UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into growing biomass using UBC Farm’s marginal land Bergerud, Corey; Thibault, Eric; Nicol, Grant; Wang, Yang


As part of its continuing mission to educate and operate sustainably, the UBC Farm wanted to see whether planting a fuel stock crop would be a beneficial investment towards the farm. The farm enlisted the help of various engineering undergraduates to investigate the requirements and to determine whether pursuing this venture would prove to be a worthwhile investment.The team assessed the initial process and investment and submitted a triple bottom line assessment. The land of the farm was surveyed and due to the vigorous growth rate and lack of maintenance, red alder was chosen by the team as the crop of choice. 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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