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


SEEDS is an internationally recognized and replicated program. Applied research projects advance social, ecological and economic sustainability through impactful community-based collaborations.

SEEDS Sustainability Students

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.

Food Security Initiative

The Food Security Initiative (FSI) is partnership between UBC Wellbeing, SEEDS Sustainability Program and Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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.

Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research & Demonstration (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.

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.

Chris Bowie, Kara Epp, Jian Ji, Daryl Sherban, Dan Splawski Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 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
Tim Kester, Ryan Lush, Jake Power, Aaron Racher Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Rene Buys, Jameson Craig, Michael Rocksborough-Smith, Michael Vorhies Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Andrew Burke, Chris Johnston, Steve Page, Brendan Singbiel Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Krista Klein, Sunny Li, Maryam Niroomand, Sally Sellars, Will Waldstein Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Umeet Bhachu, Norman Chow, Andreas Christensen, Amanda Drew, Linda Ishkintana, Jerry Lu, Conrad Poon, Crissa Villamayor, Ayrien Setiaputra, Tony Yau Land & Building Services: John Metras, Lee Ferrari, Norman Woo CHBE 452/453/454 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Chemical and Biological Engineering: Dr. Jim Lim, Dr. Naoko Ellis, Dr. Madjid Mohseni 2004-2005 PDF
Ian Ashley, Daniel Beynon, Rose Chan, Paige Faulkner, Leslie Ann Gurley, Lori Leung, Chin Lin, Jasmine Meng, Lauren Nguyen, Kelsey Partridge, Dena Williams, On Ki Wong, Julie Yu Campus Security: Steve Bohnen, Emmet Russel ANSO 201A Community Anthropology & Sociology: Dr. Patricia Kachuk 2004-2005 PDF
Mark Mitchell, Pearl Wong, David Woodson, Ming Zhang Alumni Affairs: Barney Ellis-Perry MBA 500 Buildings, Energy, Finance Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan 2004-2005 PDF