connect existing student efforts and emerging research to investigate ideas and propose innovative solutions. The SEEDS Program structure helps keep projects on track and enables each project to make measurable contributions to real-world sustainability efforts at UBC.

  • Meet project deliverables.
  • Propose and commit to ongoing communication engagement schedule with your staff clients and other project team members. This is typically through meetings, email communication or in-class workshops and serves as an opportunity to discuss project progress and receive guidance.
  • Attend final meeting with staff and present final research deliverables including your recommendations for implementation and future research

SEEDS Library

Access our repository of over 1000 sustainability reports

Program Highlights

A snapshot of our program goals and impacts