UBC Undergraduate Research

Sustainability DeBETAbility : is the Beta House ecologically sustainable? Cheung, Ada; Cheung, Candy; Dilgir, Sapna; Parsons, Dallas; Robertson, Jessica; Wong, Joyce


Within the context of the UBC food system, we examined the ecological sustainability of the fraternity house, Beta Theta Pi House (Beta House). We began by defining the elements that an ecologically sustainable dining society must have, and based our research and recommendations on this definition. To gather data, an interview with the chef and the house manager was conducted at the Beta House on March 21, 2002. We found that the Beta House members do not compost, or recycle kitchen waste, and that the chef does not regularly buy organic or local food products. Our recommendations offer simple and economically efficient ways for the residents to improve the ecological sustainability of their residence. 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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