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
Brian Leung, Janice Mathers, Tristan Sjoden, Christy Strocel Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Lucila Diaz Villasensor, Johnathan Lu, Avind Mirtipati, Matthew Walton, Vikas Srivastava Campus Sustainability: Ruth Abramson MBA 500 Materials, Procurement Sauder School of Business: Steve Alisharan 2003-2004 PDF
Christine Chien, Erik Holbek, Natalie Noel, Scott Witbeck Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Jordan Barlow, Morgan Kenneh, Kimberley LeDrew, Sarah Saddler Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
Jane Lister, Yasuhiko Ogushi, Lydia Teh UBC Sustainability: Heather Scholefield, Freda Pagani RMES 500C Community Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Dr. Les Lavkulich 2003-2004 PDF
Mike Aldred, John McCormack, Greg Schaefer, Bill Schulte, Natalie Yu Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
A. Bogdanovich, K. Cheung, C. Ho, L. Lam, R. Madera, N. Ranzoni, Y. Tsang AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood; Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Group 5 Students Natural Food Co-op: Alice Miro AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Nick Barber, Eddie Cheung, Shelly Crack, Judy Hassett, Jasmine Narciso, Eiman Raouf, Jenny Tsai Infrastructure Development: John Metras, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart; Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 PDF
Jonathan Burnham, Kirsten Elliot, Patricia Imlah, Angel Li, Charles Nip, Satnam Sidhu, Nate Wong AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood; Infrastructure Development: John Metras; College for Interdisciplinary Studies: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson; Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Derek Masselink; Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF

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