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
Mengshan Li, Yumi Lingjie Ma, Haruka Masuda, Jack Wang, Hanxiang Xu, Kelly Yeung : Juliana Cambell; : Darren Clay; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron PSYC 421 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Nicole Wrona, Adam Kornder, Huijing Liu, Arjun Hothi, Niusha Vakil Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
John Zhang, Raveen Duhra, Sandy Liu, Sichan Li, Yanbing Shi, Yixin Cao Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn PSYC 421 Climate Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Mingxin Jiang, Xichang Jia, Yorke Song, Yudie Li : Juliana Cambell; : Darren Clay; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron PSYC 421 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Pauline Helmke, Payton LaGrange, Garrin McDonnell, Munryan Purewal, Colton Rodger Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Climate, Transportation Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Kanwartaj Gill, Jaspreet Mahal, Chelsea Zmetana, Shawn Badesha, Jason Dong Equity Office: Charlene Phung KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF
Chloe Fisher, Amy Tan, Jo Hempelmann, Raffi Santos, Kevin Mohajer, Ethan Austin Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker PSYC 421 Climate Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Alice Pham, Anderson Luan, Ishgun Matta, James Chi, Jessica Li, Shawn Liu Sustainability and Engineering: Emma Luker PSYC 421 Climate Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Jahaan Sadarangani, Khushi Almoula, Fernanda Lyrio de Melo Moura P., Shadib Hossain : Juliana Cambell; : Darren Clay; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron PSYC 421 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2021-2022 PDF
Shannon Song, Janessa Toye, Alaine Chartrand, Kaitlyn Schlappner Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Negin Riazi 2021-2022 PDF

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