Increasing education, awareness, and participation in sustainable food systems

Katherine Chan, Jenny Chen, Kelly Gibson, Emily Kwan, Florence Ng, Sharmin Taher, Francesca Wong
2007
University food systems are microcosms of the global food system therefore universities should take the initiative to act responsibly as role models for the larger society. University of British Columbia Food System Project (UBCFSP) is an ongoing project developed to make UBC a more sustainable campus. Based on our group's interpretation of the work done by previous Agricultural Science (AGSC) 450 students, we proceeded by completing a review of relevant literature and revising last year's
more » ... ng last year's educational campaign as means to celebrate UBC's accomplishments in food systems sustainability. Our hopes are by promoting UBC's sustainable culture to individual students it will influence their future food choices. We have compiled a set of tools that would be useful in raising awareness and encouraging behaviour change. We organized a campus-wide sustainability thought swap session to generate ideas and involvement in the fair. We researched sustainable media and believe that screening movies about the growth and processing of foods such as "Black Gold" or "Our Daily Bread" would provoke and inspire individuals. We have also created bookmarks, wristbands, and games as educational promotional items. Finally, our group has synthesized several recommendations to UBCFSP collaborators and future AGSC 450 students to follow up and improve the October sustainability fair by: collaborating with Imagine UBC and the centre for Teaching and Academic Growth's (TAG) to advertise the fair, designing educational games and setting up a souvenir table at the fair. In the long term, we would like to see an increase in sustainable ideas featured throughout UBC's entire curriculum. 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 reflec [...]
doi:10.14288/1.0132813 fatcat:aleato4khjbblaug2zonpodu4i