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A triple-bottom line investigation into the feasibility of the integration of the Eco-To-Go program in the new Student Union Building Huq, Nabeel; Lee, Manny; Luo, David


The following report outlines whether the new Student Union Building (SUB) that is being built on UBC’s Point Grey campus, should offer a program that allows students and faculty members to receive a reusable container which they can use to store their food products. This program is called the Eco-To-Go program and it has already been adopted by many other institutions for providing people with a sustainable way of storing their food when traveling from place to place. Whether the new SUB should also adopt this program is approached with the use of a triple bottom line assessment. The triple bottom line assessment consists of assessments regarding the social, economical and environmental impact of new SUB’s use of this program. The Research for these topics were gathered through websites, government documents, academic papers and feedback from institutions that have used the Eco-To-Go program in the past. The social impact is on the students and faculty members who would make use of this program. It looks at the number of people that will be projected to make use of this program from the results of anonymous surveys. On average 35% of people on the survey showed interest on using this program. The economical assessment regarded the AMS run businesses and the cost of purchasing, distribution and cleaning these containers which fell to within the budget of using disposable containers which the AMS currently uses. The environmental assessment prefers the use of reusable containers against the disposable containers that is currently used in the SUB to reduce waste generated and to move forward with UBC’s sustainability plans. In conclusion, based on the points that are outline above, it is advantageous for the new SUB to incorporate the Eco-To-Go program to the students and faculty members of UBC. 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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