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Improving Arts Undergraduate Society’s sustainability practices through inventory management & waste reduction Alemayehu, Zeynya; Khan, Hafsa; Khanna, Shivangi; Nyein, Khaing Aye; Yang, Yi; Zano, Beatrice


In partnership with UBC’s Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Program, the 504 team conducted a three-month long project that endeavoured to improve sustainability practices of the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) through the introduction of improved inventory management tools and post-event waste reduction practices. This report provides a detailed analysis and evaluation of the current AUS’s sustainability practice of events. Methods of information collection include interviews, focus group discussion, site visiting and observation. All related documents can be found in the appendices. The information we collected show that AUS has no standard policy or system for event management. Also, AUS doesn’t organize the leftover from the events. Therefore, AUS is facing the problems of over purchasing of goods for events, which creates many wastes. Based on the situation analysis, the report discusses the two main objectives to solve the sustainability issues, which are: 1. Improve AUS's standard operating system for event purchases 2. Tackle waste production related to events at AUS Recommendations discussed to meet the goals include: 1. Developing the efficient inventory management system 2. Reducing waste via the use of reusable items and the encouragement of behaviour change towards waste reduction. 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.”

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