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.

Amalee Truong, Lauren Ebert, Crystal Yu, Kaori Yoshii, Bryna Turk : Darren Clay; : Jennifer Lipka; : David Speight LFS 450 Climate, Food, Waste : Liska Richer; : Rowan Waldron 2021-2022 PDF
Cindy Ling, Chris Loo, Natalie Ram, Tarandeep Dhillon Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Sarah Clarke, Liana Salviejo, Julia Taylor, Vicky Kim, Luke Schleindl, Ashley Bell : Jenifer Lipka; : Victoria Wakefield; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; UBC Wellbeing: Sara Kozicky LFS 450 Biodiversity, Climate, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2021-2022 PDF
Egidio Cantarella, Claire Cossarini, Hassy Fashina Bombata, Courtney Hillier Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Brandon Arrance, Jennifer Hong, Martin Dong, Matthew Kuan, Nathan Shum Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Climate, Transportation Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Yiran Song, Rachel Shi, Mellisa Han, Vickena Wei Sauder School of Business: Anisha Sandhu ECON 490 Climate, Finance, Food, Procurement Economics, Department of: Jonathan Graves 2021-2022 PDF
Michelle Li, Tahir Mawji, Chris Park, Megan Toi, Cyrus Yang Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Climate, Transportation Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Yu Luo : Juliana Campbell; : Darren Clay; : Brad Vigue; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron VOL 500 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Kelsey Leung Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn; UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau APBI 495 Climate Land and Food Systems Orchard Garden: Kristen Walker 2021-2022 PDF