Food Recovery 2016


Co-building a zero waste food future by revealing Vancouver’s food recovery resources.


Did you know that 40% of all food is never consumed? Imperfect food and the resources that went into producing it are wasted when it is thrown out. This waste can be avoided by connecting people to their local food system. Northeast False Creek is an area in development and therefore does not have a Neighbourhood Food Network yet. This is an opportunity to start well from the beginning and develop a comprehensive food recovery network that benefits all, intending to break the stigma around ‘ugly’ food.

Main Activities:

The Imagination Zone launch Saturday November 26th @ the Science World gazebo. We displayed our Food Recovery map highlighting grocery stores and cafés that actively reduce their food waste by selling food closer to expiry at a lower cost and of redistribution locations where you can donate food. We engaged with people to determine what kind of food resources they would like to see in the NEFC community as it develops. We used our map and Humans of Sustainability gallery to demonstrate what exists. Our gallery showcased people who are leading the zero food waste movement. Participants gave input by describing their vision to one of our artists or by writing it down.

Outcomes and Impact:

Feedback was that food waste is a conversation that needs to take place in more locations where a larger audience can be engaged. Generally, participants wanted locally owned organic grocery stores to maintain a sustainable community and cheaper options which will create greater accessibility to healthier foods. Locations need to be within walking distance and closer to bike paths. More inclusive spaces such as community kitchens, gardens and markets are needed.


The locations highlighted on our map have been added to Vancouver Coastal Health’s food asset map as a zero waste layer. Our data has gone to Emory Davidge from the City’s Northeast False Creek planning team and Krystie Babalos from the City’s Zero Waste Strategy to help inform their work.

Our group:

  • Ana Gargollo | UBC
  • Kathleen Belton | SFU
  • Myia Antone | UBC
  • Justine Gérard | SFU

Key Partners:

  • Emory Davidge | City of Vancouver
  • Karen Henry | City of Vancouver
  • Krystie Babalos | City of Vancouver
  • Lauren Brown | Strathcona Community Center
  • Kathy Romses | Vancouver Coastal Health


  • Federica Bonatti | Graphic Designer
  • Bryce Aspinall | Live Artist
  • Clara Tsang | Live Artist

Imagination Zone

CityStudio proposed the formation of the City of Vancouver’s first Imagination Zone. Based on the Dublin Studio (DCC Studio) we propose the Imagination Zone as a place of possibility, experimentation and learning for the “Creative City”.

Our project aims to start a conversation with artists and the public, to begin envisioning and prototyping with what could become part of our City in an Imagination Zone. The Imagination Zone project demonstrates that this is a space for trial and learning- as opposed to trial and error. We hope that our pilot projects will invite the participation of citizens in collaborative city building.


We are CityStudio Vancouver, an innovation and experimentation hub for the City of Vancouver where students, city staff and community members co-create, design and launch projects on the ground. The central mission of CityStudio is to innovate and experiment with the ways cities are co-created, while teaching students the skills needed to collaborate on real projects in Vancouver with City staff and community stakeholders.

These projects improve our city and enrich our neighbourhoods, making the city more livable, joyful and sustainable. CityStudio launched in 2011 as a collaboration between the City of Vancouver and the city’s six post-secondary institutions to engage students in the hands-on work necessary to implement city strategies.

See the final report here