Research Projects

During the pilot year (2020-2021), Living Lab research projects will be focused on the following four research areas:

  • Building and fleet emissions: reducing SFU’s operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Renewable energy on campus: research solutions to shift SFU’s energy sources to renewables
  • Transportation emissions: reducing SFU’s transportation GHG emissions
  • Procurement and waste: reducing operational waste

These areas were chosen as they are the most active targets in the SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan. This plan provides the foundation for SFU’s sustainability and climate action efforts.

Research projects

Examining the Carbon Impact of Streaming Media in University Teaching and Learning

To reduce the invisible environmental impact of information and communications technologies, Yani Kong measures university’s outputs and develops education and policy shifts for SFU.

LCA Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification (PICS-Living Lab Scholar)

Kamaria Kuling investigates the benefits and challenges of replacing SFU’s operational vehicle fleet with low or zero emission vehicles.

Sustainable Living Indoor Gardens Utilizing Energy-efficient and Renewable Energy Technology

Afagh Mohagheghi aims to utilize renewable energy and energy savings strategies to develop sustainable indoor gardens at SFU’s Surrey campus.

Sustainability & Management of Bioplastis (Re-Use for Good project)

Despite a growing awareness, there's still misinformation about bioplastics. Nadia Springle researches sustainable single-use alternatives to petroleum-based plastics.