Learn about the people behind the SEEDS Sustainability Program. SEEDS is composed of a highly dedicated, energetic and exceptionally committed team. We’re driven by a horizontal team-based approach and our values that critical societal issues are addressed through meaningful collaborations that are inclusive, interdisciplinary, community-based, and action orientated.    

Each team member brings a diversity of knowledge and experiences that serve as the backbone of the SEEDS Sustainability Program.  

Liska Richer, Manager, SEEDS Sustainability Program

Email: liska.richer@ubc.ca

Meet Liska

As Manager, Liska is responsible for the strategic planning, development and implementation of the SEEDS Sustainability Program. Since 2003, she has honed the now internationally recognized Campus as Living Laboratory program into what is today. She leads the development of SEEDS strategies, goals, research priorities and partnerships that can advance UBC’s operational sustainability and wellbeing commitments, and integrate UBC’s operational and academic efforts in sustainability.

Liska has an educational background in food systems and sociology. She brings knowledge and experiences in Community-Based Action Research (CBAR), food systems,  whole systems approaches, and program management. She holds much institutional knowledge and is involved with several  campus committees that inform the development and implementation of sustainability policies and plans though fostering impactful collaborations and research. She chairs/co-chairs interdisciplinary committees including: Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research & Demonstration (CBIRD), Climate Change in Urban Biodiversity (CCUB), UBC Food System Project (FSP), Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team. She is an active member of many other groups to advance the university’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments, such as the Climate Action Plan, AMS Sustainability Action Plan, Wellbeing Strategic Framework, and Healthy Beverage Initiative. She is a member of the International Campus as Lab Community of Practice and helps advise other campuses in setting up similar Campus as Living Laboratory programs.

Additionally, Liska teaches Leadership in Food System Sustainability in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, which examines and addresses food system sustainability challenges and opportunities on the UBC-Vancouver campus.

 

Laure Dupuy, Climate Action & Food Systems Applied Research Coordinator, SEEDS Sustainability Program

Email: laure.dupuy@ubc.ca

Meet Laure

As Climate Action & Food Systems Applied Research Coordinator within the SEEDS Sustainability Program, Laure works closely with the Climate Action Plan (CAP) team in Sustainability & Engineering.  She is in charge of coordinating student-led Community-Based Action Research and interdisciplinary partnerships that can help inform climate and food policy and practices as part of the CAP 2030. Her role is to continue and to expand SEEDS research and partnerships around the development, launch and evaluation of a UBC’s first Climate-Friendly Food system Label, GHG food Assessment, Food Waste Prevention & Reduction strategy,  Food Recovery Programs, Procurement, Food Circularity and more. She co-chair the Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team. Her work is aligned with the university’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments and targets, such as the Climate Action Plan 2030, AMS Sustainability Action Plan, Wellbeing Strategic Framework, the Zero Waste Plan and Healthy Beverage Initiative.

Laure has expertise on Zero Waste and the Circular Economy, with a background in business, communication and sustainability. Before joining the SEEDS Sustainability team, she worked for more than 8 years on projects to support companies and the food sector to integrate environmental approaches through certification systems.

Since she arrived in Canada, after several volunteer experiences (e.g. Zero Waste Canada, the Vancouver Farmer Market...) she embarked on a new adventure with her business partner Ben by co-founding Rethink2gether, a food consulting company with an expertise in food waste prevention. Rethink2gether's mission is to help commercial kitchens prevent food waste and improve their bottom line.

Laure is originally from France, more precisely from Alsace, a region where viticulture is very famous for its quality and diversity of vineyards.

 

Georgia Stanley, Climate Response Applied Research Coordinator, SEEDS Sustainability Program

Email: georgia.stanley@ubc.ca

Meet Georgia

As Climate Response Applied Research Coordinator within the SEEDS Sustainability Program, Georgia works closely with grant partners from the Faculties of Forestry, Arts, and Sciences, and folks in Sustainability & Engineering.  She coordinates student-led Community-Based Action Research and interdisciplinary partnerships on critical intersectional topics to advance UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration (CED) commitments and inform UBC’s Climate Action Plan 2030 and Wellbeing Strategic Framework. Her role is to establish new and ramp up existing interdisciplinary research, partnerships and knowledge mobilization to support UBC’s climate emergency priorities through two interconnected research clusters: 1) ecological and human health and wellbeing, and 2) sustainable, just, and secure food systems. 

Georgia brings over a decade of experience in non-profit management, sustainable food systems, communications, and research to her new role with SEEDS.

She strives to build meaningful connections and create system-wide change that benefits people and the planet.  She’s applied these qualities to her work strengthening regional food systems with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) Farmland Ecosystem Services Project, the Vancouver Food Policy Council Leadership Team and more.

 

Josh Travers, Circular Economy Applied Research Coordinator, SEEDS Sustainability Program

Email: josh.travers@ubc.ca

Meet Josh

As Circular Economy Applied Research Coordinator within the SEEDS Sustainability Program, Josh works closely with partners from the Faculties of Arts, Sciences, Engineering, and Forestry, as well as partners in Sustainability & Engineering, Facilities Planning, and Financial Operations, among others.  He coordinates student-led Community-Based Action Research and interdisciplinary partnerships to help advance actions in the Zero Waste Action Plan 2030: Towards a Circular Economy, and other related university policies, plans and practices.

His role is to both continue and expand SEEDS research and partnerships around the transition to a circular economy at UBC, with a focus on defining the circular economy idea at UBC, supporting reuse networks, reducing material waste from food systems, and assisting in the creation of sustainable procurement guidelines. Josh’s work is aligned with the university’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments and targets, such as the Zero Waste Action Plan 2030: Towards a Circular Economy, Climate Action Plan 2030, and AMS Sustainable Action Plan.

Josh has a background in circular economy, global development, and political economy. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from research to support circular districts to adaptation and mitigation for technical systems related to climate change. Josh brings extensive experience and knowledge related to circularity, plastics management, and systems thinking. Josh is passionate about creating system change, as well as shifting personal relationships with the natural world, to support sustainable material use.

Prior to joining SEEDS, Josh was a coordinator for the UBC Microplastics Research Cluster, a sustainability scholar, and a climate analyst for Technical Safety BC. Josh is completing a Master’s degree in the Institute of Resource, Environment, and Sustainability with a focus on examining the social and environmental implications of the various definitions of a circular economy for plastics in Canada.

 

Juan Martinez, Climate Action & Food Systems Applied Research Coordinator, SEEDS Sustainability Program

Email: juan.martinez@ubc.ca

Meet Juan

As Climate Action & Food Systems Applied Research Coordinator within the SEEDS Sustainability Program, Juan works closely with the Climate Action Plan (CAP) team in Sustainability & Engineering. He is in charge of coordinating student-led Community-Based Action Research and interdisciplinary partnerships that can help inform climate and food policy and drive action as part of the CAP 2030. His role is to continue and to expand SEEDS research and partnerships around the development, launch and evaluation of a UBC’s first Climate-Friendly Food system Label, GHG food Assessment, Food Waste Prevention & Reduction strategy, Food Recovery Programs, Procurement, Food Circularity and more. He co-chairs the Climate-Friendly Food Systems Action Team. His work is aligned with the university’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments and targets, such as the Climate Action Plan 2030, AMS Sustainability Action Plan, Wellbeing Strategic Framework, the Zero Waste Plan and Healthy Beverage Initiative.

Juan holds a PhD from UBC where he researched inequality in access to food and its implications for food consumption GHG emissions and key sustainable development goals (UN SDGs). As a member of UBC’s Land Use and Global Environment lab, Juan has cultivated a broad understanding of the global food system challenges and interactions with deep understanding of Food Security and Food System Sustainability. He joined the SEEDS team as staff after being a student member of the Climate-Friendly Food System Action team since its creation. At SEEDS he aims to advance local action on global food system issues.