Students engage in SFU’s future Sustainability Strategic Plan

February 05, 2016

With Simon Fraser University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP) in its final year, now is the perfect time for students to get involved and share their vision of what a sustainable SFU looks like.

In an initiative to drive student discussion, Embark, a student-led, non-profit sustainability society, hosted the Student Sustainability Summit on Feb. 4 at Burnaby campus’ Halpern Centre.

The half-day summit gathered students from all academic disciplines and campuses to identify a set of realistic goals and priorities for ecological, economical and social sustainability that they believe SFU can accomplish.

The summit is part of "SFU 2021", a university-wide engagement process facilitated by SFU’s Sustainability Office. The yearlong initiative that ends this fall plans to connect all members of the University community in an effort to continue SFU's leadership in sustainability.

See how the event transpired:

Josh Cairns, executive director of Embark, kicks-off the summit.

Sustainability is to meet our needs now, yet ensuring future generations can as well.

Students gathered into six groups to cover keys aspects of sustainability.

Students brainstormed priorities and challenges.

Students collaborated throughout the afternoon to craft their ideal strategy.