Creating a Zero Waste Vancouver

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Strategies for plastic bag reduction and waste diversion in community centres.

School:

UBC

Department:

Land and Food Systems

Course:

LFS 350

Instructors:

  • Will Valley

City of Vancouver:

  • Paul Gagnon
  • Julie LeBlanc

Student Team:

  • Theresia Clairine
  • Puloma Kaushal
  • Courtney Lau
  • Anica Li
  • Helen Zhou

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP)

City goal area:

  • Zero Waste

Term:

Fall Semester 2019

Summary

For our project we were asked to propose slogan recommendations for the Corporate Zero Waste Officer at the City of Vancouver to address the large amount of single-use plastic bags that are thrown away in  city facilities such as community centres. Reducing this waste helps minimize harmful ecological impacts caused by plastic bag waste while contributing to the vision of a secure and sustainable food system. 

We conducted scholarly and web-based research for global plastic bag reduction and effective slogan strategies. Our outcomes are based on theoretical guidelines for effective slogans. These slogans could be used to create  signage at community centers where the City could test for behaviour changes by tracking waste diversion rates.

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