- 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 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
Focusing on six goals and 18 actions, SFU’s 2022-2025 Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan guides SFU to take bold steps to prioritize climate justice, resilience and action at our university and in our communities.
This renewed plan – approved in September 2022 – is an update to the original SFU 2020-2025 Sustainability Plan that was published in January 2020. It reflects the substantial shift in context “post” pandemic, modernizes some aspects of the plan and aligns the plan with the Embedding Sustainability and Climate Action Approach (ESCAA).
Embedding Sustainability and Climate Action Approach
The Embedding Sustainability and Climate Action Approach is a framework that the central SFU Sustainability team is using to facilitate the creation, implementation, evaluation and communication of SFU’s strategic sustainability and climate action plans in collaboration with each VP portfolio at SFU.
SFU at COP 27
SFU’s COP 27 delegation was the first formal delegation sent by SFU to the conference. The purpose of this delegation was to share our work, connect with other global organizations, document the conference and how climate negotiations take place, share with the SFU community what we see and learn, connect SFU student climate leaders with the youth delegation, speak at sessions and showcase SFU’s climate action leadership.
Climate Action Student Collaborative
The Climate Action Student Collaborative (CASC) is a comprehensive program that is designed to support the beginning of student exploration of a diverse range of climate action topics. It is meant to be flexible, in order to enable students to complete the program components at a pace that works for their unique needs.
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and SFU have collaborated on multiple regional-partnership initiatives. PICS unites experts from British Columbia’s four research universities (including SFU) with government, businesses and community leaders to generate evidence-based, usable, and durable solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. PICS supports BC’s GHG emissions reduction targets and contribute to resiliency across industry, business and multi-level government policies.
- Embark Sustainability’s Climate Action Team: This student-led non-profit at SFU is working to convene students and stakeholders to co-create climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies while encouraging personal commitments to responsible action.
- SFU 350: A student organization committed to engaging the SFU community in meaningful action against climate change in pursuit of a more sustainable world.
- ChangeSFU: A student-run environmental activism group based out of SFU Burnaby campus that aims to engage students of SFU in environmental movements through the organization of fun social networking events.
Sustainability Research Intersection: Exploring Climate Solutions
This event celebrated the remarkable research at SFU across four sustainability themes: energy futures, sustainability mobility, sustainable cities and nature-based solutions. The event also includes presentations and panel discussions from researchers, government and industry leaders.
SFU Sustainability and Climate Solutions Student Research Day
This event brought together SFU graduate students, faculty members, and researchers who are conducting research in sustainability and climate solutions, for an opportunity to share their work and develop interdisciplinary networks at SFU and beyond.
Community-Centred Climate Innovation at SFU
Community-centred climate innovation is a critical research program and priority at SFU that takes a community-first approach to co-develop and co-implement innovative solutions to address climate change. Community-centred climate innovation integrates three intersectoral research streams: adaptation, mitigation and sustainability, using three foundational approaches that inform our research: community partnerships, innovation, and valuing of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.
ACT – Action on Climate Team
ACT is the first and only university-based think tank initiative in North America dedicated to low carbon resilience and nature-based solutions to climate change impacts. ACT is moving action on climate change from scholarship to practice and back to ensure that governments, organizations and individuals have the information they need to urgently address climate change and its global impacts—while transitioning toward sustainability goals.
Facts and Figures
- 381 research publications relating to SDG 13, 2017-2022
- 203 active research projects related to SDG 13 funded from 2017-2022
Climate Change Accountability Report 2022
As part of B.C.’s carbon neutral public sector, SFU is required to submit a Climate Change Accountability Report (CCAR) to the B.C. Climate Action Secretariat (Ministry of Environment) and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education. The Report summarizes SFU’s annual GHG emissions (scope 1 and 2) from the government mandated reporting areas: direct and indirect fuel used for operating building systems (heating, cooling of buildings and electricity) and from consumption of office paper.
Climate Action at SFU
As part of SFU's Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, the university has made strong institutional commitments to mitigate and adapt to climate change.