UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into types of display board and interactive Ton, Hason; de Vera, John; Fong, Joshua; Twist, Theo


This report investigates the feasibility and effects of putting in a display board in the new Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Through the use of articles and past surveys, this report finds that UBC needs to communicate their initiatives in a better fashion. This document also reinforces the need to have a proper marketing perspective for a positive impact of the community. A display board is the ideal way to communicate an eco-friendly lifestyle. Installing a display board is feasible if the stakeholders decide on multiple projector based displays, as this option offers the best environmental, social and economic trade-offs. The content to be displayed must be interactive and dynamic to effectively keep the community's attention. It is important to note that there is a marked reduction in a user’s overall information acquisition with time. Hence, all recommendations implemented in the display board should have a positive effect on the UBC community. Using the triple bottom line assessment, it was found that projectors are not only economically attractive due to its low cost and ease of maintenance but also environmentally- and user-friendly. The display content ought to be frequently updated to prevent losing the interest of the SUB users on campus matters and sustainability development. Energy consumption metrics and Twitter were found to be effective in increasing environmental awareness and promoting sustainable use of resources. It is recommended to set up a student committee to manage the display content to promote student involvement in UBC’s sustainability efforts. All in all, the recommendations made in this report are believed to have positive economic, environmental, and social impacts on the SUB users in general and the UBC population as a whole. 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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