- The Goals
- SDG 1: No Poverty
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger
- SDG 3: Good health and well-being
- SDG 4: Quality education
- SDG 5: Gender equality
- SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
- SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
- SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
- SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
- SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
- SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
- SDG 13: Climate action
- SDG 14: Life below water
- SDG 15: Life on land
- SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
The Sustainable Development Goals
SFU's 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability Plan provides the foundation for SFU's sustainability efforts and helps guide our work towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
17 goals to transform our world
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries—developed and developing—in a global partnership.
SFU ranks among Canada's top 20 universities for our commitment to the SDGs in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. We are committed to bold actions for a better future.
From partnering with the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, to chronicling the journey of women, poverty and education in Mexico, SFU is engaging communities to support the end of poverty in all its forms.
To end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, SFU researchers are developing renewable and creative strategies to support sustainable food systems and reduce food waste.
SFU supports health across the human lifespan. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, SFU researchers co-led a new national infectious disease modeling network, mapped COVID-19 vulnerabilities in B.C. communities and informed decision-makers on managing travel restrictions more effectively.
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
From 2016 to 2020, SFU researchers published at least 178 research publications supporting inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities.
Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, SFU tracked the gender gap across some of Canada's most influential national news media, launched its first diversity meter and reinvented the future with Canada’s first and only artificial intelligence enrichment program for young women. SFU is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted and appreciated in learning, teaching, research and work.
From innovative student start-ups to a new national research and training program, SFU supports availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.
SFU’s energy research groups work to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition to help support access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
From 2016 to 2020, SFU researchers published 222 publications supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work.
SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SFU's innovation strategy engages SFU researchers, staff and students with our communities and partners to solve societal challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. SFU builds resilient infrastructure, promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fosters innovation.
The pandemic is likely to reverse progress made in reducing income inequality since the financial crisis. SFU is working on foundational concepts related to equity, racial justice, Indigenous rights and decolonization through a collaborative process.
In 2020, SFU was ranked as the top university in the world for impact on sustainable cities and communities. Renewable Cities is a global program of SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue whose mission is to support cities through the transition to 100% renewable energy and increased energy efficiency.
Between 2000 and 2017 the global material footprint increased by 70%. As a partnership between SFU and UBC students, a mobile app was created to allow individuals to track how many cups they have saved by choosing to use a reusable mug. SFU is also raising awareness and sharing opportunities to reduce food waste.
The climate crisis continues, largely unabated. Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions require shifting economies towards carbon neutrality. SFU has joined the United Nations' Race To Zero global campaign and our 2025 Sustainability Plan mobilizes the institution to combat climate action.
SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
The sustainability of our oceans is under severe threat. SFU researchers are working to recover sea life population and implementing strategies to support this sustainability crisis.
SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
More than a quarter of species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list are threatened with extinction. SFU has a number of initiatives and projects, courses and people working to support SDG 15.
SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SFU has a mandate to foster shared understanding and positive action through dialogue and engagement. The university incorporates environmental, social and corporate governance considerations into its investment decisions.
SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
SFU has more than 250 international partnerships for research, experiential learning, academic collaborations and sustainable development projects. Our strong network of partners allow us to work together, across disciplines, sectors and countries, to mobilize on the SDGs globally.