Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.90
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Pegah Djamzad
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

National Zero Waste Council - http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx

AshokaU Changemaker Campus - http://ashokau.org

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - http://www.aashe.org

Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) - http://www.cagbc.org/

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) - http://mcspgroup.com/portal/

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) - http://www.pics.uvic.ca/about

Higher Education Carbon Neutral Committee -

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

During the previous year, SFU was the host institution for the:
Canada's 6th National Fair Trade Conference
2018 Post Secondary Recycling Forum

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Yes, SFU has submitted to multiple sustainability awards programs over the last year including:

NACUBO's Excellence in Sustainability Award (March 2018)

CAUBO's Quality and Productivity Award (January 2018) - 3rd place winner

APPA's Sustainability Innovation Award in Facilities Management (November 2017) - Winner

Burnaby Business Excellence Award in Environmental Sustainability - SFU a Finalist (September 2017)

Two case studies to AASHE's Campus Sustainability Hub: SFU’s 20-Year Sustainability Vision and Goals Case Study Submission (Finalist) and Simon Fraser University’s Zero Waste Initiative (both in May 2017)

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Erica Lay, Associate Director of the Sustainability Office is a the Co-chair of the BC Carbon Neutral Government Higher Education Committee.

Rachel Telling, SFU's Manager, Campus Sustainability is a member of the Burnaby Board of Trade's Environmental Sustainability Committee and the The BC Municipal Waste Research Collaborative's Steering Committee. She is also co-leading and developing the Post-Secondary Recycling Forum in Vancouver, BC.

Kayla Blok, Program Coordinator at the SFU Sustainability Office serves as the Sustainability Manager for the WACAUBO conference planning committee.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

SFU's waste diversion rate has increased from 25% to over 70% in three short years thanks to the institution's award winning Zero Waste Initiative. Given the program’s success, Rachel Telling, SFU's Manager, Campus Sustainability has worked with numerous post secondary institutions across North America and shared her insight on a successful waste diversion program. To date, Rachel has responded and engaged with over 50 of such requests and shared resources including signage information, bin type and allocation as well as tips on securing institutional and community buy-in to similar programs.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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