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
Mengxin (Mizzi) Zhang, Jennica Sha, Chengyao Chen, Zihan (Johnny) Hua, Ying (Larayn) Liao 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 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Mikaela Frame, Sacha Mouzin, Ke Yi (Nathan) Yu University Neighborhoods Association: Emily Lomax SCIE 420 Community, Finance, Waste : Jenalee Kluttz; Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Hannah Wittman 2018-2019 PDF
Tafsir Ali, Peter Clarke, Vincent Chen, Jillian Trach, Chase Vogler, Ethan Wiebe Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Verena Rossa : Hillary Stevens; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Sustainability and Engineering: Jamee DeSimone; UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker; UBC Food Services: David Speight SPPH 599 Climate, Food, Health Population and Public Health, School of: Anne Gadermann 2018-2019 PDF
Mariana Berlanga, Christine Bowden, Tylar Campbell, Eva Wang, Tianqi Zou Wegland Sit, University Neighborhoods Association; Emily Lomax, University Neighbourhoods Association LFS 450 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2018-2019 PDF
Nicolas Choy, Tian Rabbani, Jeevun Riar, Julia Rudecki, Madelyn Brunt 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
Jessie Smith-Manchip, Grace Ng, Gabriel McKeown, Yoo Jung Kim, Kezia Cahyadi 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 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2018-2019 PDF
Matthew (Matt) Callow Adam Hyslop, Campus + Community Planning; Alex Taciuk, Sustainability and Engineering PLAN 528A Community, Transportation, Wellbeing Alex Bigazzi, Civil Engineering 2018-2019 PDF
Hanpeng Chen, Rebecca Howes, Suzanne King, Jordan Priest, Nicola Van Der Mark, Andrew Toi Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Loretta Li; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Tabinda Shah Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty FRST 449 Biodiversity, Buildings, Land Forestry, Faculty of: Susan Day 2018-2019 PDF

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