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
Chike Okwara, Oluwadamilola Somoye, Parisa Eshraghi, Catalina Ospina Lozano Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; Payment & Procurement Services: Judith Fograscher CHBE 573 Climate, Energy, Transportation Chemical and Biological Engineering: Naoko Ellis 2020-2021 PDF
Aisha Zerbo, Elizabeth Jeffs, Kristian Castaneda, Liam Brown UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker-Wilson; UBC Food Services: David Speight LFS 450 Community, Food, Wellbeing Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2020-2021 PDF
Yuxin Sun, Katherine Little, Yanqi Hu, Yinan Guo, Yijin Shi Campus + Community Planning: Tawnee Milko; Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker; Campus + Community Planning: Kate Andrews PSYC 421 Climate, Community Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Sophie Galloway, Micayla Keiver, August Meyer Alma Mater Society: Saad Shoaib GEOG 371 Community, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Sean Soice, Rainier Macalalag, Serene Lam, Yingwen Feng, Katherine Little UBC Food Services: Melissa Baker-Wilson; UBC Food Services: David Speight LFS 450 Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2020-2021 PDF
Aidan Chiu, Kahlil Watson-Stewart, Viral Shah, Gongmuang Manakul, Charlotte Anderson Alma Mater Society: Claire Ewing; Alma Mater Society: Jason Pang PSYC 421 Community, Materials, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Maya Korbynn, Frank Crossley, Maria Serrano Campus + Community Planning: Kate Andrews; Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker; Sustainability and Engineering: Tawnee Milko GEOG 371 Biodiversity, Climate Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Anna Stone, Lauren Boxold, Cougar Smith, Joshua Larsen Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Darren Clay; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Brad Vigue LFS 450 Biodiversity, Food, Procurement Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2020-2021 PDF
Manuela Diaz Vargas, Peijia Ding, Amirhossein Hamed Azimi, Valeria Moncada, Bernardo Ponce de Leon 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
Evan Mark, Benjamin Lipovski, Vladimir Megan, Christina Yin Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF

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