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.

Les Lavkulich, Jane Lister, Yasuhiko Ogushi, Heather Scholefield, Lydia The Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Heather Scholefield RMES 500C Climate, Community, Land Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Les Lavkulich 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
Patrick Ngan Land & Building Services: Lee Ferrari CHBE 492 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. Naoko Ellis 2003-2004 PDF
Chris Glencross, David Lautner, Jeff Nelson Land & Building Services: Lee Ferrari MECH 457 Energy, Materials, Transportation, Waste Mechanical Engineering: Dr. Steven Rogak 2003-2004 PDF
Nick Mason, Alice Miro Land & Building Services: Jeff Nulty, Collin Varner; UBC Sustainability Office: Ruth Abramson; Campus Sustainability: Laura Madera GEOG 472 Community, Land Geography: Prof. Sally Hermansen 2003-2004 PDF
Paxton Bach, Geoff Bradley, Jonathan Choi Land & Food Systems: Doug Justice BIOL 352 Land Botany: Dr. Santokh Singh 2003-2004 PDF
Balbir Arora, Nancy Chan, Derek Choy, Jenny Eng, Mehrdad Ghods, Pablo Gutierrez, Graham Kemp, Alvaro Reyes, Heather Schneider, Crissa Villamayor Campus & Community Planning: David Grigg, David Smith CHBE 465/540 Materials, Waste, Water Chemical and Biological Engineering Department: Dr. Royann Petrell 2003-2004 PDF
Roberto Bosch, Nick Broekhuizen, Alex Gerbrant, Colleen Wilmer Forestry: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry: Dr. Robert Kozak 2003-2004 PDF
David Coney, Sandra Jacob, Yee Wah Lee, Adri Soewono, Mary Wong, Kenny Mok, Christina Baxter Agora Café: Agora Manager AGSC 450 Community, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2003-2004 PDF
Sarah Adee Wu, Edo Breeman, Bryan Mark, Ida Martin Trek Program Centre: Carole Jolly, Gordon Lovegrove ENVR 449 Community, Transportation Microbiology & Immunology: Dr. George Spiegelman; Science One: Prof. Christina Chociolko 2003-2004 PDF