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SFU takes top spot for sustainable cities and communities in 2023 Impact Rankings

The post-secondary school also ranked fifth in the world for response on climate action.
Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus. Photo SFU

Simon Fraser University has earned more recognition on the world stage.

The post-secondary institution was ranked number one for sustainable cities and communities in the Times Higher Education 2023 Impact Rankings while coming in fifth in the world for its response on climate action.

The impact rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and includes 1,591 universities from 112 countries/regions.

“Over the past year, I have seen students, faculty and staff at SFU come together like never before to support research, teaching and community engagement in the areas of climate action and sustainability,” SFU president Joy Johnson said in a news release.

“I am so proud of our community for their passion and hard work as we advance our vision of building a more inclusive and sustainable future for everyone.”

SFU was also ranked 15th in the world and fourth nationally for impacts on peace, justice and strong institutions while ranking 14th in Canada and 86th globally for its overall impact.

“SFU has redesigned its sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources to build on and scale up efforts to maximize our sustainability impact over the last two decades,” Dugan O’Neil, SFU vice president of research and international added in the release.

“Part of the redesign is grounding this work in a wider framework of the SDGs. We are collaborating to leverage and enhance sustainability research, partnerships, projects and initiatives that are happening across the university.”


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