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
Sukhi Atti, Pailin Chongchitnant, Linda Lee, Karissa Robson, Herlina Tedrjowarsito, Iris Tse, Laura-Ashley Wright UBC Food Services: Juliana Campbell; Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land, Procurement Campus & Community Planning: Liska Richer 2006-2007 PDF
Laura Winter UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr, Piyush Sahay, Dorothy Yip BIOL 448 Biodiversity, Food, Procurement Fisheries Centre: Dr. Amanda Vincent 2006-2007 PDF
Margaret Bloomquist, Tyler Chan, Jason Gray, Colleen O’Brien, Mia Lai, James Takizawa Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Amy Frye, Gavin Wright, Mark Bomford; , University Neighborhoods Association: Heather Friesen, Your Local Farmers Market Society: Roberta LaQuaglia AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Campus Sustainability: Liska Richer 2006-2007 PDF
Sergey Aleksin, Geoffrey Guest, Charles Ng UBC Waste Management Staff: CHBE 484 Food, Land, Waste Chemical and Biological Engineering: Dr. Xiaotao Bi 2006-2007 PDF
Beth Brockett Land and Building Services: Jeff Nulty, Grazyna Rougeau SOIL 502 Land Land and Food Systems: Dr. Art Bomke, Dr. Maja Krzic 2006-2007 PDF
Jing Chen, Jason Cheung, Jamie Leung AMS: Paul Dayson, Eric Doherty, Jeff Friedrich, Ian Pattilo COMM 436 Climate, Community Sauder School of Business: Dr. Andrew Burton-Jones 2006-2007 PDF
Jeff Chen, Mandy Lam, Megan Halstead, David Poon, Luke Pritchard, Jacqueline Teo, Grace Yaung Agora Café: Meghan Molnar; Center for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Amy Frye; Center for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Gavin Wright; Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Mark Bomford; Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Danny Gruner AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Campus & Community Planning: Liska Richer 2006-2007 PDF
Linna Yi Nan Li, Lucy Lin, Zahra Mottaghi-Far, Kam Chun Stanley Tung Land and Building Services: Mark Scott; Classroom Services: Kelly Simmons COMM 436 Community Sauder School of Business: Dr. Andrew Burton-Jones 2006-2007 PDF
Morvarid Aletomeh, Silvia Chen, Stephanic Goruk, Jocelyn Land-Murphy, Caroline Ramsay, Heather Todd, Gladys Yeung, Ayla Harker Agora Café: Meghan Molnar; Center for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Amy Frye; Center for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Gavin Wright; Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Mark Bomford; Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Danny Gruner AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Campus & Community Planning: Liska Richer 2006-2007 PDF
Liska Richer Campus Sustainability: Liska Richer, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food and Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, UBC Farm - Centre for Sustainable Food Systems: Mark Bomford AGSC 450 Food Land and Food Systems: Alejandro Rojas, Art Bomke 2005-2006 PDF

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