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the University. It considers what will happen to an
item through its lifecycle. How will it be repaired?
What will happen to it at the end of its life? Will
it be disassembled and be used in other ways?
Will it end up in the landfill? The lifecycle tool is
integral to a circular economy which promotes
keeping materials and resources in use as long as
possible, rather than relying on a linear economy,
which involves making products designed for quick
use and disposal."
"We are beginning to work upstream in the
lifecycle," Le Roy adds. "So far, our entire zero
waste initiative has been about managing the
waste as it enters the bin. Now we're working on
reducing the amount of waste that comes to the
University in the first place and on making smart
purchasing decisions that last, so that the products we buy are durable over time. This saves the
University money over the long-term. For example,
we have guidelines about vendors and what kinds
of materials they can use in takeout containers.
We're trying to change the waste stream profile
from the very top level, which can be a financial
and environmental benefit."
Earlier this year, SFU's Zero Waste Initiative
received the Innovation Award from the National
Association of College and University Business
Officers (NACUBO) and First Prize in the Canadian
Association of University Business Officers
(CAUBO) Quality & Productivity Awards. "Overall,"
concludes Le Roy, "what we can share with others is that sustainability projects like this do as
much for overall organizational excellence as they
do for the environment. They drive continuous
improvement through multiple departments while
simultaneously having positive environmental and
economic outcomes. They are also excellent staff
and community engagement initiatives that bring
the community together with shared successes."
Across campus at the Facilities Services department, for example, Energy Specialist Bernard Chan
and his colleagues recently made a splash when
they announced that water usage across the campus was down an amazing 21 percent compared
to 2009. "We keep track of water consumption
every month and we have a tally on a year-by-year
basis," says Chan. "If you look at the chart, you'll
notice that compared to 2009/2010, despite our
campus growing by about four per cent, water
consumption has actually decreased."
Chan says these numbers are the result of
several water-saving projects initiated under
Facilities Services' Sustainable Operations plan,
such as installing low flow toilets and retrofits of
water intensive facilities. The goal was to reduce
water consumption and improve water resource
management.

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PARTNERSHIPS
Metro Vancouver is a partner in developing a
new standard for public space waste management
(new standardized colours etc for signage). They
are also a leader in the field of zero waste/circular
economy and setting the policy environment to
help support our work.
The University of British Columbia and The
University of Victoria have provided collegial
advice and sharing their experience.
The cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey,
the municipalities in which our three campuses
are situated, helped us to develop our standardized system to ensure it would meet the different
requirements, regulations, and bylaws of each and
still be standard across all 3 campuses.

Facilities Services is currently working on a new
project to install approximately 360 water-saving
showerheads in student residences. Chan says the
new showerheads, funded by Fortis BC, will reduce
water consumption in the residences by about
8,000 m3-enough water to fill up SFU's swimming pool 12 times. As a side benefit, it will also
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 tonnes
CO2e - roughly equivalent to the annual emissions
produced by 19 passenger vehicles.
Dana Beaton, Associate Director of Residence
Ancillary Services, estimates that the new watersaving showerheads will save the department
more than $150,000 in natural gas and water consumption over the next five years. "I think for the
students in residence and at SFU," Chan reflects,
"sustainability is an important issue. So when the
Fortis BC program was offered there seemed to
be no downside moving forward."
While Chan and Telling advance staff-driven
initiatives, their colleagues at the Sustainability
Office and the Embark Student Sustainability
Association are engaging students and faculty
in other ways. The Sustainability Peer Education
Program, for instance, is a segment of SFU's larger
Peer Education program that consists of seven
program areas and over 120 student peer educators per term. Ali White, Programs Manager of
Embark, explains, "All Peer Educators gain skills
and knowledge through centralized training and
area specific training. Training is delivered in a
blended format with some components online
and other components delivered in person."
White continues, "[The] Sustainability Peer
Education program...develops student sustainability leaders through personal and professional
development. Specifically, the Peers work in
teams to develop high-impact projects on campus that address one or more of the ambitious

goals set out in SFU's Sustainability Strategic Plan.
Each Sustainability Peer Educator attends workshops and receives mentorship from Embark and
Sustainability Office staff, gaining valuable project
management skills in the process."
Additionally, staff and faculty across SFU's three
campuses are encouraged to help the University
realize these goals by encouraging and awarding their efforts in a program called Sustainable
Spaces. Participating spaces (offices, labs, dining
vendors, events) receive a certificate celebrating
their certification status and are acknowledged
on the SFU Sustainability Office website and in
other publications for their positive contribution
to sustainability at SFU. Efforts made by participating spaces will also be included in Sustainability
Strategic Plan reports and communications.
Of course, Sustainability is woven throughout
academia at SFU, in faculties, programs, courses
and curriculum that are based on social, economic
and ecological sustainability or incorporate aspects
of these themes. Many SFU research projects have
improved the University's surrounding communities and the Alumni roster includes many successful
and upcoming social entrepreneurs.
While SFU has made substantial progress
towards its sustainable campus policy, we continue
to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, senior
leadership and community partners to strive to
improve processes to scale transformational sustainability. For more information on sustainability
initiatives at SFU, or to partner, please visit www.
sfu.ca/sustainability.html.
Alexandre Pappas is the
communications officer
for SFU's Vice-President,
Finance and
Administration. He was
formerly a
Communications Officer
for the Government of Canada in Ottawa and
now resides in Vancouver. apappas@sfu.ca
Ashleigh Erwin is the
communications lead for
SFU's Sustainability
Office. She brings over 10
years of communications
experience in private,
public and non-profit
sectors. aerwin@sfu.ca
1

Please note: this figure does not account for disposal
fees/rebates for other material streams

2

Waste diversion for 2016 was 55.4 percent.

3

These figures are for the Burnaby campus only.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of College Services - Summer 2017

Opening Remarks: Presidential Perspective
Future-proofing your organization’s leadership
Perspectives on strong campus housing partnerships from both sides of the table
Achieving institutional excellence through collaborative sustainability efforts
New partners for new ventures
Corporate Partnerships: Focus on university partnership
Partnerships and possibilities: Working together to bring a food truck to campus
What vendors wish we knew
Partnerships key to addressing food insecurity at WSU
Student Author Contest winners
Partnership at its core: Arizona State University's Sun Devil Fitness Complex and the Downtown YMCA
In Closing Executive Summary
Professional Development Calendar
Advertisers Index/Advertisers.com
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Opening Remarks: Presidential Perspective
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Future-proofing your organization’s leadership
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Perspectives on strong campus housing partnerships from both sides of the table
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Achieving institutional excellence through collaborative sustainability efforts
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College Services - Summer 2017 - New partners for new ventures
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Corporate Partnerships: Focus on university partnership
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Partnerships and possibilities: Working together to bring a food truck to campus
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College Services - Summer 2017 - What vendors wish we knew
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Partnerships key to addressing food insecurity at WSU
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Student Author Contest winners
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Partnership at its core: Arizona State University's Sun Devil Fitness Complex and the Downtown YMCA
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College Services - Summer 2017 - In Closing Executive Summary
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College Services - Summer 2017 - Professional Development Calendar
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