Our Sustainable Initiatives


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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.

Fair Trade on Campus

At SFU Dining Services, we are the leader in driving objectives and Fair Trade practices on Campus.

Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. SFU is committed to being a model for community sustainability, demonstrating leadership through support of Fair Trade and advocating for ethical purchasing practices throughout the University community.  Our Fair Trade products include bananas, coffee, sugar, tea and more!

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


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.


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

Bring your own reusable mug to fill up your coffee or tea at any of our cafés or Starbucks locations on campus and receive $0.10 off your beverage. Additionally, you can purchase reusable mugs at the SFU Book Store.

Local Suppliers

At SFU Dining Services, we source our products from local suppliers Vikram Vij, Ethical Bean, Portofino Bakery, Kam's Bakery, Vancouver Farmer's Market Direct (Taves Family Farm - Applebarn, Klippers Organics, Sunberry Farms, Forager's Delight), Local 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

GoGreen is a re-usable container program that helps reduce single-use plastics and products at Simon Fraser University. Launching as a pilot in September 2019, the program is an easy way for community members to enjoy food on campus without the waste.

GoGreen is currently in a pilot phase with a select number of staff and faculty. This is to ensure that the campus-wide launch in 2020 is as effective and efficient as possible. The first phase of the pilot will take place at the Mackenzie Café in the Academic Quadrangle of the SFU Burnaby campus.

For more information on GoGreen Reusable Containers, click here.

How it Works

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Stay tuned for more new and exciting sustainability initiatives coming to the Burnaby campus this fall!