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Sustainable Office Supplies | Green Vending Project

By Kurt Knudson | APSC 261 Green Vending Project

In the academic world of students and businesses, important tools that are used daily are pens, pencils and highlighters. Many of these devices once used are disposed of and become part of the ever growing landfills. Alternatively, these products are available in eco-friendly lines by Bic, Paper Mate, Pilot and Zebra which help to reduce landfill waste.

Each company has realized the growing demand for green products and has responded by making eco-friendly product lines. Characteristics that make their products eco-friendly are the writing instruments being biodegradable, made from post-consumer materials, or by being refillable.

UBC has a goal to be one of the greatest sustainable campuses. The AMS believes in this cause and plans to have a vending machine available in the new SUB that would sell green products. Of these products, a small selection of eco-friendly writing tools are wanted to make students aware of the greener choices available in our everyday products. To make this project a success, a social assessment would be conducted to determine which products students would like to buy and their thoughts on the eco-friendly products. For greater success, we want them to be encouraged to use refills. By purchasers of these projects refilling their writing instruments, they will be extending the use of their product, helping to reduce landfill waste and plastic products production.

To assist with the project, the AMS has provided funding for a poster and samples for a survey to determine which products should be placed in the machine. After some initial research, the products listed on the poster below were ordered as sample products for students to try and rate, but the students’ preference alone would not guarantee a product’s spot in the machine. A further analysis on the verbal response of the students at the survey booth, economics and the environment would also be conducted to determine the final product selection.

This project was presented to myself and my peers in our APSC 261 class. The results of our social, economic, and environmental assessments will be combined in a report that will be used to determine the final product selection. If you are interested in our findings of sustainability and writing instruments, you can look for report in future available on UBC Seeds.


New SUB Interactive Art Project Contest

Here’s an update from the team from APSC 261 that ran a design contest for an interactive art project in the New SUB

BENCHmark For SustainabilityAn Investigation Into Sustainable Art

by Jeff Schroeder

The new UBC Student Union Building (SUB) is projected to achieve a LEED Platinum+ standing upon completion. This world-renowned award acknowledges accomplishments in design and implementation of advanced eco-friendly buildings – a notable feat that SUB Design Committee would like to share with the public.

As such, a team of engineering students are proposing that the Design Committee commission an inspiring art piece to go on display in the atrium of the new Student Union Building. An investigation, currently being carried out, assesses the feasibility and sustainability of implementing such an art piece made from recycled items. In keeping with the Design Committee’s goal of inspiration through human connection this team has proposed that the design resemble a ubiquitous everyday object – something that will seamlessly transcend the field from action to reaction. Specifically, something that captures the simple daily process of recycling and its integration into one’s surroundings. With intentions of sparking thought towards one’s consumption of materials and their repercussive effects on the environment, this art piece hopes to illustrate that although our actions may not show immediate results, recycling has a cyclical effect – a bottle today could become furniture tomorrow. Thus, it is intended that such inspiration be captured through the exhibition of a park bench.

In seeking the most aesthetically pleasing design, the team has called upon the talent of UBC students, faculty and staff through a campus wide design contest. The contest has just recently closed and project members are in the process of selecting the top three design entries. Attached is the poster advert for the project; 110 posters were erected across campus.