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

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.

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.

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.

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 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
Susie He, Liam Hart, Daanish Sayani, Rachel Henderson Shiloh Bouvette, Campus + Community Planning; David Gill, Campus + Community Planning; Deb Pickman, Theatre and Film, Department of GEOG 371 Buildings, Community, Wellbeing Vanessa Banta, The Department of Geography 2019-2020 PDF
Alicia Kiing, Emi Wong, Emily Chong, Jerry Yan, Lilian Ng Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Buildings, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Simonne Mikolay, Felice Chen, Martina Gershon, Tala Khalil, Jackie Riddell, Julie Youjin Jung Paul Foote, Campus + Community Planning; David Righter, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability VOL 400 Materials, Procurement, Waste Xiaotao Bi, Chemical and Biological Engineering 2019-2020 PDF
Halie Garnier, Stephanie Jamieson, Sierra Labron, Gary Minhas, Katie Rispin Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Buildings, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Benjamin Heo, Janet Li, Sheng Ting Yang, Nanqi Xu Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning LFS 450 Community, Food, Waste Liska Richer, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of 2019-2020 PDF
Nelson Yeung, Raeanne Sun, Ryan Tsang, Jennie Chen, Eric Hoang Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Buildings, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Stephanie Lin, Joy Jiao, Emma Gangbar Natasha Moore, VP Students LFS 450 Community, Food, Wellbeing Liska Richer, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of 2019-2020 PDF
Angelica Rossi, Chayse Olson, Jun Hong, Pritpal (Prit) Gill, Robell Mekonen Adam Hyslop, Campus + Community Planning KIN 464 Community, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Lyncee Dela Cruz, Miluska Bravo Vela, Ojinika Udeze, Hafsa Ahmed Nelly Leo, Campus + Community Planning; Sara Kozicky, Office of the VPRI LFS 450 Community, Food, Wellbeing Liska Richer, Land and Food Systems, Faculty of 2019-2020 PDF
Christina Hu, Harry Sidhu, Jaime Wong, Courtney Woodward, Amanda Wright Adam Hyslop, Campus + Community Planning KIN 464 Community, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF

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