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

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 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.

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.

Biodiversity
Buildings
Climate
Community
Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
DNP UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Forestry, Faculty of: Robert Kozak 2002-2003 PDF
Danielle Blond, Michelle Drissler, Freddy Hubert, Ellen Lam, May Ngai, Tanya Schimpl, Thara Varghese Interdisciplinary Studies, College for: Jake Grady, Julia Jamieson, 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
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
DNP UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest: Ken Day WOOD 465 Materials Faculty of Forestry: Robert Kozak 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
Caryn Brighten, Michelle Ducommun, Cecilia Hui, Jessica Lau, June Ngai, Jennifer Setianto, Tanya Warrington 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; College for Interdisciplinary Studies: Ted Cathcart 2002-2003 PDF
Alexandre Kadijevic Sustainability Office: Jorge Marques CHBE 493/494 Climate Chemical & Biological Engineering: Dr. John Grace 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
Alvina Lee, Ingrid Elisia, Barry Shin, Marina Rommel, Merima Kostecki, Maggie Wilson, Suzy Nie 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
Prentice Durbin, Frank Fa, Meredith Kennedy, Christina Li, Brett Potvin, Uli Schulze Suedhoff Land & Building Services: John Metras MBA 500 Land Sauder School of Business: Prof. Steve Alisharan, Dr. Tony Boardman, Dr. Peter Frost, Dr. Sally Maitlis, Dr. Peter Nemetz 2002-2003 PDF

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