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.

Mairin Barclay, Shannon Cockburn, Amy Hsu, Chi Wai Lee, Kyla Reichmuth, Gary Tam, Mandy Young Infrastructure Development: John Metras, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Emily Cheung, Jennifer Gamel, Suzanne Idle, Janey Leung, Alison Richter, Yuliana Tedyatmadjaya, Holly Vivier UBC Food Services: Don Sannachan AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Vinci Ching, Paul Gazzola, Karen Juzkow, Kenrick Kan, Tina Lin, Caroline Wark, Eman Yeung Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food, Materials, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Edmond Ao, Teddy Ao, Angeline Tin Htun, Linda Wong Classroom Services: Justin Maples, Kelly Simmons, Campus and Community Planning: Peter Jia COMM 436 Materials Sauder School of Business: Dr. Joerg Evermann 2001-2002 PDF
Peter Chiu, Katarina Glavas, Rema Khaul, Ivan Lau, Tracy Lo, Annie Rosen, Vojislav Trkulja Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink AGSC 450 Community, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Magda Dominik Land and Building Services: David Smith AGRO 400 Community, Land Land and Food Systems: Dr. Murray Isman 2001-2002 PDF
Jia An Zu, Tabassum Firoz, Emily Kwan, Doris Lo, Cynthia Mak, Karyn Schnick, Sally Shum UBC Food Services: Laura Lowry AGSC 450 Community, Finance, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Marc Soehngen Land & Building Services: Hazen Sise ARCH 500 Community, Materials SALA: Chris MacDonald; SALA: Nicolas Scott 2001-2002 PDF
Alexandra Foldes, Grace Lau, Taya Maki, Dani Shahvarani, Gelaine Siu, Jonas Spring , Michelle Wan Sai Lui UBC Food Services: Josie Midha, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Amy Moizumi University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens: Doug Justice, Plant Operations: David Smith AGRO 400 Biodiversity, Land Land & Food Systems: Dr. Murray Isman 2001-2002 PDF