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.

Mairin Barclay, Shannon Cockburn, Amy Hsu, Chi Wai Lee, Kyla Reichmuth, Gary Tam, Mandy Young Infrastructure Development: John Metras, AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Magda Dominik Land and Building Services: David Smith AGRO 400 Community, Land Land and Food Systems: Dr. Murray Isman 2001-2002 PDF
Edmond Ao, Teddy Ao, Angeline Tin Htun, Linda Wong Classroom Services: Justin Maples, Kelly Simmons, Campus and Community Planning: Peter Jia COMM 436 Materials Sauder School of Business: Dr. Joerg Evermann 2001-2002 PDF
Emily Cheung, Jennifer Gamel, Suzanne Idle, Janey Leung, Alison Richter, Yuliana Tedyatmadjaya, Holly Vivier UBC Food Services: Don Sannachan AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Marc Soehngen Land & Building Services: Hazen Sise ARCH 500 Community, Materials SALA: Chris MacDonald; SALA: Nicolas Scott 2001-2002 PDF
Vinci Ching, Paul Gazzola, Karen Juzkow, Kenrick Kan, Tina Lin, Caroline Wark, Eman Yeung Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Food, Materials, Waste Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Amy Moizumi University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens: Doug Justice, Plant Operations: David Smith AGRO 400 Biodiversity, Land Land & Food Systems: Dr. Murray Isman 2001-2002 PDF
Peter Chiu, Katarina Glavas, Rema Khaul, Ivan Lau, Tracy Lo, Annie Rosen, Vojislav Trkulja Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink AGSC 450 Community, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Martin Peter Land & Building Services: Hazen Sise ARCH 500 Community, Materials SALA: Chris MacDonald; SALA: Nicolas Scott 2001-2002 PDF
Jia An Zu, Tabassum Firoz, Emily Kwan, Doris Lo, Cynthia Mak, Karyn Schnick, Sally Shum UBC Food Services: Laura Lowry AGSC 450 Community, Finance, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF