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Sustainable SFU representatives, l-r: Robyn Ashwell, Kate Scholz, James McNish and Tana Jukes

Students walk the talk on sustainability

September 23, 2010

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Sustainable SFU, the student group that lobbied for the Sustainability Advisory Committee and created the SFU Sustainability Festival, has come a long way since it was founded in 2003.

This past spring it was incorporated as a non-profit organization and led a successful student referendum authorizing student fees to fund the organization and its projects.

Full-time undergrads now pay $2 and part-time undergrads $1 per semester towards supporting student-led sustainability initiatives.

The money funds established programs such as the SFU Sustainability Festival and SFU Local Food Project, pays for a full-time sustainability coordinator, and finances university wide student-proposed projects.

The group’s executives volunteer their time for what they consider a necessary part of their educational experience.

"I know that I have done my fair share in living a harmful life style," says executive Christopher Mulvena. "And I feel I ought to try and help change things both personally and communally."

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