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BURNABY, BC – Embark, the student-led sustainability society at SFU, has published a Student Sustainability Vision for the university. The document, titled “SFU in 2021: A Student Sustainability Vision”, paints a picture of students' sustainability aspirations for SFU and will help shape the university’s next Sustainability Strategic Plan.
The Vision document is the culmination of a four-month engagement process that gathered input from more than 500 students via in-person conversations at SFU’s three campuses, an online survey, and the Student Sustainability Summit. The Vision comes in response to the renewal of SFU’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, SFU 2021, a plan which will dictate SFU's sustainability priorities over the next five years and provide longer-term goals for sustainability at SFU. The university was receptive to obtaining input from the community and Embark used this opportunity to gather and assemble input from students to submit for consideration.
The 21-page document provides a comprehensive vision for the university. It contains an overarching Vision Statement, which details how students envision a sustainable SFU, and provides goals for the university in six sustainability topics that align with SFU’s Sustainability Reporting Initiative: energy and emissions; waste and consumption; learning and discovery; mobility and travel; society and equity; risk and resilience.
The Vision has set a precedent for future decision-making and planning at SFU, giving students and community members an opportunity to speak out about issues and concerns that matter to them. The full Vision can be read and downloaded at embarksustainability.org/vision.
“Developing this vision is a critical step in the future of SFU - SFU has opened its planning processes to student input, and this really promotes community engagement and gives students a voice in the future of the SFU community.”
Amy Farahbakhsh, Program Manager
“The response to the Vision has been overwhelmingly positive. Students are eager to help shape SFU – and the university is just as eager to engage students. The Vision has been so well received because it provided the space for both students and the university to come together, and to do so around an important topic. ”
Josh Cairns, Executive Director, Embark
524 students provided input into the Vision
Students from all three campuses were engaged