Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.90
Liaison Pegah Djamzad
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ashleigh Erwin
Manager, Communications and Engagement
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):
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The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Subscribers receive a monthly newsletter from the Sustainability Office with updates on sustainability related news, events and opportunities at SFU.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

SFU's Sustainability Office manages the following social media platforms that focus on campus sustainability:

Twitter: @SFUSustain
https://twitter.com/SFUSustain

Instagram: @sfusustain
https://www.instagram.com/sfusustain/

Facebook: SFU Sustainability Office
https://www.facebook.com/SFUSustainabilityOffice/

Embark, an independent, student-led not-for-profit based out of Simon Fraser University that empowers the next generation of student sustainability leaders manages the following social media platforms:

Twitter: @EmbarkSustain
https://twitter.com/EmbarkSustain

Instagram: @embarksustainability
https://www.instagram.com/embarksustainability/

Facebook: Embark Sustainability
https://www.facebook.com/EmbarkSustainability/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

SFU's Resource & Environmental Management Program's student research page provides open access to student research and thesis papers.

Examples research papers include: Regulation x Sustainable Development: A Case for Land-Based Aquaculture for First Nations;Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment: Connecting Impact with Policy Intent; Evaluating National Environmental Sustainability: Performance Measures and Influential Factors for OECD-Member Countries featuring Canadian Performance and Policy Implications and more.

Full list available at: https://www.sfu.ca/rem/research/thesis.html

SFU's Mechatronics Systems Engineering students are required to conclude their degree with a team-based Capstone Project that brings together all the technical skills and hands-on experience they have acquired during their program. This practical and innovative project is a highlight for many students, providing them with a forum to tackle an open-ended engineering problem of their choosing.

Examples capstone projects include: Beehive Monitoring System; Intelligent Garbage Sorting Bin for Homes; Energy Harvesting Tree and much more.

Full list available at: https://www.sfu.ca/mechatronics/current-students/undergraduate-students/capstone-projects.html


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :
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The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

SFU food vendors certified through the Sustainable Spaces receive a framed Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate and decal based on the percent of recommended sustainable dining actions completed. These certifications and decals are displayed by vendors to promote their commitment to sustainability and sustainable food systems including local food sourcing, OceanWise certification, FairTrade coffee, chocolate and tea served, and much more.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Each of SFU's three campuses are accessible by sustainable transportation options. Campus specific sustainable transportation information is available through SFU website:

Burnaby Campus: https://www.sfu.ca/campuses/maps-and-directions/burnaby-map.html

Vancouver Campus: https://www.sfu.ca/campuses/maps-and-directions/vancouver-map.html

Surrey Campus: https://www.sfu.ca/campuses/maps-and-directions/surrey-map.html

SFU's Parking & Mobility Services Alternative Transportation page further highlights sustainable transportation methods and guides for: transit, car sharing, carpooling and ride-sharing, cycling and walking.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

SFU's Parking & Sustainable Mobility Services' Alternative Transportation page includes navigational and educational tools for cyclists at SFU including: maps, bike storage information, and a link to Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group's (SFPIRG's) bike tool co-op and volunteer bike mechanics program. It also provides a trail map on the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

SFU's Sustainability in Residence page provides tips and guides on how residents and staff of SFU's Residence and Housing can incorporate sustainability into their daily routines to become more sustainable. Examples include tips on reducing waste and water consumption, composting in residences and more.

SFU's Sustainability Office is in the process of launching the Sustainable Spaces Residences program.


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

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