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
Ivan Chan, Christina Gopal, Tony Kuo, Hanne Lorentsen, Beverlee Preston, Lara Tiro, Andrew Zhong Agora Café: Agora Manager AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Lucila Diaz Villasensor, Johnathan Lu, Avind Mirtipati, Matthew Walton, Vikas Srivastava Campus Sustainability: Ruth Abramson MBA 500 Materials, Procurement Sauder School of Business: Steve Alisharan 2003-2004 PDF
Jonas Spring Municipal Services: David Smith AGRO 497 Biodiversity, Land UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Douglas Justice 2002-2003 PDF
Carlos Aquino UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Newsha Ashari, Jamie Mak UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Matthew Burke, Shaye Draper UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
David Hsieh, Yingxiang Ding UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Kristina Bouris UBC Food Services: Andrew Parr, Dorothy Yip; UBC Farm: Derek Masselink; Land & Building Services: John Metras; AMS Food Services: Nancy Toogood AGSC 450 Food Land & Food Systems: Dr. Alejandro Rojas, Ted Cathcart, Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson; Interdisciplinary Studies Program: Derek Masselink, Tony Brunetti 2002-2003 PDF
Shaun St-Amour UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Echo Xiaoqian Yan UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry Faculty: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF

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