UBC Undergraduate Research

Food system sustainability in University Boulevard Neighbourhood Cheung, Karen; Graves, Mairi; Lau, Clarine; Ng, Teddy; Simmons, Ashley; Winardi, Anastasia; Wren, Anna


A strategy for food system sustainability in University Boulevard Neighbourhood (UBN) in UBC’s University Town is presented. Lack of consideration for food system sustainability in UBC planning documents is recognized. The extent of this problem is defined using findings from AGSC 450 colleagues in 2005 (groups 5 &12), Richer’s UBC Food Systems Project (UBCFSP) 2005 summary, peer-reviewed articles, and campus planning documents. The 7 Guiding Principles of the UBCFSP are discussed. Constructive criticism is given to better integrate the three elements of sustainability into these principles. Christopher Mare’s paper is used as a foundation to develop a framework for an eco-village. Ithaca and Los Angeles eco-villages are presented as case study models for UBN. A vision for a sustainable food system in UBN must incorporate ecological, social, and spiritual balance. As food systems are dynamic, this vision must be adaptable to allow for modification. Based on this vision, four key recommendations are proposed to achieve food system sustainability in UBN. These include: expose all UBCFSP stakeholders to the rationale for inclusion of food system sustainability at the policy level; create a UBC Food Policy Council using UBN as a pilot project to prove its efficacy; incorporate food system sustainability at the policy level; and make periodic amendments to campus planning documents. 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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