UBC Undergraduate Research

Moving UBC beyond climate neutral Fung, Alexander; Bootle, Jocelyn; Liang, Joseph; Nelson, Laura; Pan, Lei; Hon, Melissa


University of British Columbia (UBC), with its large urban land base, large tracts of ecologically significant lands, and research capacity has the potential to become a climate neutral institution. Common Energy UBC, an emerging network of students, staff and faculty at UBC has begun many campaigns to bring UBC beyond climate-neutral. Through meeting with Nancy Toogood, participating in the roundtable discussions and performing literature review we realized that meat production is one of the most GHG intensive products and there exist very few suggestions to reduce green house gas emissions (GHGE) other than to restrict or decrease consumption. A set of standards can be developed to ensure that food outlets are choosing meat suppliers that use environmentally sound farm practices. Our research focuses on livestock production methods, such as livestock density, types of feed, manure management practices, deforestation and fertilizer use to determine standards. We recommend future study develop a general tool for food service companies to use when choosing producers or suppliers, so that they choose those who emit the least amount of GHG and therefore lessen UBC’s contribution to global warming. 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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