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


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

SEEDS Sustainability Students

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


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.

Food Security Initiative

The Food Security Initiative (FSI) is partnership between UBC Wellbeing, SEEDS Sustainability Program and Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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.

Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research & Demonstration (CBIRD)

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

Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity

Inspiring the next generation of students to work on the interconnected global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by co-creating student-led, inclusive, and demand-driven research.

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.

Meghan Little, Aliya Lateef-Vaksvik, Bohan Yu, Ploykarn Kunkonlakarn Law, Peter A. Allard School of: Anna Kline GEOG 371 Food, Health, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Adriana Gaganis, Mikayla Gelz, Isabella Setyabule, Alvin To Graduate Student Society: Julia Heaton; Graduate Student Society: Nicolas Romualdi GEOG 371 Community, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Hyunji Lee, Byram Avari, Thomas Vandenschrick Graduate Student Society: Julia Heaton GEOG 371 Community, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Eugene Eweka Energy and Water: Blair Antcliffe APPP 506C Climate Chemical and Biological Engineering: Vladan Prodanovic 2020-2021 PDF
Bronwyn Neufeld Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent GRS 497E Climate, Community, Food Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Les Lavkulich 2020-2021 PDF
Rachel Ma Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent FNH 497 Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Gail Hammond 2020-2021 PDF
Vicky Kim Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent GRS 497E Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Les Lavkulich 2020-2021 PDF
Lilly Chieu, Liana Diu, Payton McNeill, Hai Nguyen, Kendra Roberts Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation; Darren Stolz, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Mengqi Lu, Kenneth Santos, Parsa Shani, Amir Hossein (Amir) Shojaee Siuki, Aanchal Sharma Krista Falkner, Campus + Community Planning; Adam Hyslop, Campus + Community Planning; URSY 520 Buildings, Land, Transportation Martino Tran, School of Community and Regional Planning 2019-2020 PDF
Alicia Kiing, Victor Luk, Lilian Ng, Karen Tam, Caroline Wu : Alyssa Reyes; : Darren Stolz KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2019-2020 PDF