Current Institutional Sustainability Projects

SFU's current, campus-wide signature sustainability projects are the product of inter-departmental collaboration and advance the university's 20-year sustainability vision and goals.

Zero Waste Initiative

Currently in its third phase, SFU's international award-winning Zero Waste Initiative is using circular economy principles and standardizing recycling across the institution 

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Sustainable Spaces Certification

SFU’s offices, labs, residences, events and dining venues are helping to reduce university’s consumption and emissions, while improving health and wellness among their team.

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Student Sustainability Peers

SFU’s undergraduate students develop personal and professional skills while transforming their ecological, social and economic sustainability ideas into impactful campus projects.

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LEEDs Buildings Development

SFU is targeting LEED Gold certification for its new buildings, replacing water faucets and completing retrofitting of existing buildings.

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Food and Dining

A designated Fair-Trade Campus and committed to building an ethical society, SFU is developing and implementing additional tools and policies to ensure ethical purchasing decisions that consider the full life-cycle of products.

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Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE)

The first program of its kind in Western Canada, SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences new program will soon provide students with an interdisciplinary education on engineering principles, economics and policies associated with the global cleantech sector.

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Adaptation to Climate Change Team

The only university-based think tank initiative in North America dedicated to climate change adaptation, ACT studies nine climate change and considers ways to protect environmental, economic and social well-being.

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Sustainable Transportation

Having largely commuter campuses, SFU is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by providing infrastructure and alternate transportation options to its students, employees and guests. 

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Ashoka U Changemaker Campus

SFU is one of just over 40 global institutions committed to advancing social innovation education and action. Students, faculty and staff work with social innovators and business community leaders to devise solutions for a sustainable, just and healthy society.

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Living Labs

Currently in development, SFU is pairing its physical space, administrative processes and operational practices with research and academic projects to solve real sustainability challenges facing our local communities. 

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Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility

In partnership with Corix Multi-Utility Services Incorporated, SFU and SFU Community Trust (UniverCity) are developing a community-based biomass project to use clean urban wood waste, otherwise destined for the landfill, to produce green energy to power campus buildings.

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Certified Fair Trade Campus

SFU has been a certified Fair Trade Campus since 2011, empowering farmers and their communities around the world through better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade. SFU's Ethical Procurement Policy AD11.21 promotes and encourages participation in trade relationships that are fair and respectful. 

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