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Methodology and research design for assessing the UBC Food System : indicators of sustainability Anggoro, Lisayani; Moogk, Anna; Chiu, Jack; Olenick, Danica; Gordon, Miriam; Steward, Moira; Huzzey, Juliana


The purpose of the paper should be stated first. The UBC Food System (UBCFS) is currently composed of several components. These include the Sustainability Office, Sustainability Policy, Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS), the Alma Matter Society, UBC Food Services, Waste Management, the Official Community Plan, and the UBC Farm. The objective of this paper is to design a research project to assess the current sustainability status of each of these sectors in the UBCFS. Specific indicators of sustainability are aimed to measure how sustainable the UBC community is, and will help to identify problems that make the system unsustainable. The overall purpose of the project is to provide indicators and a method of carrying out the research proposal we have designed, which will be conducted by future Agricultural 450 students. In our paper we have created a map of the UBCFS as well as continuum model ranging from sustainable to unsustainable in order to measure the indicators that we have developed. This report concludes with recommendations on some of the next steps that need to be taken in order to continue to develop a more sustainable UBCFS. 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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