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
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
Lauren Hanna UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Piryangi Jayasinghe, Neda Salehirad UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Mary Au-Yeung, Johan Coosemans, Mike Hanna, Marisa Kung, Ji Hee (Jessica) Nam, Maysoon Ramadan, Jyoti Tronson Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Infrastructure Development: John Metras, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
DNP UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Ben Allard, Alison Gilliland, Blake Hanacek, Elliot Kolb, Takeshi Miyazoe, Andrea Plaxton Retail Operation: Dorothy Yip, Student Housing & Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Infrastructure Development: John Metras, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 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
DNP UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Faculty of Forestry: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Lisayani Anggoro, Anna Moogk, Jack Chiu, Danica Olenick, Miriam Gordon, Moira Steward, Juliana Huzzey Retail Operation: Dorothy Yip, Student Housing & Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Infrastructure Development: John Metras, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 PDF

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