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Baseline inventory of the UBC food system : socially and ecologically responsible food options and action plan Chan, Cathy; Chendan, Samuel; Gaffney, Leigh; Lin, Ashley; Tang, Charlene


This is the first attempt by the University of British Columbia Food System Project to engage franchises in working towards a sustainable campus. The problem identified illustrate that franchises on campus are currently exempt from following the various strategies and initiatives set forth by the university to curb unsustainable practices. Therefore, through a Baseline Inventory of Socially and Ecologically Responsible Food Options, the team was able to evaluate the sustainability of food options at three franchises – Triple O’s, Tim Hortons and Starbucks Coffee. Although Tim Hortons and Triple O’s have implemented composting bins on-site, the current resources in place are ineffective in guiding correct waste sorting behaviour. The team collaborated with Triple O’s to categorize their packaging materials into compostable, recyclable and garbage items. Templates were created for Triple O’s to consider; however, they expressed desire to design their own signage. To demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed intervention, temporary signage were put up at Triple O’s; surveys conducted at the restaurant during peak hours were compared to pre-intervention observations. Through the survey, improvements were noted after signs were in place. Recommendations to stakeholders involved are given based on data and observations collected. 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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