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The Beaty Garden : changing our campus, one meal at a time : a proposal to UBC Food Services Suen, Vienna; Wibisono, Ratna; Shing, Kit; Yiew, Lim; Tsao, Charlie; Qazi, Hera; Ye, Qing


The University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) is an ongoing, community-based action research (CBAR) project involving multiple partners and collaborators. The overall objective of the project is to assess and improve the sustainability of the UBC Food System. The main focus of Scenario six was the development of a business proposal for a sustainable food outlet set to open in the new Beaty Biodiversity Centre for the UBC Food Services (UBCFS). The new food outlet was given the name “The Beaty Garden” with the slogan, “We know our food”. For the menu plan, we raised the possibility of “Zero Mile Mondays” featuring fresh produce from the UBC Farm. And, as part of our promotional campaign, we have made a poster called the “8 Reasons to eat local”. As well, we have developed a stamp-card scheme where each stamp translates to a 25 cent saving for each meal and a collection of 10 stamps translate to a free bake good. As part of the waste management initiative, we recommended the extension of the green discount for those who bring their own containers. However, further assessments may be necessary on the waste management program on campus. For serving wares, we recommended the usage of biodegradable materials made from potato, corn and sugar cane waste. To address interior design, we suggested the usage of bi-ceramic metal halide lamp. From our focus groups, the participants were attracted to the appeal of a sustainable food outlet but were less willing to pay for higher priced lunch meals. Finally, we recommended to the teaching team that this scenario be narrowed down in scope to stimulate specialization of specific tasks. 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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