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.

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 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.

Alicia Kiing, Victor Luk, Lilian Ng, Karen Tam, Caroline Wu : Alyssa Reyes; : Darren Stolz KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2019-2020 PDF
Ashley Matthews, Jennifer Vincent Theatre and Film, Department of: Deb Pickman SOCI 380 Buildings, Community, Wellbeing Anthropology, Department of: Kerry Greer 2019-2020 PDF
Thivya Viswanthan Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Energy and Water: Blair Antcliffe; Energy and Water: Joshua Wauthy APPP 506 Buildings, Energy, Water Chemical and Biological Engineering: Alireza Bagherzadeh 2019-2020 PDF
Charlotte Choi, Alicia Chow, Carol Hu, Amanda Kwan, Subinuer Paerhati Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker SOCI 380 Biodiversity, Land, Wellbeing Anthropology, Department of: Kerry Greer 2019-2020 PDF
Carissa Kirk Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Facilities Planning: Leigh Clark VOL 400 Community, Finance, Waste Sauder School of Business: Elizabeth Bowker 2019-2020 PDF
Faye Abella, Anika Cheng, Mika Fogelman, Bianca Magdangal, Margaret Pham : Alyssa Reyes; : Darren Stolz KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Bryna Kopelow 2019-2020 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
Jeffrey Cheok, Derek Ip, Ryan Kainth, Chiu Chun (Wenny) Lin, Rachael Zhang : Olivia Yung; Kinesiology, School of: Matt Fagan; Kinesiology, School of: Thalia Otamendi KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2018-2019 PDF
Adam Tutinka, Edgar Dumandan, Dylan Cosman, Linda Cheng, Cheuk Shan (Samantha) Lo, Wendi (Wen Qing) Liu Alma Mater Society: Michael Kingsmill; Arts, Faculty of: Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham PSYC 321 Buildings, Health, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 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