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
Grace Kyle, Mary Stockdale Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; Payment & Procurement Services: Judith Fograscher; University of British Columbia Okanagan: Leanne Bilodeau GEOG 498T Climate, Energy, Transportation Geography, Department of: Mary Stockdale 2021-2022 PDF
Leila Harris, Raihan Hassen, Jessica Koski, Gabriella Scali UBC Wellbeing: Gabriella Scali RES 505 Biodiversity, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Emily Edwards, Elina Eronen, Leila Harris, Jake Li, Penny Martyn, Simone Rawal, Larissa Santos Campus + Community Planning: Jake Li; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn RES 505 Biodiversity, Buildings, Land Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Lea Anderson, Ricky Biring, Leila Harris, Penny Martyn, Amy Stewart, Carmen Wan Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn; Resident Life & Administration: Amy Stewart; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Ricky Biring RES 505 Biodiversity, Community, Wellbeing Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Emily Edwards, Dan Forrest, Dean Gregory, Leila Harris, Marika Laird, Penny Martyn, Alina Zeng Campus + Community Planning: Dean Gregory; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn RES 510 Biodiversity, Buildings, Land Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Vanessa Amorocho, Leila Harris, Jake Li, Penny Martyn, Annika Ord, Celeste Pomer, Shuoqi Ren, Grace Schaan Campus + Community Planning: Jake Li; Campus + Community Planning: Penny Martyn RES 510 Biodiversity, Buildings, Land Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF
Azeem Adatia, Saurabh Arora, Sidd Gupta, Aarti Kamat, Nimisha Kanchi, Jorge Rada Alma Mater Society: Jason Pang; Sauder School of Business: Anisha Sandhu COMM 468 Procurement, Waste, Wellbeing Sauder School of Business: Jenny Dickson 2021-2022 PDF
Siba Saleh, Tasnia Anika, Jonathan Verett Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Colin Moore CHBE 220 Climate, Food Chemical and Biological Engineering: Jonathan Verett 2021-2022 PDF
Silvia Huang, Juan Diego Martinez Martinez (Supervisor) Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau; UBC Food Services: Darren Clay, Julianna Campbell & Marie Dixon; Campus + Community Planning: Rowan Waldron VOL 400 Climate, Food Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, Faculty of: Juan Diego Martinez & Dr. Navin Ramankutty 2021-2022 PDF
Brittney Wong, Giulia Belotti, Glory Oreoluwa, Jaden Phillips, Josh Travers, Rona MacNicol Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser RES 510 Food, Procurement, Waste Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability: Leila Harris 2021-2022 PDF

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