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Sustainability DeBETAbility : is the Beta House ecologically sustainable? Cheung, Ada; Cheung, Candy; Dilgir, Sapna; Parsons, Dallas; Robertson, Jessica; Wong, Joyce Apr 3, 2002

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UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report       Sustainability DeBETAbility: Is the Beta House Ecologically Sustainable? Ada Cheung, Candy Cheung, Sapna Dilgir, Dallas Parsons, Jessica Robertson, Joyce Wong  University of British Columbia AGSC 450 April 3, 2002           Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report”.   1  TABLE OF CONTENTS  Pag e  1.  Abstract……………………………………………………………………………..2 2.  Introduction…………………………………………………………………………3 3.  The Beta House……………………………………………………………………..3 4.  Value Assumptions………………………………………………………………….4 5.  Problem Statement…………………………………………………………………..4 6.  Organic………………………………………………………………………………6 7.  Composting………………………………………………………………………….7 8.  Recycling…………………………………………………………………………….7 9.  Buy Local…………………………………………………………………………….8 10.  Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………....9 11.  Appendix 1 – Interview Questions…………………………………………………..11 12.  References……………………………………………………………………………12  10  There fore, prior to int rod ucing an y of ou r su ggest ions for the implementat ion of mor e ecolo gicall y sust ainable practi c es at t he Bet a House, we reco mm end that the members be educat ed and invol ve d in definin g sust ainabili ty withi n th e bounda rie s of their food s yst em.      In orde r to en ga ge in ecolo gic all y ac cepta ble behavior, parti cipants of the UBC food s ystem must reco gniz e the links between the farme r and th e consum er, the poll uti on and social inequiti es associat ed with conv enti onal food produ cti on, the ex ist ence of local prod uce (e. g. th e UBC Far m), the avail abil it y of sust ainabili t y educ ati ona l resourc es (e. g. UBC Ca mpus Sustainabil it y Office) and updated rese arc h.  It is also important t o reco gniz e and app re cia te that the Beta House m e mbers hav e mad e some att empt s to live in a mor e environmentall y friendl y manner. As mentioned above, the y rec ycle be er cans, avoid the use of dispo sable dishes, use mini mal ener g y fo r heat an d, waste ver y litt le food.  Although thi s pape r is onl y a refl ecti on of one frat ernit y house, we beli eve that our recomm end ati ons can be int roduced to other fraternit y houses on UBC campus . In ord er to successfull y implement s ustainable chan ges to the enti re frate rnit y food s ys tem, futur e groups wil l have to acc ept the ch all enge to mak e small cha nges, which can be buil t upon to eventuall y mak e lar ge ch an ges. In addit i on, it must be reco gniz ed that the impa cts of small chan ges have the potential to affe ct not only the lo cal re gion in whic h the y we r e made, but on the enti re global s ystem. We hope that future groups will buil d upon our recomm endati ons and propose s ystems in which to sust ain them. Althou gh we hav e chosen to focu s on ecologi cal sust ain a bil it y, future groups will uncover m an y opportuni t ies to ex plore the chan nels of economi c and s ocial sust ainabili t y in al l components of the UBC Food S yst em.    11  Appendix 1 - Interview Questions  Social How would you define s ustainabil it y? Do you thi nk your food s ys tem is sust ainable? Why or wh y not? Do you have an y su ggesti ons about how it could be more sust ainable? Are you awar e that ther e is a U.B.C . Sustainabil it y Office on campus ?  How man y people do yo u serve in a t ypic al da y? How man y meals? Who ha s access to your food service? How man y people are in volved in the mana geme nt of your food s ystem (p urchasin g/re ceivi n g, prepar ati on, mana gem ent)? How do you accomm oda te indivi duals with relation to all er gies and ve geta rians? How do you decide what foods to bu y? Do the residents have an y input ? What is the go al of yo ur food servic e (e. g. is it to provide afford able, nutrit ious food, or to make a profit ? )  Economical How much stora ge sp ac e do you hav e (f r id ge, free z er, pantr y) and do es thi s affe ct how often yo u pur chase food? How often do you pur cha se food? Who are your food and suppl y dist ributors? Do you have contr acts with them? Do you do bid contracti n g? Do you do group purchasin g with oth er establi shm ents in orde r to get lower pri ces? Do you mak e an effo rt to bu y loc al B.C. produ cts, food from the UBC fa rm or or ganic food products? Wh y or wh y not? Do you curr entl y grow an y of you r food? Would yo u like to? If so, how would you su ggest goin g about it? Ho w do the residents p a y for the food (e. g. pr epai d food plan? )? Tell me about how the meal plan operat es?  Do you mak e a profit , or is the mone y used sim pl y to cover costs ? How man y people wo rk in the kitchen? What perc enta ge of you r staff are st udents?  Ecological Do you have a waste ma nagement s ystem in plac e i.e. Do you rec ycl e or compos t? Wh y or wh y not? Does the system wo rk eff ecti vel y? Is the re a lot of food wast ed?  Are dispo sable dishes av ail able to residents?  Additional  If you could, what would yo u ch an ge about the fo od s ystem in which you operate? Is there anything you would like to tell me about your food system, that I haven’t asked?    12  References Certified Organic Association of B.C.  www.ce rtif iedor ganic.b c.c a  Upda ted Januar y 1, 2001. Access ed on Mar ch 28, 2002.  The Compost Resource Page. www.old growth.o r g  Upd ated on April 1, 20 01. Access ed on Mar ch 28, 2002.  Feenstra, Gail W.  1997: “Local food systems and sustainable communities”. American Journal of Alternative Agriculture . Vol. 12, November, pp. 28-36.  Kloppenburg, J. & S. Lezberg.  1996: “Getting it straight before we eat ourselves todeath: From food s ystem to foodsh ed in the 21 st  Century”. Society & Natural Resources . Vol. 9, pp. 93 -96.  Kloppenburg, J., S. Lexberg, K. De Master, G. W. Stevenson & J. Hendrickson.  2000: “Tasting food, tasting sustainability: Defining the attributes of an alternative food system with competent, ordinary people”. Human Organizations . Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 177-186.  Meter, K. and J. Rosales.  2001: Finding Food in Farm Country: The Economics of Food and Farming in Southeast Minnesota.  Hiawatha’s Pantry Project. Lanesboro, Minnesota: C omm unit y Design Cent er  Murdy, W.H. 1993:  “Anthropocentrism: A Modern View.”  In Armstrong S. & Botz ler, R. 1993, Environmental Ethics.  Divergence and Convergence. McG raw Hil l, Toron to.  Pp. 302 -310.  Read, Nicholas.  2001: “Organic farmers threatened with fines: Marketing boards want t h em to joi n the system”. Vancouver Sun . April 2.  The Recycling Directory.  www.re c ycli n g.or g.uk  Updated on Febru ar y 12 , 2001. Access ed on March 28, 2002.  Welsh, J. and R. MacRae.  1998: “Food citizenship and co mm unit y food securit y: Lessons from Toronto, Canada”. Canadian Journal of Developmental Studies . Vol. 21, Special Issue. pp. 237-248.  Whitman, DB.  2000: “Genetically modified foods: Harmful or helpful?” Cambridge Scientific Abstracts . April , pp. 1-4.  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