Imagine UBC Farm and its surroundings as a globally relevant microcosm that lives and breathes the highest standards of sustainable practice and design.
Picture also students in every discipline – from sciences to humanities – immersing themselves in the processes and practices of sustainability that come into focus at the intersection of land, food, and community.
“This vision comes from faculty, students, staff , and community members, refl ecting nearly a decade of formal and informal consultation and study,” says LFS Assoc. Prof. Andrew Riseman.
During this spring and summer, co-chairs Riseman and UBC Farm Program Coordinator Mark Bomford worked with a multi-faculty committee to articulate a South Campus Academic Plan (SCAP). The committee was struck after UBC Board of Governors directed UBC administration to develop an academic plan for South Campus.
Riseman says the draft SCAP recommendations fi t well within those of UBC’s draft Sustainable Academic Strategy (SAS), one of three pillars that will form the new UBC Strategic Plan. Along with sustainability, the other two pillars are the Aboriginal Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan for Internationalization. SCAP will undergo public consultation through the fall with a planned submission to the Board of Governors in November.
“I believe that by late 2009 or early 2010, we will be developing a South Campus implementation plan that includes a land use plan, operations plan and an overall business plan.”