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
Antonio Mendoza, Kyle Mitchell, Ali Wagih, Robert Gumuchian, Haley Oosterman, Anthony van Engelen Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Brandon Da Costa, Marion Gelinas, Jose Gottret, Emily Kazanowski, Sarah Klym, Karen Lai, Jia Liu, Jesse Martyn, Zoe Pierce, Leah Porter, Chris Walker, Laurence Crouzet, Emily Kazanowski Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory; Campus + Community Planning: Carole Jolly; Forestry, Faculty of: Jason Chiu; Vice President, Students: Matt Dolf ARCH 544 Biodiversity, Community, Materials : Graham Entwhistle; School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Joseph Dahmen 2018-2019 PDF
An Qi (Emily) Liu, Emily Keeley, Daniel Bissonnette, Patricia Lee : Kate Higham; : Shakti Ramkumar; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron LFS 450 Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Stephen Anandalingam, Kambiz Dolatyar, Alisha Singh, Tian Ge (Iris) Xie, Kalon Yip Athletics & Recreation: Lyz Gilgunn; Athletics & Recreation: Michelle Hebert; Equity Office: Charlene Phung KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Jennifer Fenton; Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2018-2019 PDF
Joycelyn Gyamfi, Vanessa Coady, Allison McVicar, Suqin Wang, Andrew Li, Hannah Clayton-Carroll Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Andrea Byfuglien; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 321 Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Maureen Solmundson Campus + Community Planning: Aviva Savelson; Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker PLAN 528A Buildings, Climate, Waste School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel 2018-2019 PDF
Xinyan Guan, Guoyi (Harry) Peng, Yanli Wang, Zhenning Wang, Yaxing Yang Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Emily Huang Campus + Community Planning: Joanne Proft PLAN 528A Buildings, Community, Finance School of Community and Regional Planning: Michael Leaf 2018-2019 PDF
Bao Xian (Amy) Zeng, Emily Peer-Groves, Janela Sanqui, Liwen Ling UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau LFS 450 Biodiversity, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Michelle Chan, Jinhyun (Jin) Im, Christian Diego, Kerolos (Kero) Daowd, Hilary Rackham Athletics & Recreation: Lyz Gilgunn; Athletics & Recreation: Michelle Hebert; Equity Office: Charlene Phung KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Jennifer Fenton; Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2018-2019 PDF

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