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

Program Overview

Learn more about the SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program, our partners, and how we utilize the campus as a living laboratory to make meaningful and positive change at UBC and in the world.

SEEDS BIG FIVE RESEARCH PRIORITIES

SEEDS “Big Five” Research Priorities represent key interconnected societal issues that help advance knowledge and action on UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Through SEEDS collaborative partnerships, student research, and guidance, we are able to inform and implement policies with UBC sustainability that address critical societal issues. These opportunities provide our students with exposure to professional experiences as well as open the door to faculty curriculum and expertise to advance our sustainability and wellbeing commitments.

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

UBC students, faculty, and operational practitioners, and community partners collaborate in providing expertise and guidance to advance UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments from urban biodiversity, climate to food security through impactful research and collaborations.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

Fostering effective knowledge exchange through SEEDS is guided by the need to engage, disseminate, translate, and mobilize research with the communities or research affects.

SEEDS Showcase

Visit the SEEDS blog to learn how SEEDS applied research and partnerships are advancing UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments through stories from our participants.

Meet the SEEDS Team

We are a dedicated, energetic, and committed team driven by a horizontal team-based approach. We value addressing critical societal issues through collaborations that are meaningful, inclusive, interdisciplinary, community based, and action oriented. Our team brings a diversity of knowledge and experience that serves as the backbone of the SEEDS Sustainability Program.

Sustainability Research and Data Portal

From urban biodiversity to food security and climate action, we invite you to explore this Research and Data Portal to learn about sustainability research, data and initiatives happening across the UBC Vancouver campus and potential collaboration opportunities.

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
Samantha Knapton, Harjot Thandi, Hannah Nelson, Sadaf Sajian Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Vicky Kim Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent GRS 497E Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Les Lavkulich 2020-2021 PDF
Shalini Nanayakkara Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau VOL 500 Climate, Community, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Deepinder Bajwa, Ray Han, JinSong Hu, Tang Shun Mai, Bastien Moy, Kyle Tam Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Jueun Oh, Morgan Lorenz, Jennifer Nipp, Nikki Stewart Hunter, Karmen Leong Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Alexander Wong Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau VOL 400 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Science, Faculty of: Michelle Tseng 2020-2021 PDF
Benny Orr, Davis Su, Hamed Barkh, Jiabei Qiu, Shota Inoda, Xin Yue Luo Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Mandy Che, Juan Diaz Nieto, Jacqueline Molnar, Kaitlyn Wong Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Meghan Little, Aliya Lateef-Vaksvik, Bohan Yu, Ploykarn Kunkonlakarn Law, Peter A. Allard School of: Anna Kline GEOG 371 Food, Health, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Kristian Biela, Dylan Galovich, Dylan Grier, Cao Gu, Benjamin Maquignaz, Stephen Martin, Braeden McCowan Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF

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