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The Barn : moving towards a socially vibrant, sustainable restaurant Billey, Danielle; Douwes, Monica; Johnston, Kiel; Liu, Tiffany; Mulligan, Corrine; Siu, Gabriel; Wang, Wendy


The Barn Coffee Shop is a University of British Columbia (UBC) food service operation that caters to numerous students, staff and faculty. Being a part of UBC food services indicates that many of the inputs are sourced from outside of the Lower Mainland, and have traveled long distances. This places a burden on global sustainability, shipping raw materials increases fossil fuel consumption. Local and seasonal products are essential to making any food system more sustainable. To date The Barn has adopted several sustainability initiatives, however there is still opportunity to enhance the reputation of The Barn on “Sustainability Street”. This paper focuses on adapting the menu to incorporate more local and seasonal foods, and altering various social facets to create a more vibrant destination on campus. 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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