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Promoting education, awareness & participation in composting at UBC Cheung, Sally; Flint, Abigail; Greenwood, Justine; Lee, Amelia; Ngudjiharto, Riska; Sing, Justine; Wolverton, Becky


We begin with an introduction to the University of British Columbia Food System Project and to Scenario 5. We then define the problem within our scenario. Next, we identify the value assumptions and biases found within our group and its members. This provides basis for us to reflect upon the UBCFSP’s Vision Statement and Guiding Principles, which we then do. By establishing our position in relation to the UBCFSP and Scenario 5, we are able to define our group’s role in approaching this problem. To address the problem of lack of awareness and participation in composting at UBC, we conduct research of secondary sources and informal interviews to identify the existing tools used to promote composting at UBC. From there we develop an inventory of tools and their respective indicators. After identifying the tools used to encourage awareness and participation in composting at UBC, we assess the effectiveness and barriers of certain tools through a case study at Gage Residence. We begin by outlining the history of the composting program at Gage Residence and then use a surveying method to measure the indicators of certain tools. We discuss our methodology and results, and identify the limitations of our survey. Most importantly, we discuss the conclusions that the survey yields, including the effectiveness, barriers and ways to overcome the barriers of the tools we studied. We then offer our recommendations and reflect upon our participation in the project. 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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