SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan

Simon Fraser University has developed a Strategic Sustainability Plan which, given a global climate crisis, will mobilize the entire institution to embed climate action throughout its operations, research, academics and community engagement.

This plan includes three overarching goals and 16 climate action targets to guide the institution for the next five years.

View the 3 goals

  1. University services innovation. SFU will develop and apply innovations in climate change mitigation to all operational decisions.
  2. University as a living lab. SFU will mobilize teams of researchers, instructors, students, staff, and community members to identify, test, and pilot solutions to climate change at and beyond the university’s geographical boundaries.
  3. Climate action leadership. SFU will provide opportunities for staff, faculty, students, alumni, and external community members to be literate in the causes and impacts of climate change and competent in their individual contributions to climate action in their roles as learners, teachers, researchers, and employees.

View the 16 targets

  1. Building and fleet. Reduce operational GHG emissions by 50% (Scope 1, 2 and limited Scope 3 [exclusively paper purchased]) from 2007 by 2025.
  2. Renewable energy. Shift 50% of the fossil-fuel based energy used by SFU to renewables by 2025.
  3. Transportation*. Reduce transportation GHG emissions by 10% by 2025 (commuting, campus-tocampus transportation, on campus transportation).
  4. Procurement and waste. Reduce operational waste by 10% despite growth, expansion, and construction by 2025.
  5. Food choices*. Increase the amount of plant-based menu items by 50% by 2025.
  6. Food waste*. Reduce total food waste by 10% by 2025.
  7. Investment portfolio. Reduce the carbon footprint of the University’s investment portfolio by 45% by 2025.
  8. Living lab intiative. Establish SFU’s “University as a Living Lab Initiative” in collaboration with all Vice President portfolios and the Cities of Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver by end of 2020.
  9. Climate projects. Complete a minimum of 5 climate focused Living Lab projects (at least one for each of the cities of Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver) which are novel, high impact, scalable, transferable and community driven by 2025.
  10. Sustainability impact measurement. Establish the SFU Sustainability Impact Measurement Initiative to develop and maintain an institution-wide annual collection of data by 2022. 
  11. Student skills development. Establish/expand climate action focused skill-building opportunities (both curricular and co-curricular) for students. 1000 students will participate in programming over the 5-year period.
  12. Employee skills development. Establish a climate-focused skill-building program for SFU staff and faculty. 10% of staff and faculty will participate over the 5-year period.
  13. Sustainable labs. Extend the successful Sustainable Spaces program to research labs and research projects. Enroll 50% of labs in certification program over 5-year period.
  14. Community of practice. Establish a climate action community of practice with over 100 staff, faculty, and students by 2021.
  15. Communications* Increase SFU stories focused on climate change and action that can be taken by 50% by 2025.
  16. Events*. Increase SFU events focused on climate change and action that can be taken by 50% by 2025.

*The starred targets currently do not have baselines. The first year will be focused on developing these baselines and in the second year the targets will be updated based on this work.

The plan includes a robust implementation framework which includes one advisory group for the entire plan and corresponding working groups per target. Year one is focussed on formulating these groups, setting baselines for some targets, and creating a greenhouse gas emissions inventory.

To learn about the latest updates on the SFU 2025 plan, click here.

Annual Sustainability Report

The Sustainability Office compiles SFU’s Annual Sustainability Report. The report showcases sustainability-related highlights from across the university, featuring achievements led by students, faculty and staff. The report is designed to show a compact snapshot of sustainability at SFU, and is by no means an exhaustive review of all sustainability-related initiatives, across all three campuses.

The 2020 report focuses primarily on the implementation of SFU's 2025 Sustainability Plan. Future sustainability annual reports will broaden out to include other related initiatives such as the Climate Resilience Planning and Implementation process and SFU's work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SFU Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Sustainability is a core institutional commitment at SFU and reporting on our GHG emissions footprint has been in place since 2010. SFU's Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) inventory includes a full accounting of value-chain emission sources, including scope 3 emissions. 

Carbon Neutral Action Reports

As part of BC's carbon neutral public sector, SFU is required to submit a Carbon Neutral Action Report (CNAR) to the BC Climate Action Secretariat (Ministry of Environment) and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. The Report summarizes SFU's annual greenhouse gas emissions from the government mandated reporting areas: direct and indirect fuel used for operating building systems (heating, cooling of buildings and electricity) and from consumption of office paper.