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.

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.

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
Anam Elahi, Citali Cruz, Hadir Ali, Hannah Geiser, Israa Noureddine, Ravina Anand Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning GPP 581 Climate, Community, Transportation Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Charlotte Choi, Alicia Chow, Carol Hu, Amanda Kwan, Subinuer Paerhati Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker SOCI 380 Biodiversity, Land, Wellbeing Anthropology, Department of: Kerry Greer 2019-2020 PDF
Ian Garvie, Atlas Kazemian, Erwin Sun Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning APSC 461 Climate, Community, Transportation Paul Winkelman, Mechanical Engineering 2019-2020 PDF
Kyle Olsen, Sannah Stainsby, Claire Tkachuk, Sharlene Siwai Ng Dustin Gray, Department of Geography; Gabriele Woolever, Department of Geography; Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning GEOG 371 Procurement, Waste Vanessa Banta, Department of Geography 2019-2020 PDF
Emily Enright, Rasmus Dilling-Hansen, Dinoba Kirupa, MacKenzie Walker Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning GPP 581 Climate, Community, Transportation Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Nicolas Navarre, Steve Farra, Sunjot Singh Hunjan Tawnee Milko, Campus + Community Planning APSC 461 Climate, Community Paul Winkelman, Mechanical Engineering 2019-2020 PDF
Jamie Li, Henry Tang, Marie Claire Anderson Dustin Gray, Department of Geography; Gabriele Woolever, Department of Geography; Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning GEOG 371 Procurement, Waste Vanessa Banta, Department of Geography 2019-2020 PDF
Melisha Charles, Cassandra Jeffery, Shivangi Khanna, Nyoman Wirawan Nikki Sugitha, Keyon Yang Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning GPP 581 Climate, Community, Transportation Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Adam Hicks Emma Luker, Campus + Community Planning RES 505 Biodiversity, Land, Wellbeing Leila Harris, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Leona Lu, Therese Arlette, David Minic Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning POLI 450 Transportation Kathryn Harrison, Political Science, Department of 2019-2020 PDF

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