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 : Rowan Waldron; Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; Payment & Procurement Services: Judith Fograscher; University of British Columbia Okanagan: Leanne Bilodeau GEOG 498T Climate Geography, Department of: Grace Kyle, Mary Stockdale, 2021-2022 PDF
Yu Le Chen, Allan Fan, Lilian Vuong, Shiqi Wang, Wing Yue Yuen, Shiyi Zhang Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Madison Brown, Mu-Yun Lai, Stefan Lehto-Borich, Nicholas Starink, Anisha Sandhu Campus + Community Planning: Bud Fraser; Student Housing and Hospitality Services: Paula McCready LFS 450 Food, Procurement, Waste Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Liska Richer 2020-2021 PDF
Briana Chan, Jonah Escarcha, Jason Liu, Tanya Lui, Maarja von Schulmann Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Gabriella Monagan, Breno Chan, Karimat Okunlola, Jasmin Jhaj, Lauren Lee, Theresa Leung Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 446 Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Chike Okwara, Oluwadamilola Somoye, Parisa Eshraghi, Catalina Ospina Lozano Campus + Community Planning: Maximilian Kniewasser; Payment & Procurement Services: Judith Fograscher CHBE 573 Climate, Energy, Transportation Chemical and Biological Engineering: Naoko Ellis 2020-2021 PDF
Anthony Legaspi, Hin To Chan, Idris Mohammed, Shivani Jiandani, Malaaika Balasubramaniam Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Kaede Durrant, Andrew Nickel, Andrew Miller, Natalie Jane McRae, Anha Nubaira, Xiaoying Qin Campus + Community Planning: Doug Doyle CIVL 446 Land, Water Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Sophie Galloway, Micayla Keiver, August Meyer Alma Mater Society: Saad Shoaib GEOG 371 Community, Wellbeing Arts, Faculty of: Bonnie Kaserman 2020-2021 PDF
Allison Chun, Anne Romaizzane Ignacio, Christina Stewart, Miselta Ihekwoaba Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF

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