Our Sustainable Initiatives

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Fairtrade on Campus

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SFU is proud to be recognized as the first University in Canada to be awarded Fairtrade Gold status, the highest level of designation πŸ…πŸ«πŸŒβ˜•οΈπŸ΅πŸ₯‘πŸŒΉπŸ‘©‍🌾🌍

What does this mean? It means that SFU, and departments like SFU Dining, aim to make a positive difference in the lives of farmers, workers, and communities around the globe by paying fairer prices and ensuring decent working conditions.

Some of the Fairtrade products we use on campus include: Fairtrade chocolate, bananas, sugar, tea, coffee, cocoa + avocados.

From opening Canada's first Fairtrade Starbucks in 2013, to achieving Fairtrade Gold Status in 2020, we are proud to be pioneers for the Fairtrade movement in Canada and we look forward to what the next Fairtrade adventure will bring!  

Read the full article on our Fairtrade designation here

For more information on Fair Trade, click here. | For more information on Fair Trade at SFU, click here.

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Our Initiatives

SFU Dining Services is committed to supporting sustainability through SFU's Zero Waste initiative.  As an institutional leader in building a sustainable society, SFU is committed to pursuing ecological, social and economic sustainability to its operations, research, academics, campus and community engagement.

For more information on SFU's Commitment to Sustainability, click here.

Recycling

We recycle on campus to reduce and reuse material. On Campus, we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, steel, aluminum, paper, plastic and e-waste.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2.  Our first priority is to reduce food waste.  We compost food waste to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also to enhance and amend soil health by improving soil structure, enhancing micro-organism content, increasing drought tolerance and reducing need for water and fertilizers.

Reusable Cup

Due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, SFU Dining has temporarily paused our reusable cup program until further notice. For more information about SFU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak please click here

Local Suppliers

At SFU Dining Services, we source our products from local suppliers Vikram Vij, Ethical Bean, Portofino Bakery, Kam's Bakery, El ComalLocal Food Trucks + more! Sourcing locally grown produce has a number of benefits which include better tasting food that is higher in nutrients, supporting local farm families, building communities, and preservation of local farms.  Our goal is to source a minimum of 25% of our produce locally, and a minimum of 30% of all of our products.  

GoGreen Reusable Containers

Due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, SFU has temporarily paused the GoGreen container and reusable cutlery pilot programs until further notice. For more information about SFU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak please click here.

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