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SFU's new president Andrew Petter

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September 23, 2010

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An avid jogger, cyclist and hybrid vehicle owner, SFU’s new president Andrew Petter is a fervent supporter of the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability. That’s not surprising given his record on environmental issues while he was a member of the B.C. Legislature. As minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission in the 1990s he oversaw development of the Galloping Goose and Lochside trails system, a popular walking, running and cycling network stretching more than 100 km from Sooke to Sydney and downtown Victoria. And as Minister of Forests, he also helped to institute important changes in forest and land-use policies, including the creation of major new protected areas. "I am deeply impressed by the energy and initiative being directed to environmental issues at SFU," says Petter. "I am especially encouraged to see that interest in environmental issues is not limited to individual faculty members and students, but is reflected in the institution’s policies and commitments, such as the recent creation of a Faculty of Environment."

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