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The SFU's 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan establishes SFU's sustainability goals, defines SFU's climate action targets and outlines how SFU will take action to achieve them. This Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) website is part of a project that will benefit our community at large by helping inform SFU's Global Engagement Plan. 

There are a number of ways the SFU community and public can get involved.  We encourage you to engage with us.




Simon Fraser University's Research Intelligence Office has developed a tool designed to help answer the question, "does anybody at SFU work on that?" Our Research Expertise Engine (REE) is currently available for internal use.  It is a tool to help us—and you—find a colleague with specific expertise and interests. The REE is available in a beta release, exclusively for the SFU community—in the near future, it will be made public and be a resource to help anyone connect with SFU researchers that have the desired expertise.

Update your profile with the SDGs your research has contributed to. SFU researchers can turn any SDG of choice "on" or "off" in their settings. This will serve as not only a tool to show what SDGs your research is connected to, but will also help others learn more about each of the 17 SDGs.

Connect with us about SFU's Research Expertise



Since 2019, SFU has participated in THE Impact Rankings, the only global platform that assesses universities performance against the SDGs. Ranking once more among the world’s top 10 universities for our commitment to sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) (Times Higher Education 2022 Impact Rankings) and within the top 10 in the country for climate action (SDG 13) and peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16), SFU has demonstrated its potential to be a global leader in advancing this global commitment. 

These rankings show only a slice of the myriad of activities taking place at SFU that align with the SDGs, and only hint at the potential and opportunities for mobilizing our strengths for deepened and sustained impact at local, national and international scales.


The purpose of this project is to broaden and deepen our understanding of current activities taking place at SFU that contribute to the SDGS locally, nationally and internationally, and to mobilize the SFU community around strengthening and deepening work towards the achievement of the SDGs.

The project involves gathering quantitative and qualitative data about each of the core functional areas of the institution—Research, Teaching and Learning, Operations, and Engagement—according to pre-identified indicators or information that align activities with the SDGs.

Phase 1: Scanning 

Scan and analyze existing quantitative and qualitative data from across the institution, in each of SFU’s core functional areas: Research, Teaching & Learning, Operations and Engagement to understand what we are already doing. In this phase, the project team will:

  • Identify areas of strength in which SFU already excels and can deepen its engagement in each of the institution’s four functional areas, and cross-institutionally.
  • Identify key institutional stakeholders and potential champions for the SDGs.
  • Compile ideas and modalities for SDG mobilization from other universities in Canada and across the globe.
  • Provide data, reports and story ideas to SFU communications and marketing staff to populate an institution-wide website on SFU’s contributions to the SDGs.

Phase 2: Stakeholder Engagement

Design and conduct a thoughtful, inclusive stakeholder engagement process to deepen our understanding of the work currently being done, and to generate ideas and recommendations for deepening SFU’s impact on the SDGs. In this phase the project team will: 

  • Identify SDGs or intersectional areas with the highest potential for SFU to provide leadership and impact at local, national and international levels
  • Generate considerations and ideas for deepening engagement with the SDGs in ways that are inclusive of reconciliation, EDI or institutional priorities (SDGs++)
  • Develop recommendations for supporting, resourcing and coordinating SDG-related efforts across the institution
  • Validate and expand the data collected during the Phase 1.

Project Benefits

This project will benefit the SFU community at large by:

  • Providing a common language for global engagement which is recognized across sectors (e.g., academia, government, NGO, industry) around the world
  • Identifying the areas in which SFU is currently excelling and ways to deepen engagement/progress in these areas
  • Prioritizing the areas of transformation where SFU has space and capacity to lead and deepen engagement on the SDGs
  • Informing the baseline for assessing SFU’s contributions to mobilizing for the SDGs locally, nationally and globally
  • Providing data and stories to communicate about SFU’s engagement with the SDGs
SFU International SDG Initiative: Report on Phase 1 - Institutional Scan

What is SFU currently doing that contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals locally and globally, and what are considerations and opportunities for SFU to deepen its engagement and impact?

This report is the result of a data-gathering intitiaive across the SFU community and its three campuses about SDG related activities in each of the core functional areas of the institution: Research, Teaching and Learning, Campus Operations and Engagement. Its purpose is to deepen our understanding of SFU's leadership in the implementation of SDG goals, map current activities and identify potential future actions to enhance SFU’s contribution to the SDGs.

Read the full report

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Are you involved in, or know of, an SFU sustainability project or initiative pertaining to the SDGs that you would like shared more widely? Are you outside of the SFU community and would like to learn more about this initiative or are interested in partnership opportunities? 

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