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

Students

The SEEDS Sustainability Program provides an applied learning experience through collaboration with faculty members, staff, and community partners.

Faculty

Are you a UBC faculty member who’d like to integrate sustainability curriculum and align applied research projects with learning outcomes? Join our extensive network of partners on campus.

Staff and Community Partners

Do you need applied research to help inform your sustainability strategy? The SEEDS Sustainability Program brings UBC faculty, staff, and community partners together.

Featured Projects

SEEDS projects address a broad range of social, ecological, and economic sustainability issues. Since the program began, over 1,000 projects have been completed through 12 different faculties and schools.

UBC Food System Project

The UBC Food System Project is a collaborative, cross-campus initiative that brings together partners from teaching and learning, operations, and research to improve food systems.

CBIRD

The Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) is the first campus-wide initiative of its kind at a Canadian university.

About SEEDS

SEEDS is an internationally recognized and replicated program. Applied research projects advance social, ecological and economic sustainability through impactful community-based collaborations.

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
Eunice Wong, Eunice Wong, Heather Varady, Lindsey Ackerman, Maya Willms Athletics & Recreation: Lyz Gilgunn; Athletics & Recreation: Michael Tan; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Brian Lee, Jared Lee, Amanda Wong, Chalmers Wong Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser PSYC 321 Community, Land, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Simran (Sunny) Bapla, Yiwei Chen, Sergey Makhov, Ziad Merdas, Prudence Nakawooya, Tabata Vieira Ribas Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Zoë Anderson, Lauren Barnett, Callie Berlet, Abigayil (Abbie) Bourchier-Willans, Emma Vadot, Celine Tardif Athletics & Recreation: Jayne Blank; Equity Office: Rachael Sullivan KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Jennifer Fenton; Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2018-2019 PDF
Kyle Becker, Victor Dupont, Natalie Fincham Athletics & Recreation: Lyz Gilgunn; Athletics & Recreation: Michael Tan; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Caroline Pilat, Shannon Hogan, Ece Ikiz, Meher Arora, Brenda Huynh Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser PSYC 321 Community, Food, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Grace Chiang, Shanyao Fan, Jason Ku, Chong Keng (Daniel) Lim, Ka Cheng (Kevin) Wong, Jia Ming (Peggy) Shen, Yan Zhou Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Ruby Carrico, Philip (Phil) Climie, Ren Roberts, Arden Streib, Christopher (Chris) Cardinal, Jenna Hildebrand, Nicole Cardinal Campus + Community Planning: Shiloh Bouvette PLAN 522 Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Sara Ortiz Escalante 2018-2019 PDF
Terrance Chung, Nelson Kin Hoong Ip, Daniel Nguyen, Aneil Uppal, Vincent Choi : Olivia Yung; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Sabrina Baycroft, Alfiana Aulia, Kirandeep (Kiran) Jhand, Kalvin Nguyen, Chidiogo Nwakaeze, Nikita Ray Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham PSYC 321 Buildings, Health, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF

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