Six goals for sustainability and climate action
Simon Fraser University’s original SFU 2020-2025 Sustainability Plan (.pdf) was approved in January 2020. The current version, SFU's 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (.pdf), is a refresh of the plan to reflect the substantial shift in context “post” pandemic, the need to modernize some aspects of the plan (e.g., equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), Indigenous focus) and to align the plan with the Embedding Sustainability and Climate Action Approach (ESCAA).
The refreshed plan was approved by the SFU executive team and Board of Governors at the September 2022 Board meeting. This document will continue as a living plan and process to reflect an adaptive and iterative planning and implementation process. Future versions (if any) will carry a version number and date. These changes will be approved by at least one SFU vice-president (VP).
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SFU’s 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan is built around six goals that address organizational culture and systems change in each of the university's VP portfolios:
- Learning and Teaching;
- People, Equity and Inclusion;
- External and Community Engagement;
- Operations; and
- Advancement and Alumni Engagement.
Actions were chosen by each VP in consultation with the central SFU Sustainability team. They cross many different “impact” levels (systemic, cultural, quick wins) and address the different types of levers available to each VP portfolio. This structure ensures that sustainability and climate action are embedded and interwoven into all major areas of SFU.
In addition to the work included in Goals 3 and 4, SFU commits to integrating justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and truth and reconciliation as a critical thread across the entire strategic plan and throughout implementation plans.