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
Samantha Knapton, Harjot Thandi, Hannah Nelson, Sadaf Sajian Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Shalini Nanayakkara Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau VOL 500 Climate, Community, Food Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability: Jiaying Zhao 2020-2021 PDF
Deepinder Bajwa, Ray Han, JinSong Hu, Tang Shun Mai, Bastien Moy, Kyle Tam Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Jueun Oh, Morgan Lorenz, Jennifer Nipp, Nikki Stewart Hunter, Karmen Leong Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Alexander Wong Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research: Tara Moreau VOL 400 Biodiversity, Climate, Community Science, Faculty of: Michelle Tseng 2020-2021 PDF
Benny Orr, Davis Su, Hamed Barkh, Jiabei Qiu, Shota Inoda, Xin Yue Luo Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Mandy Che, Juan Diaz Nieto, Jacqueline Molnar, Kaitlyn Wong Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Kristian Biela, Dylan Galovich, Dylan Grier, Cao Gu, Benjamin Maquignaz, Stephen Martin, Braeden McCowan Campus + Community Planning: Krista Falkner CIVL 446 Climate, Community, Transportation Civil Engineering: Yahya Nazhat 2020-2021 PDF
Deborah Burian, Emma Feldinger, Brian Wallack, Rori Wood Athletics & Recreation: Alyssa Reyes; Student Recreation Centre: Emily Jarvis KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Kinesiology, School of: Andrea Bundon 2020-2021 PDF
Vicky Kim Risk Management Services: Danny Smutylo; UBC Climate Hub: Adriana Laurent GRS 497E Climate, Community, Food Land and Food Systems, Faculty of: Les Lavkulich 2020-2021 PDF

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