Opening Doors to Applied Learning

Opening Doors to Applied Learning

SEEDS Sustainability Program

“SEEDS was the key that opened the door for me,” says Dr. Marie- Claude Fortin, a lecturer in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS). “I was thrilled when offered to teach a course where I was guaranteed to have a campus partner for my students to work with on an applied project.”

Integrating classroom learning with real-life experiences is at the core of UBC’s SEEDS Sustainability Program. It is also at the heart of the course Fortin teaches, Land, Food, and Community III (LFS 450).

“The course is project based and looks at food systems on campus,” explains Fortin. “The campus is a wonderful place for this sort of applied study as students have an insider knowledge of campus.”

Students taking LFS 450 in Winter Term 2016 chose from a number of projects. “One group studied the cost barriers to students of accessing food from the UBC Farm. Another examined Seedlings Café’s sustainable business practices.

A third focused on the AMS Food Bank and the issue of hunger amongst students.” “SEEDS takes an active role by checking in with students, offering help if needed, and providing project background before and during the course. Students also get the opportunity to publish their work online.”

STUDENTS FACULTY AND STAFF ENGAGED

COURSES ENGAGED THROUGH THE PROGRAM

APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECTS

RESEARCH REPORTS PUBLISHED OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS