School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

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School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)

Waterloo, Canada 

School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
University of Waterloo


The environmental and social challenges we face in Canada and globally have perhaps never been greater and more complex. At the heart of these challenges is the need to balance our economic needs with a strong sense of social justice in world of increasingly severe environmental constraint.  Achieving this balance requires a commitment to both the creation of knowledge to realize a more sustainable future and to the promotion of transformative change is the prioritized goal of SEED. 

Main Activities 

Through our teaching programs, research and outreach activities SEED is a nationally recognized leader in integrating sustainability into economic and social processes.
 Our core expertise lies across several inter-related areas:
One of the unique strengths of SEED is the bringing together of these constituent elements within the School, which enables our researchers and students to draw across disciplinary boundaries and problem domains in order to view seemingly intractable issues in new ways and from different perspectives.
In 2018, SEED researchers collectively published 8 books, 22 book chapters and 38 journal articles, as well as major reports for government and industry. SEED faculty continued to successfully attract research funding from major granting agencies, government agencies and private funders, such as foundations, NGOs and industry. New awards in 2017/2018 included grants from SSHRC (Insight & Partnership), NSERC, Mitacs, Ocean Wise Conservation Association, BioFuelNet Canada Network, Sustainable Waterloo Region, and Meapar.

Organizational Structure 

The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development was created in 2009 in order to consolidate undergraduate and graduate programs in environment and business, international development, local economic development within a single academic unit in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment. SEED has approximately 1000 students, nineteen full-time faculty members and eight staff members. Several university-level research centers are associated with SEED, including the Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation (ICCA).


Bruce Frayne
Director, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development