Growing out of UBC’s “Campus as a Living Laboratory” approach, SEEDS became Western Canada’s first academic operational program to integrate students’ enthusiasm for sustainability with faculty members’ research experience, and staff members’ expertise in order to advance UBC’s ambitious sustainability goals. Since its creation in late 2000, SEEDS has evolved to play a critical role in helping the university develop and achieve its ambitious targets and broader commitments to sustainability and wellbeing.
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We advance UBC's leadership in sustainability by convening and catalyzing community-based partnerships and actionable solutions towards ecological human health and wellbeing by empowering and mobilizing students to make meaningful and positive change at UBC and in the world.
Utilize the Campus as a Living Laboratory to co-create impactful student research opportunities and interdisciplinary partnerships that advance UBC’s ambitious sustainability and wellbeing commitments and create scalable solutions to critical societal issues.
SEEDS Sustainability Program directly supports UBC’s rapidly evolving sustainability and wellbeing commitments to create scalable solutions to critical societal issues.
Our goals are to:
1. Advance strategies to achieve UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as they align with the University's strategic priorities.
2. Catalyze impactful applied research experiences that empower and equip students to explore and develop solutions to societal challenges and advance UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments.
3. Foster and strengthen interdisciplinary partnerships between campus students, faculty, staff, and community.
4. Integrate operational and academic efforts in sustainability that connect UBC’s curriculum to its sustainability mandate.
5. Co-create and amplify knowledge through meaningful community engagement that translates and mobilizes knowledge into actions.
6. Generate scalable solutions to critical societal issues that leverage the Campus as a Living Laboratory.
Core principles guide SEEDS work and are integral in our approach to achieve our mission and vision.
SEEDS has engaged more than 10,000 senior undergraduate and graduate students, UBC faculty, staff, and community partners. Research produced through the SEEDS program has made tangible impacts and influenced decision-making in advancing UBC's commitment to sustainability and wellbeing.