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.

Alexandra Foldes, Grace Lau, Taya Maki, Dani Shahvarani, Gelaine Siu, Jonas Spring , Michelle Wan Sai Lui UBC Food Services: Josie Midha, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Grace Foo, Jenny Lau, Karen Lung, Sarah McNeil, Madeline Simpson, Michael Siu, Matthew Wong Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Finance, Food Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Sarika Goyal, Sharon Hsi, Kenneth Law, Wendy Lu, Rob Mulligan, Nicole Spencer, Scott Weatherhead, Cindy Yin Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm: Derek Masselink, Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Justine Annandale, Claire Herman, Zahra Hussein, Sabrina Li, Sarah Poffenberger, Rosanne Smit Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Andrew Parr AGSC 450 Community, Food, Land Applied Biology: Alejandro Rojas 2001-2002 PDF
Margaret England, Winphia Koo, Jenny Li, Andrew Parr, Rolande Royer, Krista Savage, Vanessa Wang, Karry Yuen AMS Food & Beverage Department: Nancy Toogood, Retail Operations: Dorothy Yip AGSC 450 Community, Food 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
Jeff Chisholm, Vivian Hoffman Sustainability Office: Freda Pagani GEOG 447/448 Climate, Community Earth & Ocean Sciences: Douw Steyn, Sabina Shaikh 2000-2001 PDF
Rosaria Fronteddu UBC Campus Planning: Andrew Wilson PLAN 550 Community, Land School of Community & Regional Planning: Dr. Penny Gurstein 2000-2001 PDF
Kat Ao, Vivian Hoffmann, Carole Jolly Trek Program Centre: Gordon Lovegrove GEOG 400 Community, Transportation Department of Geography: Ken Denike 2000-2001 PDF