Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


The North Shore Rain Garden Project

The North Shore Rain Garden Project, a Faculty of Environment partnership with municipalities and community groups, launched its first green technology demonstration in October 2019. The team designed, built and installed two rain gardens, one located in West Vancouver’s Douglas Park and the second at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall.

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Research, Teaching and Learning

Ancient Indigenous forest gardens promote a healthy ecosystem: SFU study

A study by SFU historical ecologists found that Indigenous-managed forests—cared for as forest gardens—contain more biologically and functionally diverse species than surrounding conifer-dominated forests and create important habitat for animals and pollinators. The findings were published in Ecology and Society and mark the first time that Indigenous forest gardens have been studied in North America.

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Facts and Figures

  • 279 research publications relating to SDG 15, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 51 active research projects related to SDG 10 were funded 2016 - 2020
  • 8 courses relating to SDG 15, representing 914 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic years



2,114 trees inventoried on Burnaby campus

SFU's Burnaby campus grounds are home to many native planting areas in which salal berries, ferns and mosses can be found throughout the campus. Native plant species in all new planting programs, especially when the area is near or adjacent to natural areas such as forest edges, swales and creeks. 

Cuttings from landscaping and maintenance are mulched and spread back into the forested areas on campus so the nutrients can be returned to the system. In an effort to protect the watersheds and creeks on Burnaby Mountain and reduce salt contamination, SFU has also implemented a Salt Management Plan to reduce the amount of salt used on university roads and parking lots in wintry road conditions. 

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