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
Tsz Hm (Anson) Lau : Adriana Lopez Villalobos; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Daniel Mosquin FCOR 599 Biodiversity, Buildings, Climate Forestry, Faculty of: Paul Pickell 2021-2022 PDF
Richard Galazzo, Melinda Deines, Riley Siebel : Darren Clay; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; UBC Food Services: Juliana Campbell VOL 500 Climate Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Josh Bian, Joshua Chong, George Gu, Alvin Lok, Simar Sidhu, Jason Wongso Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2021-2022 PDF
Tsz Hm (Anson) Lau : Adriana Lopez Villalobos; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Daniel Mosquin FCOR 599 Biodiversity, Buildings, Climate Forestry, Faculty of: Paul Pickell 2021-2022 PDF
Jessica Yamamoto, Natalie Harris, Danie Benetton, Mansi Dhaundiyal Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Colin Moore VOL 500 Climate Chemical and Biological Engineering: Jonathan Verrett 2021-2022 PDF
Evan Kear, Bagas Linanda, Nish Manesh, Josh McAllister, Joseph McNeilly, Omeid Niyaz Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2021-2022 PDF
Courtney Stevens : Adriana Lopez Villalobos; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Daniel Mosquin FCOR 599 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Forestry, Faculty of: Paul Pickell 2021-2022 PDF
Elina Eronen, Dana Johnson, Kah Mun Wan Building Operations: Tamas Weidner; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn RES 510 Biodiversity, Land, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Abdulrehman Khan, Aliya Zhang, David Huang, Peter Ehrlich, Mayank Tiwary, Shadab Haque Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2021-2022 PDF
Yujie Chen Campus + Community Planning: John Madden (C+CP); Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker FCOR 599 Biodiversity, Buildings, Climate Forestry, Faculty of: Paul Pickell 2021-2022 PDF

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