Sustainability at Simon Fraser University

SFU's Commitment to Sustainability

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is an institutional leader in building a sustainable society, and is committed to pursuing ecological, social and economic sustainability in its operations, research, academics, campus and community engagement.

  1. Sustainability Policy (GP 38):  SFU defines sustainability as the intersection of ecology, society and economy; sustainability is one of SFU’s six guiding principles. Learn more->
  2. Strategic Vision:  SFU is the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement.  Learn more->
  3. Strategic Research and Academic Plans: SFU addresses ecological concerns and creates a sustainable future, and provides sustainability knowledge, experience and skills. Learn more->
  4. Community-Developed 20-Year Sustainability Vision and Goals: SFU’s community of students, faculty, staff and senior leadership have envisioned the institution’s sustainable future.  Learn more->
  5. Sustainability Strategic Plan:  SFU’s departments and campuses collaborate to achieve the institution’s sustainability goals and targets.  Learn more->

The university is also a signatory of The Talloires Declaration, The Climate Change Statement for Action for Canada, The Paris Pledge for Action, and the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investments (SFU was the second Canadian university to sign).

Awards & Designations

  • Canada’s Top Comprehensive University, 2018
  • Burnaby Business Excellence Award Finalist, 2017
  • AASHE’s Campus Achievement Awards Finalist, 2017
  • The Circulars Award Finalist, 2017
  • CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award, 2016
  • Recycling Council of British Columbia Environmental Award, 2015
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Gold, 2014
  • Burnaby Business Excellence Award, 2014
  • Fair Trade Campus of the Year Award, 2014
  • City of Burnaby Environmental Award, multiple years