Faculty and Staff
SFU a finalist in the global 2017 Circular Economy Awards
By Ashleigh Erwin
SFU is one of six finalists in the 2017 Circulars Awards presented by the World Economic forum. They competed in the Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions category.
The award recognizes the University’s leadership in driving innovation and growth with a minimal use of natural resources through its Zero Waste initiative— a program that promotes using less physical materials, and recycling or reusing whenever possible on campus.
The initiative has already received numerous awards and accolades in addition to international recognition for going beyond zero waste best practices. It is the first fully standardized four-stream waste management system to be implemented by a North American university in 2014.
Through a collaborative effort between cross-departmental members of SFU’s Zero Waste Committee, the initiative has helped create significant improvements in service quality and delivery, resource efficiency, and productivity. It has also helped develop capacity-building tools and services to analyze the University’s waste footprint. T
Recently, the University developed lifecycle assessment tool guide to help make purchasing decisions. In addition, a Sustainable Spaces program certifies various university offices, labs, events and dining services based on a number of sustainability criteria.
Over the next five years, the University will work with vendors to reduce food and beverage packaging. In addition, all future vendors are required to abide by zero waste best practices to help further reduce waste.