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 represent key interconnected societal issues that help advance knowledge and action on UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments.


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.


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.


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.

David Hsieh, Yingxiang Ding UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Kristina Bouris UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr, Dorothy Yip; UBC Farm: Derek Masselink; Land & Building Services: John Metras; AMS Food Services: Nancy Toogood AGSC 450 Food Land & Food Systems: Dr. Alejandro Rojas, Ted Cathcart, Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson; Interdisciplinary Studies Program: Derek Masselink, Tony Brunetti 2002-2003 PDF
Shaun St-Amour UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Echo Xiaoqian Yan UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Tracy Anderson, Tom Chen, Logan Hoffert, Jennifer Ip, Terence Lim, Kelly Macauley, Aleem Nathwani, Allan Tan, Gabriella Wan Classroom Services: Justin Marples, Kelly Simmons, Campus and Community Planning: Peter Jia COMM 436 Community Sauder School of Business: Dr. Joerg Everman 2002-2003 PDF
Jonas Spring Municipal Services: David Smith AGRO 497 Biodiversity, Land UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Douglas Justice 2002-2003 PDF
Brenda Madrazo, Juan Gabriel Solorzano Access & Diversity: Janet Mee GEOG 472 Community, Land Geography: Prof. Sally Hermansen 2002-2003 PDF
Jessica Chou, Doug McLeod, Marcy Pozar, Jessica Yee, Ada Yeung Land & Building Services: John Metras, Lee Ferrari COMM 497 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Sauder School of Business: Dr. Jeanne-Etienne de Bettignies 2002-2003 PDF
Alexandre Kadijevic Sustainability Office: Jorge Marques CHBE 493/494 Climate Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. John Grace 2002-2003 PDF
Prentice Durbin, Frank Fa, Meredith Kennedy, Christina Li, Brett Potvin, Uli Schulze Suedhoff Land & Building Services: John Metras MBA 500 Land Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan, Dr. Tony Boardman, Dr. Peter Frost, Dr. Sally Maitlis, Dr. Peter Nemetz 2002-2003 PDF