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.

Bianca Magdangal, Huijun Li, Maryah (Maya) Liepert, Michelle Liaw : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Susanna Chen, Junxian (David) He, Kieran Morton, Jingwei (Emily) Xiong, Stevan Vicentijevic Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn EECE 400/409/419/429/439/469 Biodiversity, Buildings Electrical and Computer Engineering: Paul Lusina 2018-2019 PDF
Kangseo (James) Lee, Jason Angustia, Anucha (Nan) Suwanchotsiri, Xu Xin Liu, Zizheng Han, Alfred Lewis Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Sean Reisman Campus + Community Planning: Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Penelope (Penny) Martyn; Sustainability and Engineering: Alex Taciuk PLAN 550 Buildings, Climate, Transportation School of Community and Regional Planning: Martino Tran 2018-2019 PDF
Salome Sane, Salome Sane, Amanda Tran, Angela Bebek, Evan Yu Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser GEOG 371 Health, Water, Wellbeing Geography, Department of: Geraldine Pratt 2018-2019 PDF
Matthew (Matt) Blacklaws, Quincy Brozo, Jocelyn Dayal, Hoi Lam (Karen) Tam, Andrea Villanueva : Nathan Jesse; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Buildings, Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Jiahan Guo, Xinran Huang, Anqi Liu, Xinbo Qi, GuangYuan Zhao : Andrea Byfuglien; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Climate, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Melisha Charles, Cassandra Jeffery, Sanmini Koffi, Nyoman Wirawan (Nikki) Sugitha Administration and Finance: Kat Aquino; Administration and Finance: Jina Marwood GPP 504 Community, Materials, Waste : Cesi Cruz 2018-2019 PDF
Jackson Buckner, Hao Yu (Howard) Lin, George Liou, Nicolas Moss, Khelen Upadhyay, Chandler White Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Lauren Anderson, Zhuheng Cai, Jocelyn Chung, Wen-ding (Davey) Tseng, Nicholas Rui Wen Yap Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill; Alma Mater Society: Sam Tuck MECH 457 Climate, Community, Energy Mechanical Engineering: Jon Mikkelsen 2018-2019 PDF