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University Boulevard Neighbourhood : strategies for food system sustainability Andersson, Katherine; Chow, Melanie; Harper, Reisha; Lee, Mavis; Yang, Jessica Ou; Sutrisno, Marini; Wu, Eugene


As fourth year students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, we are taking part in the University of British Columbia Food Systems Project (UBCFSP), an ongoing project that investigates and evaluates the sustainability of the UBC food system. This paper focuses its investigations on the sustainability of the food system in the University Boulevard Neighbourhood in relationship to the UBC Farm as a local food system. Although University Boulevard is in preliminary stages of construction, we intend to assess any possible relationships that they may have and how they can work together to promote and maintain food system sustainability. Next, we propose recommendations to promote and ensure that the food system in this particular area is sustainable and secured. These recommendations are based on the analysis of environmental education, community shuttles, waste management, seasonal festivals, and University Square kiosks. As part of our project we have been asked to research the concept and implementation of Eco-villages to determine whether the strategies used in Eco-villages will be applicable to the University Boulevard Neighbourhood. We will begin our evaluation by outlining the key components of a sustainable food system via the use of models as inspiration and vehicles for change, the strategies, policies involved, and the challenges that may hinder the sustainability of this food system. 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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