UBC Undergraduate Research

Tripple-Bottom-Line Analysis : Sit-Stand Desks vs Regular Desks Strickland, Brandon; Boutorabi, Neema; Wilk, Mike; Rodriguez, Mario; Detkov, Alexander

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This project was originally assigned as part of UBC’s SEEDS sustainability program, an initiative whose vision is to help form collaborations between students and faculty on innovative projects that align with UBC’s values. The implementation of sit-stand desks throughout the University of British Columbia campus has been an area of interest for its faculties and governing bodies. Although a small number of desks have been installed in various faculties (Abigail Overduin, personal communication, March 29, 2016), no steadfast plan has been developed for a full-scale campus wide implementation. Others research tends to focus primarily on the health benefits of the sit-stand desk and falls short of a complete analysis, specifically using the triple-bottom-line (TBL) approach. This report provides a solution that encompasses a wide variety of factors from economic, social and environmental or TBL. Using this approach we were able to develop a balanced sit-stand desk execution plan without bias towards one of the latter three factors. 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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