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


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.

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.


The Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) is the first campus-wide initiative of its kind at a Canadian university.


SEEDS is an internationally recognized and replicated program. Applied research projects advance social, ecological and economic sustainability through impactful community-based collaborations.

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.

Simran (Sunny) Bapla, Yiwei Chen, Sergey Makhov, Ziad Merdas, Prudence Nakawooya, Tabata Vieira Ribas Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Grace Chiang, Shanyao Fan, Jason Ku, Chong Keng (Daniel) Lim, Ka Cheng (Kevin) Wong, Jia Ming (Peggy) Shen, Yan Zhou Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 445/446 Climate, Land, Water Civil Engineering: Patricia Keen; Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2018-2019 PDF
Sabrina Dhalla, Henry Polk, Jimena Salinas Valdespino, Brandon Southern UBC Food Services: David Speight ECON 492 Finance, Food, Procurement Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb; Your Local Farmers Market Society: Roberta LaQuaglia 2018-2019 PDF
Ramy Nassar Campus + Community Planning: Ralph Wells; UBC Properties Trust: Sean Ang; E3 Eco Group: Jacquelyne Fitchell APPP 506 Buildings, Climate, Energy None 2018-2019 PDF
Samantha Lee-Wardell, Melissa Lin, Chieh (Jeff) Sha, Alene Wong Building Operations: Clayton McMullen; Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle ENVR 400 Biodiversity, Land, Water Manuela Hayn; Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of: Tara Ivanochko; Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of: Michael Lipsen 2018-2019 PDF
Jacob George Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron APPP 506 Climate, Energy, Water Chemical and Biological Engineering: S. Alireza Bagherzadeh 2018-2019 PDF
Sarah Bishop, Alice Miao, Da In (Amy) Kim, Shenae Borschneck, Tyler Hergott, Anais Janik Building Operations Vancouver Campus: Jeff Nulty; Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory; Campus + Community Planning: John Madden; Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker FRST/LARC/FRST 490/542/551 Biodiversity, Wellbeing Forestry, Faculty of: Stephen Sheppard 2018-2019 PDF
Manvir (Mina) Sidhu, Karan Mehrotra, Kaiwen Hu Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Leith Blachford; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Colin Moore ECON 492 Finance, Food, Waste Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF
Shareen Chin Louise Griep; Equity Office: Maureen Mendoza; Equity Office: Charlene Phung PLAN 528A Community, Wellbeing School of Community and Regional Planning: Maged Senbel 2018-2019 PDF
Sarah Cooper, Anvesha Dwivedi, Thomas (Matthew) Araneta, Marcus Bockhold : Adam Hyslop; Campus + Community Planning: Chris Fay ECON 492 Finance, Food, Waste Economics, Department of: Joshua Gottlieb 2018-2019 PDF