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.

Lana Camp, Veronika Scherer, Miranda Ta, Max Wahl, Boris Wong Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Ali Ali, Melanie Ng, Grace Wang Kerry Boultbee, UBC Bookstores; Jennie Orpen, UBC Bookstores SCIE 420 Community, Materials, Procurement Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Jenalee Kluttz; Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Gunilla Oberg 2019-2020 PDF
Claire Anthony, Taryn Walker, Delaney Ignatieff, Chris Marks-worling, Akaya Blair Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Alejandra Padron, Rahsan (Ece) Cam, Javier Heredia, Chiamaka (Amaka) Nworjih, Chen Wu Celene Fung, Campus + Community Planning; Natasha Moore, UBC Wellbeing; Matt Dolf, UBC Wellbeing; Roopey Khatkar, Vancouver Coastal Health; Tracey Taulu, Vancouver Coastal Health; Zeba Khan, Department of Psychology URSY 520 Community, Health, Wellbeing Martino Tran, School of Community and Regional Planning; Martino Tran, School of Community and Regional Planning 2019-2020 PDF
Faye Abella, Anika Cheng, Mika Fogelman, Bianca Magdangal, Margaret Pham : Alyssa Reyes; : Darren Stolz KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2019-2020 PDF
Akhila Varghese, Cara LeGault, Caroline Sutton, Crystal Yu, Egon Shin, Karin Gonchar, Kristen McLester, Lynn Tung, Rachel Chan, Rajdeep Dhaliwal, Verena Rossa-Roccor, Vicky Kim UBC Wellbeing: Sara Kozicky VOL 400 Biodiversity, Food, Waste N/A 2019-2020 PDF
Rogan Cheng, Jacob Cho, Chris Madill, Katie Ng, Suzanne Zhen Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation; Darren Stolz, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Angelica Katama, Mwblib Basumatary, Pragya Sharma, Shirley Yang, Verónica Ardila Ash Nino Torres, E3 Eco Group Inc URSY 520 Buildings, Energy, Transportation Martino Tran, School of Community and Regional Planning 2019-2020 PDF
Adam Tutinka, Edgar Dumandan, Dylan Cosman, Linda Cheng, Cheuk Shan (Samantha) Lo, Wendi (Wen Qing) Liu 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
Manvir (Mina) Sidhu, Karan Mehrotra, Kaiwen Hu Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Leith Blachford; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Colin Moore ECON 492 Finance, Food, Waste Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF