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-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Erica Lay
Sustainability Planning and Development Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

-the Director of the SFU Sustainability Office has been an active Steering Committee member on the Burnaby Environmental Sustainability Strategy(ESS) Steering Committee since 2012. As a Steering Committee member, the Director represents the University as a key stakeholder in the City of Burnaby ESS development process, attending all committee meetings and discussions, including those involving the food security and waste management sub-committees. This partnership also involved the Director providing the City with access to the SFU community for outreach.
More on this process can be found on the City of Burnaby ESS website: http://www.burnaby.ca/Our-City-Hall/Mayor---Council/Boards--Committees---Commissions/Environmental-Sustainability-Strategy-Steering-Committee.html
*note: at the time of the STARS submissions, the Director of the Sustainability Office had recently changed, with the incoming director not yet listed on the ESS Steering Committee.

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

The Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management is an innovative, inter-disciplinary team conducting research, training, and educational initiatives in support of sustainability and conservation in Coastal British Columbia, Canada.
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.

Administratively, the Hakai Network is a collaboration between the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University and the Tula Foundation but in practice, the Network is a composite of scholars, scientists, First Nations, community partners and other skilled individuals from Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A Steering Committee liaises with the Hakai Beach Institute and coastal communities to direct the research goals of the network. The network fosters the growth of young scientists by employing a selection of environmental graduate students and post doctoral researchers as Hakai Scholars and Research Assistants. Affiliates from all over are invited to participate in our research programs.

The network is operated by a Director (Ken Lertzman), an Administrative Coordinator (Laurie Wood), with guidance from a steering committee of core faculty (Anne Salomon, Dana Lepofsky, John Reynolds) who work extensively with their students on the Central Coast on Hakai Network research. Other faculty at SFU and elsewhere are involved primarily in the context of individual research programs.
Members of the Network are researchers who support the vision and objectives of the Network and are actively involved in its research. The roughly 123 individuals who can be considered members by this criterion represent nine universities from Canada and the United States, three levels of government (Federal, Provincial/State and First Nations), ENGO’s, and individuals. Research priorities for the Network are developed collaboratively with our partners primarily, the First Nations communities of the Central Coast and the Hakai Beach Institute. About 20 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers are supported directly by the Network with a number of others being associated with the Network’s activities.

More information, including the annual report, can be found on the Hakai Network website: http://www.sfu.ca/hakai.html

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

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