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The global climate emergency affects everyone. SFU’s approach to sustainability and climate action reflects this reality, rejecting the idea that this work is the responsibility of any one group or person at our university. Whether staff, faculty, student, alumni or community member, there is a role for everyone to play in building a more sustainable and climate-just future.
Embedding sustainability and climate action
Sustainability and climate action is woven throughout all vice-presidential portfolios at SFU, including planning and administration, operations, research, academics, campus and community engagement, and international partnerships.
This approach was intentionally designed to align with SFU’s Sustainability Policy GP38. GP38 distributes the responsibility for sustainability work (including climate action) across each vice-president portfolio. It also defines sustainability at SFU as encompassing the interconnections between the planet (the environment), people (society) and prosperity (economy).
Embedding Sustainability and Climate Action (ESCA) Framework
In 2022, SFU’s executive team approved the ESCA framework, operationalizing the cross-institution leadership referenced in GP38 in a more formal way. As part of ESCA, several core groups are integrated into the planning and implementation processes at SFU, connecting closely with the central SFU Sustainability team throughout the year and not just at intermittent touchpoints.