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.

Robert Thor Haraldsson, Lisa Parker, Erin Upton Campus & Community Planning: Patrick McIssac; Land & Building Services: David Smith LARC 415 Biodiversity, Land, Water School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture: Patrick Mooney 2004-2005 PDF
Tim Kester, Ryan Lush, Jake Power, Aaron Racher Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2004-2005 PDF
Norman Chow, Yuehan Ding, Michael Lee Health Safety & Environment: Bang Dang, Ray Hryciuk, Ivan Leversage, Anita MacDonald CHBE 484 Materials, Waste Chemical & Biological Engineering: Prof Xiatao Bi, Prof. Madjid Mohseni 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
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
Ruffo Diaz, Jessica Lawson, George Lee, Mikio Matsuo, Vivian Wang AMS Food & Beverage: Nancy Toogood, Elena Cossover MBA 500 Community, Food Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan 2004-2005 PDF
Andrew Burke, Chris Johnston, Steve Page, Brendan Singbiel Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 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
Claire Barnes, Rose Chan, Yuk-Sing Cheng, Laura Fleming, Clare Hacksel, Flecia Haider, Natalie Hillary, Vikki Ireland, Lori Leung, Barry Lochrie, Jennifer Lupichuk, Sherilyn Pickering, Anthony Sage, Rick Vugtereen, Esther Whang Campus Security: Bruce Lovell, Steve Bohnen, Emmet Russell ANSO 302 Community Anthropology & Sociology: Dr. Patricia Kachuk 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