UBC Undergraduate Research

Breaking Ground UBC Soil Asset Management Plan Shah, Tabinda


This paper explores the concept of natural capital applied to soil as a component of green infrastructure, and thereby support the advancement of improved urban forest management practices across campus. This work helps position Building Operations, Campus and Community Planning and Sustainability Engineers in a better place to deal with the complex decision-making that comes with managing soil in a holistic, sustainable and logical manner. It advances UBC as an innovative leader in the realm of sustainable urban development and growth, and recognizes the role that the UN Sustainable Development Goals play in this capacity. The research presented in this paper hopes to achieve three outcomes: 1. To provide a rationale for why UBC Building Operations should consider integrating soil in their new infrastructure asset management software, Planon. 2. To provide a data inventory framework that UBC Building Operations, Campus + Community Planning (C+CP), Academics and Sustainability + Engineering can use to develop management objectives and actions for a green infrastructure asset management plan. 3. To share potential and existing data sources that would address any knowledge gaps found in the data inventory framework for soil. These outcomes are intended to support ongoing initiatives from Campus + Community and Building Operations that deliver nature-based solutions to scalable challenges, such as: public heath; public recreation;, climate adaptation and mitigation; infrastructure repairs and maintenance, and storm-water management. 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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