School of Business’s Essay Competition Promotes Sustainability

The School of Business at UFV is a signatory of PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education), a United Nations (UN) initiative developed in 2007, which strives to educate students on the importance of sustainable practices for businesses and society. Recently, the School of Business submitted its first PRME report to the UN, which detailed the progress the school has made towards developing students’ interest and awareness of the importance of sustainability.

With this objective in mind, the School of Business chose a sustainability theme for its annual essay competition, and, in partnership with Sustainable UFV, the School invited UFV students to submit an essay which examines or proposes an initiative which will help UFV or the Fraser Valley to address one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

These goals were launched in September 2015 and aim to address issues such as hunger, poverty, sustainable consumption and production, and climate action. Students who submit an essay addressing one of these issues will be eligible to win a prize of up to $500 for the UFV Bookstore.

To promote the essay competition, the School of Business and Sustainable UFV co-hosted the first UFV Sustainability Morning, where students and faculty were invited to come and discuss sustainability and provide their own ideas for how UFV could become more sustainable.

Some suggestions put forward were:

  • Increasing the availability and consistency of garbage, recycling, and composting at UFV
  • A UFV Farm to supply food for cafeterias, which could lead to an opportunity for student employment
  • A campus carpool initiative
  • Green roofs and solar panels on our campuses
  • A course where students take on the planning and implementation of “green” initiatives
  • Supporting a light rail line to the Fraser Valley
  • Encouraging the reduced use of plastic bags in favour of more recyclable bags or boxes or reusable containers for packing meals

Following the close of the essay competition, the School of Business and Sustainable UFV will co-host the first Sustainable Development Symposium, which will offer the essay entrants an opportunity to present their research and proposals to their fellow UFV students, faculty, and guests from the local business community.

Students interested in submitting an essay to the competition can find the full contest details at or check out @sustainableufv on Facebook and Twitter for more on how others are working towards a more sustainable future.

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