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

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 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.

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.

Biodiversity
Buildings
Climate
Community
Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
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Andy Yao, Gavin Han, Robert Fu, Benny Chen Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Andrew Rushmere APSC 262 Land, Waste, Water Applied Science: Dr. Carla Paterson 2011-2012 PDF
Graeme Lawson, Derek Mullassery Campus & Community Planning: Ralph Wells; Campus Sustainability: Kyle Reese CEEN 550 Climate, Energy Clean Energy Research Centre: Eric Mazzi 2011-2012 PDF
Muhammad Salman Arshad, Ron Qiu, Jeremy Jin, Jeremy Lee, Iris Feng, Terence Tsang Campus and Community Planning: Dean Gregory, Applied Science: Dennis Fan CVL 202 Land, Water Civil Engineering: Susan Nesbit 2011-2012 PDF
James Anderson, Apple Gong, Li Zhi AMS Sustainability: Justin Ritchie APSC 262 Materials, Procurement, Waste Applied Science: Dr. Carla Paterson 2011-2012 PDF
Adrian Leung Adera Development Corporation: Tom Awram GEOG 419 Climate, Energy Geography: David Brownstein 2011-2012 PDF
Allister MacLean, Jae Yeong Bae, Ting Hin Wan Supply Management - Category and Sustainability Program: Paula Goldspink APSC 262 Materials, Procurement Applied Science: Dr. Carla Paterson 2011-2012 PDF
Kevin Chow, Andrew Fong, Ka Fai (Philip) Wong Center for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Andrew Rushmere APSC 262 Land, Waste, Water Applied Science, Faculty of: Carla Paterson 2011-2012 PDF
Katherine Dennert, Sherwood Plant Campus Sustainability: Kyle Reese CIVL 498E Materials, Transportation Civil Engineering: Rob Sianchuk 2011-2012 PDF
Jamie Tang, Jisun Jessica Kim, Andrew Chow Supply Management - Category and Sustainability Program: Paula Goldspink APSC 262 Materials, Procurement Applied Science: Dr. Carla Paterson 2011-2012 PDF
Mahsa Jamsaz, Saeideh Abolghasemi Riseh Campus & Community Planning: Ralph Wells; Campus Sustainability: Kyle Reese CEEN 550 Climate, Energy Clean Energy Research Centre: Eric Mazzi 2011-2012 PDF

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