UBC Undergraduate Research

UBC campus food guide : a responsible food system communication tool Stewart, Brianna; Neale, Rosy; Rosenberg, Rachel; Bevandick, Kirsten; Tsai, Nancy


The University of British Columbia’s food system is a leader in sustainability efforts. By continually evolving to address the needs of students, staff and faculty through various projects and initiatives placing sustainability at the forefront of its operations, UBC has created a name for itself as one of the most progressive university campuses in Canada. Unfortunately, many of these efforts go unrecognized by the UBC community due to a number of barriers involving marketing and knowledge gaps within the UBC community. The University of British Columbia Food System Project seeks to address these needs by utilizing the Faculty of Land and Food Systems’ Land, Food and Community (LFS 450) course series and its students. In January 2012, nine LFS 450 students set out to create a UBC Campus Food Guide - a comprehensive guide detailing the sustainable food efforts on campus, and with the ultimate goal of promoting the greater sustainability efforts by the University of British Columbia. Using various surveying methods including ground-truthing, Internet research, and face-to-face interviews, students sought to obtain details regarding sustainable food sourcing and procurement, production methods, and availability of food products on the UBC campus. While extensive research and data was gathered, the task of creating a physical food guide was found to require additional time and resources beyond the scope of the 2012 UBCFSP. Recommendations were made suggesting the inclusion of the UBC Campus Food Guide project for future LFS 450 classes in order to continue creating a food guide that adequately represents UBC and its status as a legitimately sustainable food system. 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.”

Item Media

Item Citations and Data


Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada