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SFU sustainability becomes policy

February 20, 2008

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A new sustainability policy that lays the foundation to formally incorporate sustainability into the fabric of university life has been approved by the board of governors.

Drafted in consultation with SFU’s sustainability advisory committee, the policy will ensure the university continues its leadership in sustainable operations, research, teaching, performance evaluation and community outreach.

“Policies articulate institutional decisions,” notes K.C. Bell, director of special projects. “The sustainability policy expresses the university’s determination to move ahead in this area and provides another tool to help us respond to new provincial requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”  He notes that it also reaffirms SFU’s obligation as a signatory to the 1991 international Talloires Declaration, which represents the commitment of university administrators in more than 40 countries to promote environmental sustainability in higher education.

The SFU policy includes a mandate to continue minimizing consumption of non-renewable energy, minimize water contamination, reduce the quantity of solid, organic and hazardous wastes, enhance the ecological integrity of the grounds and employ sustainable building design and construction principles wherever possible. It also promotes leadership in community sustainability.
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