To launch, implement and stabilize campus-wide projects, while using resources efficiently, we combine our expertise in applying sustainability principles and practices together with unit-level staff and faculty’s sector-specific knowledge through mutually beneficial partnerships. Our current partnerships include:
We've had a longstanding relationship with SFU Facilities Services to develop policies and plans regarding energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction, implement conservation projects and report on progress. This partnership has resulted in a 23% decrease of SFU's greenhouse gas emissions since 2007, despite a 10% increase of physical space.
We work closely with Facilities Services, Ancillary Services, Residence and Housing, and Procurement Services to develop and continually improve waste reduction and diversion, through infrastructure development, education, auditing, and applying a lifecycle assessment tool to University purchases over $50,000. Thanks to this collaboration, SFU’s Zero Waste Initiative has won numerous awards and has increased diversion of waste from landfill from 25% in 2012 to over 70% in 2015.
We work with Embark Sustainability, the largest student society at SFU, to empower student leaders to play a leadership role both on and off campus. We also co-lead the Sustainability Peer Program that inspires and mentors SFU undergraduate students to develop sustainability projects towards SFU’s 5-Year Sustainability Strategic Plan and increase student engagement in sustainability on campus.
In partnership with RADIUS SFU, SFU Innovates, Student Services, and the Surrey Campus we have connected all self-identified change-makers across SFU and into the communities we serve. Thanks to this collaboration, in 2017 SFU achieved the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation for its work in social innovation.