Best of 2009: Green SFU

SFU acts to protect salmon, trout streams
The university moved decisively in 2009 to reduce significantly the use of salt to clear winter roads at the Burnaby campus, to better protect nearby Stoney Creek and other salmon and trout streams. It also modified its road-salt storage shed to prevent salt leaching, pending emergency government funding to build a new facility.

A thousand points of green
Hundreds of SFU faculty members, staff and students worked individually and collectively in 2009 to promote environmental sustainability. From shutting down computer labs at night to acting as office “green guardians” and campus residence “green living-learning liaisons” they committed thousands of deliberate and random acts of eco-kindness to make the university a greener place.

A forest reborn
In the wake of a destructive windstorm on Burnaby Mountain, SFU Facilities Services staff re-established a precious forest grove with new growth that is stronger and more diversified than ever—while the downed timber was transformed into works of art.

WIL can – and does – go greener
SFU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team hopped further onto the green bandwagon during the year with a new paperless, online co-op application system and other initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and place more students in environmentally related jobs.

Queen of green takes charge
SFU’s new sustainability ambassador, Candace Bonfield, parlayed her organizational skills and passion for the environment as a student into a full-time gig as the SFU’s top green advocate, creating sustainability education and awareness initiatives such as the university’s sustainability ambassador program.