UBC Undergraduate Research

Customer awareness of and participation in sustainability Cheng, Mandy; Harrison, Sara; Lam, Andria; Machial, Cristina; Syrovy, Lena; Trang, Diana


Assessing the current levels of customer awareness of and participation in sustainability initiatives on the UBC campus is an important component of determining UBC’s progress to becoming a more sustainable campus. This is even more important considering that even the best initiatives will do nothing to improve sustainability if no one is using them. Accordingly, we have expanded on a model to assess sustainability, performed research to determine what initiatives are currently in place, both at UBC and at other universities and colleges, and developed a survey to be used next year to actually assess current awareness and participation levels in present initiatives. Among some of the current initiatives in place are programs to encourage the use of reusable containers and cutlery, composting education and systems, and recycling (including recycling cooking oil to create Bio-diesel). The survey and other information provided can also be used to assess the feasibility of creating future sustainability initiatives, including the feasibility of introducing a ‘Food Week,’ and a more extensive composting program. 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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