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
Franco Lopez Campomanes, Sahar Kazemeini, Anica Li, Joanna Pappo, Wei Yan Yeong Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Johnny Bridge; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Brad Vigue; UBC Library: Wendy Traas LFS 450 Climate, Food, Procurement Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2020-2021 PDF
Margaret Livingston, Danni Li, Kian Farahbakhsh-Priebe, Maya Kaufman Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau PSYC 421 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Kwan Ho Bryan Law, Candace Chau, Simran Badyal, Stephanie Stresing Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Nicholas Mantegna Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; Campus + Community Planning: Jake Li; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn FRST 248 201 Biodiversity, Buildings, Climate Forestry, Faculty of: Paul Pickell 2020-2021 PDF
Alexandra Lillywhite, Junzhi Hu, Liam Madsen, Sana Furqan, Zsófia Barta 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 Sato-Klemm, Kirkland Halliday, Emily Dart, Katie Clark Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Julia Craig, Charity Justrabo, Trisa NGO, Colton Stevens Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Brad Vigue RES 510 Biodiversity, Community, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Leila Harris 2020-2021 PDF
Stefany Baskett, Tamara Chang, Joselle Fernando, Maxime Germann, Kirstie Merkt-Caprile 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
Anisha Chopra, Delainey Ebel, Kirsten Geyer, Prabhleen Nagra, Heather Ritchie Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Lydia Bellis, Andres Garza, Paul Min, Elke Peterson, Roozbeh Shojaei 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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