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
Lorna Chan, Lisa Francescutti, Jenny Kan, Lester Luk, Vahid Omidvar, Fulroop Thandi, Melissa Yap Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Katherine Cheng, Ina Gershtein, Sarah Hewko, Katie Martinolich, Kirsten Pinkerton, Jana Sivapatham, Jenny Su Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Infrastructure Development: John Metras, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Mona Cheng, Joel Gfeller, Matthew Klaponski, Lisa May, Margot Pittaway, Taeya Stanley, Julianne Sun Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Mariette Macrander, Catherine Parisone, Evelyn Kislig, Hafiz Karmali, Alex Strachan, Maria Chang, Angus Fu Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Cindy Chen, Nathan Funk, Laura Kiehlbauch, Veronica Lawhead, Andrealynn Manaois, Sarah Pearce, Niki Strutynski, Cecilia Yong Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Josephine Sham, Theresia Wijono, Chris Brocklesby, Andrea Lawseth, Carla Dunkley, Amy Ngan, Shiu-Kay Hung Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Derek Masselink, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Group 7 Students AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood; Infrastructure Development: John Metras; Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Derek Masselink; Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, College for Interdisciplinary Studies: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; College of Interdisciplinary Studies: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Jonathan Burnham, Kirsten Elliot, Patricia Imlah, Angel Li, Charles Nip, Satnam Sidhu, Nate Wong AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood; Infrastructure Development: John Metras; College for Interdisciplinary Studies: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson; Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Derek Masselink; Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas; Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Adriana Calabrese, Grace Fong, Gretsi Isac, Keri Smith, Paris Marshall, Pauline Wong, Ruby O Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, 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, Land Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Ted Cathcart; Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2002-2003 PDF
Chatura Dilgir, Sachie Kamakura, Kameldeep Khangura, Wendy Lo, Megan Lockhart, Mike Nugent, Ajit Sandhar Agora Café: Agora Manager; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF

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