UBC Undergraduate Research

UBC Food Services revisited Foldes, Alexandra; Lau, Grace; Maki, Taya; Lui, Michelle Wan Sai; Shahvarani, Dani; Siu, Gelaine; Spring, Jonas


The focus of our report is on UBC Food Services (UBCFS) and their current practices within the framework of the campus community. Although there are several issues facing UBCFS, we chose to focus on a few, partially due to time constraints and primarily because our value assumptions influenced what we deem to be important problems affecting the sustainability of the UBCFS. Thus, we concentrated our efforts towards the economical, ecological, and social concerns regarding UBCFS that we felt were important to address. We investigated UBCFS from the UBCFS’ current mission statement and five-year plan, verbal communication with the director of UBCFS and a food service supervisor at Totem Park kitchen, previous surveys, as well as a survey we developed. From this research, along with our values and beliefs, we identified problems with the UBCFS and offered recommendations. We found that our proposed solutions, with great effort and extensive integration and collaboration among several parties, could feasibly be implemented. 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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