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APSC 261 sustainability project : an investigation into triple bottom line assessment of sustainable transport options Adilbayev, Alimzhan; Jaspal, Arwinder; Halas, Robert; Sukhaya, Sittinon


The UBC farm is in need of buying a pickup truck to continue its daily operations, since the current one is quite old. UBC farm representative Véronik Campbell asked the APSC 261 students to carry out research on the best potential type truck that is currently on the market. This report presents a triple-bottom line assessment on some of the types of trucks that can be used. During the research 3 types of trucks have been of a particular interest: combustion engine with a biodiesel option, hybrid and electric. This report also considers using a truck from a car co-op. Taking into account the economical, environmental and social impacts, it was suggested that the best choice would be buying an electric truck (Might-E Truck) for UBC Farm. The economical impact analyses the price of a vehicle, fuel and maintenance costs. The environmental impact analysis highlights factors such as GHG emissions and air pollutions. The social impact mainly addresses the health issues due to the air pollution produced by the trucks. 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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