Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. For this, we need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.


SFU professor Woo Soo Kim, scientific director of the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation

B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation

In September 2022, the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI) officially opened its doors at SFU's Surrey Campus. BCCAI will accelerate the research and development of new technologies in the agritech space, ultimately driving economic growth and recovery in British Columbia, while addressing climate change and food security challenges in the region.

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Urban Resilient Futures City of Burnaby Program

Cities that depend on the fossil fuel economy face an uncertain future as Canada transitions towards its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet cities have an extensive toolkit to reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change—from building codes to land use planning to active transportation infrastructure—and are essential partners if Canada is to meet its international emissions reductions commitments. Beginning this transition early will reduce the cost of stranded infrastructure, help cities to establish their competitive advantage in the global marketplace and increase the chance that Canada will meet its 2030 targets under the Paris Accord.

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SFU Mechatronic Systems Engineering Professor Woo Soo Kim is collaborating with Swiss researchers to develop an eco-friendly, 3D-printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things sensors. The research team is using a wood-derived cellulose material to replace the plastics and polymeric materials currently used in electronics.

SEE Researcher Receives Innovate BC Award

A sustainable energy engineering researcher and his industry partner are recipients of the Innovate BC award through its Ignite Program. SEE professor, Gordon McTaggart-Cowan, in collaboration with Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) have been awarded $300,000.

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Community-Centered Climate Innovation at SFU

As climate change intensifies, impacts will be felt at the community level. Simon Fraser University's unique approach to this is community-centred climate innovation, founded on community partnerships, innovation and a deep commitment to Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.

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  • 315 publications related to SDG 9, 2017-2022 (source: SciVal)
  • 117 active research projects related to SDG 9 funded from 2017 - 2022

Teaching and learning

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

SFU Beedie School of Business' Innovation and Entrepreneurship program's training develops renewable competencies such as creativity and adaptability, team work and collaboration skills, communication and implementation—which prepare students for an employment landscape that is rapidly changing.

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I2i graduate certificate in science & technology commercialization

Invention to Innovation (i2I) is a unique and rewarding entrepreneurship program offered by the Beedie School of Business that helps scientists and engineers commercialize their inventions and overcome marketplace challenges.

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SFU Students to Develop Zero Emissions Retrofit for Stanley Park Train

With the goal of a more sustainable future and an openness for collaboration to bring innovative problem-solving projects to fruition, SFU’s first cohort from the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, CityStudio Vancouver and the City of Vancouver are working together to electrify the Stanley Park Train. The student team made up of Mackenzie Calder, Thomas Hruby, Felipe Patarroyo Singh and Pamela Subia are applying their engineering skills to retrofit a gasoline engine to an emissions-free power unit as part of this goal.

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First Year SEE Students Apply Engineering Skills to Solve Sustainability Problems

First-year students, from the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) in SEE 111 - Integrated Energy Solution 1, split into eight groups comprised of four to five team members to apply the engineering design process to develop a solution to a sustainability problem of their choice. The groups convened in the Capstone Design Lab on SFU Surrey campus last week to present their projects. The groups brought with them enthusiasm as they prepared to present their projects in front of the audience.

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Facts and Figures

  • 8 courses relating to SDG 9, representing 1,196 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic year


SFU's new Dining Commons features 28,000 sq ft of sustainable dining space.


Significant Dining Expansion Unveiled at SFU Burnaby

Designed to LEED Gold specifications, the Dining Commons features 28,000 sq ft of sustainable dining space, including 500 indoor seats and large skylights that make use of natural light. The building further boasts a large outdoor patio and a mezzanine with a variety of seating configurations, including family-style tables, bistro, and bar seating. Combined with ample access to electrical outlets and free Wi-Fi, the Dining Commons is an ideal location for students to eat, socialize and study alone or in groups.

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