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Benchmarking transitions towards a local and sustainable UBC Food System Bystrom, Rachel; Dow, Crystal; Hunt, Ryan; Lee, Surlinna; Min, Meiyen Lum; Ramanaidu, Krilen; Turner, Robin


Scenario 7 of the UBC Food System Project seeks to apply benchmarks to previously established indicators in order to gauge progress towards conforming to the model of sustainability of the project. It involves 28 indicators from previous AGSC 450 coursework, and several new indicators that came to light during our work. The indicators focus on progress by the four major partners of the UBCFS, outlined below. Work was divided among three research groups, and results were shared. We approached the four partners to find specific data pertaining to the indicators, attempting to find historical data from 2000, current data, and realistic goals for 2010. We created a model to incorporate the indicators and benchmarks into the currently defined model of sustainability. Finally we make suggestions on how to streamline the benchmarking process in the future. 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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