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.

Jamie Li, Henry Tang, Marie Claire Anderson Dustin Gray, Department of Geography; Gabriele Woolever, Department of Geography; Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning GEOG 371 Procurement, Waste Vanessa Banta, Department of Geography 2019-2020 PDF
Melisha Charles, Cassandra Jeffery, Shivangi Khanna, Nyoman Wirawan Nikki Sugitha, Keyon Yang Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning GPP 581 Climate, Community, Transportation Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Adam Hicks Emma Luker, Campus + Community Planning RES 505 Biodiversity, Land, Wellbeing Leila Harris, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Leona Lu, Therese Arlette, David Minic Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning; Rowan Waldron, Campus + Community Planning POLI 450 Transportation Kathryn Harrison, Political Science, Department of 2019-2020 PDF
Chelsea Craig, Adriana Valentina Farias, Jimin Park, Pulkit Kathuria, Bruce Pagnucco, Charles Pan, Xuerou Wang PLAN 522 Buildings, Transportation, Wellbeing Nora Angeles, Centre for Human Settlements 2019-2020 PDF
Neetu Dha, Nicole Hui, Onyx Yu, Aaron Li Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning GEOG 371 Buildings, Water, Wellbeing Vanessa Banta, The Department of Geography 2019-2020 PDF
Carly McGregor, Claire Ewing, Erika Luna Perez, Hannah Barnard-Chumik Penny Martyn, Campus + Community Planning RES 502 Biodiversity, Buildings, Community Leila Harris, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
A.Al-Shakarji,A.Wang,A.Ferreira,A.Martin,A.Tian,A.Rueter,B.Hu,B.Yin,B.Wu,E.Sawada-Tse,E.Liang,F.Sow,F.Koepf,F.Chan,H.Yan,H.chen,J.Rusheleau,J.Deland,J.Gao,J.Li,J.Chu,J.Chai,J.Lam,K.Phuong,K.Reeder,K.Chau,K.Rude,L.Olson,M.Nikolovski,M.Santacruz,M.Zollmann,M.Moore,M.Cai,M.Kim,M.Wong,N.Mantegna,O.Law,O.Harris,Q.Li,Q.Zhao,Q.Wang,R.Liu,R.Gonzalez,R.Hendy,R.Ma,S.Wang,S.Brunoro,S.Damian,T.Wick,T.Huen,X.Chen,X.Jiang,X.An,X.Cao,X.Zhang,Y.Kang,Y.Ren,Y.Yan,Y.Shen,Y.Zhang,Y.Pan,Y.Zhu,Y.Chen,Y.Li,Y.Du,Z.Lin Dean Gregory, Campus & Community Planning; John Madden, Campus & Community Planning; Jeff Nulty, Building Operations UFOR 101 Biodiversity, Climate, Land Tahia Devisscher, Faculty of Forestry; Andrew Almas, Faculty of Forestry 2019-2020 PDF
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
Aubrey McIlwraith-Black Bud Fraser, Campus + Community Planning VOL 400 Climate, Waste Jon Nakane, Materials Engineering 2019-2020 PDF