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A strategy for food system sustainability in the University Bolevard Neighbourhood : initiatives within the residence buildings Chan, Laura; Friedrich, Jeff; Garthwaite, Katie; Khakh, Sundeep; Morrison, Sarah; Seeton, Meredith


Our task in the UBC food systems project was to suggest implementation strategies to enhance food sustainability in the residential area of UBC’s proposed University Boulevard Neighbourhood. UBC’s current expansion plans give us the opportunity to showcase a model of urban agriculture that can influence greater communities. Through an analysis of the plans that guide development at UBC, we saw many opportunities to enhance food system sustainability in the new area. An analysis of the current development processes, however, saw constraints that could hinder student attempts to make recommendations to the project that would be taken seriously. As a basis for our recommendations, we looked at two eco-villages, and concepts of permaculture design. From this, we developed a strategy to enhance food sustainability within the residences of UBN, through rooftop gardens integrated with residential commons space. We concluded with recommendations that UBC Campus and Community Planning develop standards and a framework to implement some of our proposed ideas. We recommended that next year’s AGSC 450 class for them to work with development stakeholders to develop an action plan, but also to develop indicators of food sustainable planning. 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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