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


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.

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.


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 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.

Julie Brennan, Meghan Clare, Monica Hsu, Fiona Lemon, Julie Ogle, Michelle Tran, Tina Yu Yu AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Mark Bomford AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Ko Takeuchi The Learning Exchange: Margo Fryer; Campus Security: Steve Bohnen; UBC Food Services: Dorothy Yip PLAN 503 Community, Materials Centre for Human Settlements: Prof. Peter Boothroyd 2004-2005 PDF
Sabrina Bliem, Alita Chung, Shuk Yee Ida Ho, Maggie Lee, Catherine O’Neill, Lizanne Steuuenberg, Amy Yiu AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2004-2005 PDF
Liska Richer UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr, Dorothy Yip, Anthony Brunetti, John Flipse; UBC Farm: Mark Bomford, Alma Mater Society: Nancy Toogood, UBC Campus Sustainability Office: Liska Richer, Freda Pagani, Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Catherine Jacobson, Greg Rekken, Julia Wagner, Kristina Bouris, Lorenzo Magzul, Campus + Community Planning: Karly Henney, Infrastructure Development: John Metras AGSC 450 Food Land & Food Systems: Alejandro Rojas; Applied Biology: Art Bomke 2004-2005 PDF
Claudia Aguilera, Debbie Ko, Jolie Lee, Jenny Zhang, Serena Chang, Sharon Lam Campus Sustainability: Ruth Abramson; Campus Sustainability: Laura Madera COMM 468 Climate, Community, Food Sauder School of Business: Dan Putler 2004-2005 PDF
Tavish McLean, Krystal Halak, David Jiang, Celina Ramirez, Angel Avalos Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr COMM 468 Community, Finance, Food Sauder School of Business: Dylan Roth 2004-2005 PDF
Angelina Wang, Celina Jiang, Daniel Lau, Llya Margilis, Jan Kudyba Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Mike Champion COMM 490 Community, Materials Sauder School of Business: Carson Woo 2004-2005 PDF
David Bradbeer, Meghan Dusdal, Vanessa Kanhai, Yen Ting (Liz) Leung, Minh Ngo, Tara Stark, Stephanie Yee AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food, Procurement Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Jennica Joanne Hague, Heather Ramsay, Willem Wai Lun Chan, Doris Cheuk Man Kwan, Adam Steven Lukasiewicz, William Kwok Hung Tong, Hyun-Joo Kwon Alma Mater Society: Nick Gregory, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food, Procurement Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Balbir Arora, Nancy Chan, Derek Choy, Jenny Eng, Mehrdad Ghods, Pablo Gutierrez, Graham Kemp, Alvaro Reyes, Heather Schneider, Crissa Villamayor Campus & Community Planning: David Grigg, David Smith CHBE 465/540 Materials, Waste, Water Chemical and Biological Engineering Department: Dr. Royann Petrell 2003-2004 PDF