Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.43
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date May 3, 2011
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Simon Fraser University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Candace Le Roy
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:
Section 3: Research in and for Sustainability

3.1 Sustainability as a topic of research

Sustainability research concerns the disciplined and rigorous investigation of the means to create and maintain conditions that enable societies to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is expected that knowledge discovered through this research will be communicated for the public benefit
Sustainability research considers one or more of the ecological, economic, social and cultural factors and their interconnections necessary to create conditions that are at once sustainable, viable and equitable. Sustainability research can be interdisciplinary, crossing traditional academic areas.
SFU’s multi-campus, interdisciplinary environment has a broad range of sustainability research areas including: social/environmental justice, ecological resilience, environmental learning, equity, diversity, human and labour rights, economic prosperity, land-use planning, resource management, socially-engaged cultural and artistic production, and health and well-being. Sustainability research may also help us develop new technologies and processes such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, iPhone applications, and new materials.

3.2 Sustainability methods in research
Research that uses sustainable methods may or may not investigate a sustainability topic. Sustainable methods would include any effort by the researcher to decrease the environmental and social impact of their study. This might include:
− Reducing or eliminating energy and materials use
− Reducing or eliminating toxic by-products
− Reducing or eliminating impact on people and communities
− Reducing or eliminating harm to non-human animals
− Obtaining research funds from ethical sources

Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

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