Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Simon Fraser University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Erica Lay
Sustainability Planning and Development Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills Yes
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills ---
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution ---
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions ---
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

Sustainable SFU is an independent, student-led not-for-profit society working toward a sustainable future at Simon Fraser University campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. We provide sustainability advocacy, programming, and academic and professional development opportunities for our over 35,000 undergraduate and graduate student members.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Sustainable SFU Learning Garden is a new garden facility near SFU Burnaby’s Convocation Mall. This new garden is a student-centered education, social and event space. Our members will learn how to grow, eat, and share campus-grown food while making SFU Burnaby more sustainable.

Each season, plots are rented to student groups such as clubs, departmental students unions, and graduate caucuses, as well as SFU departments, labs and instructors. Sustainable SFU will host events and workshops about growing and using local food, garden management, and business development in the burgeoning food economy.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

Enactus is a global organization that uses entrepreneurial action as a catalyst for progress, taking the concepts of social entrepreneurship and the triple bottom-line to heart. Enactus teams develop innovative programs that address social, environmental and economics needs in the community, in an attempt to improve the quality of life and standard of living of others. Enactus SFU is open to all students at Simon Fraser University. Enactus acknowledges that there are no boundaries for students who want to be more entrepreneurial, want to meet people, and to share their passions while making a difference in the community. Enactus SFU is an established, yet growing organization that strives to create a bigger impact each year. With more than 60 active members running 6 sustainable programs, winning local and national awards recognizing the impact that the organization has had since being founded in 1991, Enactus SFU is the place for students to get involved, no matter what your background and past experience is!
Enactus SFU supports several student-run entrprises that included sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes, including Banner Bags (http://enactussfu.com/banner-bags/), and Hunger Actions (http://enactussfu.com/hunger-actions/).


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

Count on Me
Award-winning Count on Me’s mission is to educate youth on money management and to give student’s the confidence to achieve a brighter and sustainable future. We partner with youth programs to teach students at-risk of financial problems due to troubling economic and social backgrounds.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Public Square
SFU Public Square, a signature initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections, establishes Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern.

PICS-Speaker Series
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions runs a speaker series with a range of scholars from the lower mainland. Details can be found here: http://www.sfu.ca/climatechange/pics-sfu/events.html


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

At SFU Woodwards, there are diverse events offered, often for free, curated and put on by SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

In short, the outdoors club is a group of SFU students who love to be outside and are passionate about outdoor sports. Our members enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, mountaineering, snowshoeing, skiing, surfing, diving, and pretty much anything that gets us out in nature and having fun.

The club's objective (other than having a blast) is to create a community of SFU students who are outdoor enthusiasts, and help students discover new outdoor activities and realize the potential for adventure that British Columbia has. We're all about getting outside, having fun, trying new sports, and exploring the beautiful outdoor playground which surrounds us here in Vancouver.

The club provides the means for members to get in touch via monthly club socials and the message board (forum). Both are a great way to organize trips, share rides and gear, and meet other like-minded outdoorsy people. If you've never really done much outdoors stuff before, the club is also an excellent way to try out new activities and see what adventure sports are all about.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Environment One
This new first-year program is open to all students interested in pursing a degree program in the Faculty of Environment; all that’s needed is to identify your interest in an Arts or a Science degree. Explore your options in Environment and meet your fellow students regularly to discuss current events related to environmental issues while fulfilling core requirements for your degree stream.

Students in the Faculty of Environment learn about the scientific, political, economic and societal conditions that often make environmental issues controversial; they look to the past to give context to current events and use their education in natural and/or social sciences to inform future decisions. This broad approach gives our students critical insight into how we have changed - and are changing - our world while developing strategies and informing policies to create a more sustainable future.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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