Sustainability Advisory Council

Sustainability Advisory Council 

SFU is striking a new Sustainability Advisory Council to govern and provide direction for all SFU's sustainability related work. It's initial primary mandate in 2021/2022 will be to guide the work on:

     1. The SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan (SFU 2025) which was approved in January 2020. This plan focuses on climate change mitigation; and
     2. The developing Climate Resilience Plan which is in the community co-design phase and will focus on climate adaptation. 

The SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan (SFU 2025) provides the foundation for SFU's climate action efforts from 2020 to end of 2025. Given a global climate crisis, the Plan mobilizes the entire institution to embed climate action throughout its operations, research, academics and community engagement. The plan includes three overarching goals and 16 climate action targets to guide the institution for the next five years.

Based on the recommendations that came out of early conversations and engagement, the Sustainability Office established a Developmental Advisory Council (DevAC) in Fall 2020 in order to co-create the structure and some of the key frameworks and operational processes of the first full-term Advisory Council (2021).

Now, we invite SFU community members to submit an expression of interest to join the the Sustainability Advisory Council to help govern SFU 2025 and the development of the Climate Resilience Plan and ensure all associated sustainability initiatives are implemented based on the plans guiding principles.

Mandate

The primary mandate of the Sustainability Advisory Council is to be the central governance hub for SFU 2025 and Climate Resilience Plan and to advise from a holistic perspective on implementation, reporting, and annual revisions to SFU 2025 in accordance with the university’s priorities and commitments and SFU 2025 principles. This Council will be connected to both plans and all related initiatives and ideally will have a more integrated and birds eye view of the interconnections and system-wide linkages.

It is important to note that the work of this Council will be done on the unceded and stolen traditional territories of the Squamish  (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) Nations (in Vancouver & Burnaby respectfully) and the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Qayqayt, Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), numerous Stó:lō Nations, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen (in Surrey) on which Simon Fraser University has three main campuses in the colonially renamed cities of Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.  

The design of the Council and processes members participate in will be developed with an intention to begin decolonizing the work the Council does and bring recognition of, and respect for, a land based and relational approach to governance at SFU. 

Membership

The Sustainability Advisory Council will be composed of 17-20 members including faculty, staff, students and community members. To capture diverse community perspectives, individuals of all identities and communities are welcome to become members. In particular, participation of people from communities marginalized by environmental interventions and/or disproportionately impacted by climate change, including but not limited to Indigenous and Black communities, people living with disabilities and neurodiversity, female identified persons, and people who identify as LGBTQ2SAI+ is highly encouraged. All members should have experience in, knowledge of, and/or an interest in just climate action and resilience at SFU.

Role

Group members are asked to review materials to be discussed at meetings, attend/contribute at meetings, engage in constructive and respectful dialogue, and to honour the confidentiality of other members.

Honorarium

Student members will receive a honorarium of $750 for the completion of the full appointment.

Schedule

The Sustainability Advisory Council will meet for two hours, once per month and at the call of the Chair/Facilitator. Meetings will be scheduled with a minimum of four (4) weeks advance notice before the meeting date.

Expressions of Interest

SFU community members are invited to submit an expression of interest to join the sustainability advisory council for a one-year term. Please complete the web survey by March 30, 2021* with the following information:

  • Your contact information (SFU email address, phone number, and your preferred means of contact)
  • Your role or program(s) of study at SFU
  • A brief statement (400 words maximum) of your interest in participating on the sustainability advisory council

*Update (April 15, 2021): We are currently reviewing expressions of interest for the Sustainability Advisory Council, and continue to welcome new submissions. Please send an email to sustainability@sfu.ca to chat with us about submitting an expression of interest for the Sustainability Advisory Council after the initial March 30 deadline or to discuss other ways to engage in sustainability and climate action work at SFU. There will be various ways for all SFU community members to engage with the work of the SFU2025 Plan. 

For more information on SFU’s five-year strategic sustainability plan, visit sfu.ca/sustainability/sfu2025

* Sustainability_Advisory_Council_form.pdf
Download the Sustainability Advisory Council submission form