C2UEXPO 2017 is Certified for Sustainability by SFU

  • By Mona Liu
  • 20 Apr, 2017

We’re pleased to announce that C2UExpo 2017 is the first ever event to be certified for #Sustainability through SFU’s Sustainability Office!

As a #C2UExpo project assistant, I’m proud to introduce you to some of the sustainable practices that you’ll see at the conference and at SFU, as well some measures you can take to stay sustainable.

I’m extremely proud that the #C2UExpo 2017 is working with so many different social enterprises and local artisans to achieve #SocialSustainability . For example:

1.  For the #SurreyJam , we have chosen to give away paddles created by an artist associated with the Kwantlen First Nations. This paddle is symbolic of our efforts to maintain good relations with the people of the traditional territories of the First Nations in this area.

2.  Boxed lunches will be provided to delegates on Day 1 of the pre-conference at @SFU Surrey Campus . The lunch is to be catered by a social enterprise called Price Pro, which aims to rehabilitate previous drug addicts back into society by providing job opportunities for them. You can find out more about the charity here: https://www.pricepro.org/about-us/the-charity/ . At Walk the Talk, a box lunch will be provided on Wednesday, and will be 100% compostable.

3.  Finally, we have selected a gift for our speakers from a social enterprise called Studio73 ( http://www.studioseventythree.ca/ ). This specific company belongs to the local Surrey community, and provides people with skills and opportunities for long term employment.

4.  We encourage YOU to follow these sustainable practices during the conference to help us maintain our environment:

  • Use the 4-stream #ZeroWaste Stations ( https://www.sfu.ca/sustainability/zerowaste.html ) to minimize landfill waste.
  • Walk or transit to the conference locations. If you are local, consider walking, transiting, biking, or carpooling.
  • Use the hot/cold beverage bottles and water refill stations.
  • Check out our exhibitors and vendors at Community Square on May 3rd and 4th. Vendors and Exhibitors which have been carefully selected practice social sustainability.

5.  Ever wondered what #SocialSustainability could look like in practice? The #C2UExpo 2017 is taking campus-community partnerships to practice by involving the community through its Community Ambassador Program ( http://www.c2uexpo.ca/community-ambassadors ).

Exactly what IS sustainability?

In trying to achieve this certificate, I did some research on the meaning of sustainability.

  • There appears to be three pillars of #Sustainability. The environmental one is the one with which everyone is most familiar, but the other two, social and economic sustainability are less known.
  •  According to businessdictionary.com ( http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/economic-sustainability.html ) economic sustainability “involves using the assorted assets of the company efficiently to allow it to continue functioning profitability over time.” This is a topic that can be explored in detail at another time.
  • The Young Foundation, a non-profit and non-government organization based in London, argues that social sustainability should be seen as “a process for creating sustainable, successful places that promote wellbeing, by understanding what people need from the places they live and work. Social sustainability combines design of the physical realm with design of the social world – infrastructure to support social and cultural life, social amenities, systems for citizen engagement and space for people and places to evolve.”
Cheers! And look forward to seeing you at the conference,

- Mona Liu
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