Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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Simon Fraser University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

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 collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:

A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:

-SFU’s Green Labs Guide;
-the SFU Sustainability Portal: http://www.sfu.ca/sustainability.html;
-the Sustainability Advisory Committee annual report

The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:

-SFU is a member of the provincial Higher Education Carbon Neutral Committee which is made up of representatives from all of the post-secondary institutions in the province. An SFU employee serves as a co-chair of the committee. This committee meets monthly to share information and discuss issues related to greenhouse gas reduction on BC post-secondary institution campuses.

Workplace Conservation Awareness:
As a long-term member of the BC Hydro Workplace Conservation Awareness (WCA) program, SFU engages in quarterly conference calls with other WCA member universities around the province of BC, where updates and resources on programs are shared such as:
-SFU’s Green Labs Guide;
- the social media strategy that is used for the SO and sustainability at SFU;
- the model for certification for Green Labs and Green Offices.
-SFU is part of the BC Municipal Waste Research Collaborative, set up by Metro Vancouver and UBC to host round-table discussions on waste issues in the region.

-SFU is a part of the RECYC-L College and University Recycling Coordinator email list set up by Brown University - it has members of a huge number of institutions in the US and Canada and the group constantly discusses waste and recycling issues in institutions, amongst other things.

-SFU is also a member of AASHE.

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

-SFU has been collaborating with UBC and UVIC around zero waste stations and public communication for several years.

-SFU is one of the founding members of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, which pools resources and expertise to address critical climate-related questions through robust research and direction connection with the BC provincial government.

-SFU has provided assistance and advice to other universities on an adhoc basis when they request it. This assistance is usually on planning processes, our zero waste efforts, and our policies.

-SFU is a founding member of the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management, an innovative, inter-disciplinary team conducting research, training, and educational initiatives in support of sustainability and conservation in Coastal British Columbia, Canada. (http://www.sfu.ca/hakai.html)

The Hakai Network was launched on September 14, 2010 through a partnership between SFU and the Tula Foundation and is based in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. The Hakai Network works across many disciplines including marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, resource policy and planning, archaeology and statistics. With funding from the Tula Foundation, faculty, post doctoral researchers and students collaborate with First Nations and community partners and researchers from other organizations on projects that focus on the sustainability, resilience and well being of the people and ecosystems of British Columbia’s Central Coast.

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

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