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.

John Collin Soriano, Soo Bin Seo, Troy Okazaki, Ece Bulut, Akash Deo Campus + Community Planning: Tawnee Milko PSYC 421 Climate, Health, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Emma Gillies, Georgia Green, Eun Hye Lee, Shanti Thurber Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker RES 510 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Siyu Mao Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; UBC Sustainability Initiative: Colton Kasteel; UBC Sustainability Initiative: Liam Orme VOL 500 Climate, Energy Arts, Faculty of: Jessica Dempsey 2020-2021 PDF
Eugene Eweka Energy and Water: Blair Antcliffe APPP 506C Climate Chemical and Biological Engineering: Vladan Prodanovic 2020-2021 PDF
Simone Rawal, Elizabeth Jackson, Taya Triffo, Lindah Ddamba, Diana Bedolla Lopez, Jie Sun, Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje Arts and Culture District: Deb Pickman RES 510 Climate, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Xuan Chen, Nishika Kulkarni, Xueying Liuxu, LuQi Liu, Wenqi Fan Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Campus + Community Planning: Aubrey McIlwraith-Black PSYC 421 Community, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Nikolette Sidiropoulos, Josephine Pan, Montana Norberg, Pascale Pedersen-Arseneau, Amy Wilkie Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Bronwyn Neufeld Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent GRS 497E Climate, Community, Food Faculty of Land and Food Systems: Les Lavkulich 2020-2021 PDF
Carly Hamdon, Justin Huynh, Atlanta-Marinna Grant, Kate Mussett RES 510 Climate, Community, Health Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Amzy Vallenas Arévalo, Davi Monticelli, Julia Antoniw, Victoria French Alma Mater Society: Claire Ewing; Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill; Alma Mater Society: Jason Pang; Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Energy and Water: Julie West CHBE 573 Climate, Energy Chemical and Biological Engineering: Naoko Ellis 2020-2021 PDF