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
Tracy Anderson, Tom Chen, Logan Hoffert, Jennifer Ip, Terence Lim, Kelly Macauley, Aleem Nathwani, Allan Tan, Gabriella Wan Classroom Services: Justin Marples, Kelly Simmons, Campus and Community Planning: Peter Jia COMM 436 Community Sauder School of Business: Dr. Joerg Everman 2002-2003 PDF
Lauren Hanna UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Brenda Madrazo, Juan Gabriel Solorzano Access & Diversity: Janet Mee GEOG 472 Community, Land Geography: Prof. Sally Hermansen 2002-2003 PDF
Mary Au-Yeung, Johan Coosemans, Mike Hanna, Marisa Kung, Ji Hee (Jessica) Nam, Maysoon Ramadan, Jyoti Tronson Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Infrastructure Development: John Metras, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Piryangi Jayasinghe, Neda Salehirad UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Jessica Chou, Doug McLeod, Marcy Pozar, Jessica Yee, Ada Yeung Land & Building Services: John Metras, Lee Ferrari COMM 497 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Sauder School of Business: Dr. Jeanne-Etienne de Bettignies 2002-2003 PDF
Nick Barber, Eddie Cheung, Shelly Crack, Judy Hassett, Jasmine Narciso, Eiman Raouf, Jenny Tsai Infrastructure Development: John Metras, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart; Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 PDF
Christina Bekkers, Amarjot Aulakh, Arlen Cuadra, Vicki Henley, Day Kwok, Edith Ng, Stacy Robins, Marc Turcotte Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart; Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 PDF
DNP UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Alexandre Kadijevic Sustainability Office: Jorge Marques CHBE 493/494 Climate Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. John Grace 2002-2003 PDF

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