The UBC Food System Project is a collaborative, cross-campus initiative that brings together partners from teaching and learning, operations, and research to improve food systems.
We create campus as a living lab projects, model best practices, coordinate stakeholders, influence our supply chain, and offer students hands-on opportunities to make a positive impact on environmental and human health.
The lifecycle of food at UBC includes produce grown on campus, food prepared by campus food providers, and the composting of food scraps for use across the UBC Farm and community gardens. In total, our on-campus food system consists of 96 campus food outlets, five grocery stores, 15 food production sites, and four Community-Supported Agriculture programs.
The UBC Food System Project works collectively with representatives from this system to assess sustainability overall, and respond to barriers and opportunities while transitioning UBC towards greater food system sustainability. The project was initiated by the SEEDS Sustainability Program and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
The goals of the UBC Food System Project are:
1. To move the UBC campus food system towards sustainability, by:
- Facilitating a shared vision of a sustainable food system among project partners
- Coordinating project partners and other key campus food systems stakeholders in their efforts to improve the campus food system
- Creating Campus as a Living Lab projects as a vehicle to address opportunities to improve the UBC food system
2. To positively impact the movement towards the sustainability of the larger BC, Canadian, North American and global food systems, by:
- Leading as a model for best practices for sustainable food systems
- Using UBC’s leverage to influence the supply chain and broader sustainability practices
3. To offer students hands-on learning opportunities in a multi-disciplinary project with potential for positive impact on ecological and human health
Our current top priorities include:
- Plant Forward Offerings and Climate Action
- Food Waste and Contamination
- Packaging, and Single-Use Item Reduction
- Food Knowledge and Food Skills
- Food Insecurity
- Healthy Beverages and Water
- Resilient Food Production
FOOD ASSET MAP
You can browse the UBC Food Asset Map below to learn more about the campus food system at UBC Vancouver.
The UBC Food Asset Map is part of the project, "Mapping UBC Food Assets," sponsored by UBC Wellbeing as part of the Sustainability Scholars program. This project was completed by graduate student Wendee Lang under the direction of Dr. Tara Moreau and in collaboration with SEEDS and the UBC Food System Project. The final project report will be made available in September 2018.
Every effort has been made to reach out to the organizations and groups identified on this map.
For more information, or to get involved with the UBC Food System Project, please contact:
Manager, UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program, Community Development
Campus + Community Planning