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Burnaby recognizes SFU leadership in sustainability

November 10, 2014
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Simon Fraser University’s sustainability initiatives and leadership have won a 2014 Burnaby Business Excellence Award for Environmental Sustainability

The award, from the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Board of Trade, particularly notes SFU Ancillary Services’ leadership in promoting Fair Trade initiatives on campus, across Canada and among large corporations such as Chartwells, Starbucks and Tim Horton’s. Earlier this fall, FairTrade Canada named SFU “Campus of the Year.”

Ancillary Services is responsible for SFU Dining Services, Meeting, Event and Conference Services, Document Solutions, Bookstores and Parking Services, and works closely with Residence and Housing and the SFU Childcare Society.

“We have a mission to demonstrate community and global leadership through our sustainable practices, and engagement as a Fair Trade campus,” says Mark McLaughlin, executive director of Ancillary Services.

“We are honoured to receive this award and such recognition continues to fuel our sustainability momentum.

Over the last two years, SFU has introduced:

·      Fair Trade partnerships and initiatives with multi-national corporations

·      Electric-vehicle charging stations

·      Zero Waste events

·      mobile water-fill stations

·      print-on-demand

·      a ride-share partnership with go2gether

·      compostable and recyclable dining containers

·      Go Green container exchange and composting in Dining Services

·      Energy Star-rated vending machines

The award follows SFU’s recent STARS Gold 2.0 sustainability rating for sustainability-related research, a strong focus on sustainability planning, and for becoming a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.