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
Anna Johnson, Benjamin Calvard, Gavin Nijjar, Mehri Rostami, Sanduni Ariyawansa Campus + Community Planning: Kate Andrews; Campus + Community Planning: Tawnee Milko; Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker PSYC 421 Climate, Food, Health Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Chester Chan, Tsz Yan Blossom Cheng, Lauren Moody, Sarah Pudritz Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker ASIC 220 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Hannah Wittman 2020-2021 PDF
Ting Ting Sonmezsoy, Kwok Hei Tam, Wai Ming Shing, Peter Sun Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn; Campus + Community Planning: Karen Russell; UBC Properties Trust: Sean Ang URSY 520 Climate, Community, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 2020-2021 PDF
John Collin Soriano, Soo Bin Seo, Troy Okazaki, Ece Bulut, Akash Deo Campus + Community Planning: Tawnee Milko PSYC 421 Climate, Health, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Emma Gillies, Georgia Green, Eun Hye Lee, Shanti Thurber Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker RES 510 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Ayman Fahmy, Farrah Olegario Nazareth, Michaela Dyck Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn; Campus + Community Planning: Karen Russell; UBC Properties Trust: Sean Ang; University Neighborhoods Association: Wegland Sit URSY 520 Climate, Community, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 2020-2021 PDF
Siyu Mao Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; UBC Sustainability Initiative: Colton Kasteel; UBC Sustainability Initiative: Liam Orme VOL 500 Climate, Energy Arts, Faculty of: Jessica Dempsey 2020-2021 PDF
Nikolette Sidiropoulos, Josephine Pan, Montana Norberg, Pascale Pedersen-Arseneau, Amy Wilkie Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Simone Rawal, Elizabeth Jackson, Taya Triffo, Lindah Ddamba, Diana Bedolla Lopez, Jie Sun, Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje Arts and Culture District: Deb Pickman RES 510 Climate, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Zhao Xin Chen, Cexiang Foo, Boyan Zhao Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn URSY 520 Community, Health, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 2020-2021 PDF

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