Public institutions play an influential role in policy and innovation because of their size, responsibilities, research and connection to both their surroundings communities and to global knowledge. SFU is an institutional leader in building a sustainable society, committed to pursuing ecological, social and economic sustainability in its operations, research, academics, campus and community engagement.
Guiding the sustainability innovation and climate action at the institution, SFU has published a Strategic Sustainability Plan for 2020 to 2025. Accompanying the plan, SFU releases an Annual Sustainability Report for accountability and transparency on our performance. The university tracks and measures institutional sustainability progress through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) transparent reporting system.
The Sustainability Office supports the university to develop and implement sustainability plans and policies; leads campus-wide signature sustainability projects towards SFU’s sustainability goals; and provides best practice services to strengthen SFU's student, staff and faculty emerging or existing sustainability initiatives.
SFU's Sustainability Awards and Designations
- #19 on the Times Higher Education rankings, 2020
- Canada’s Top Comprehensive University, 2020
- AASHE's STARS Gold, 2018
- ASHOKA Change maker Campus, 2017
- Burnaby Business Excellence Award Finalist, 2017
- AASHE’s Campus Achievement Awards Finalist, 2017
- The Circulars Award Finalist, 2017
- NACUBO Innovation Award, 2016
- CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award, 2016
- Recycling Council of British Columbia Environmental Award, 2015
- Burnaby Business Excellence Award, 2014
- Fair Trade Campus of the Year Award, 2014
- City of Burnaby Environmental Award, multiple years
- SFU was the second Canadian institution to earn a Fair-Trade Campus designation for ethical purchasing