An action group providing sustainability projects, programs, events and initiatives at UFV

The Centre is a coordination of both applied and academic activities that collaborate to improve sustainability at UFV and into the broader community. The Centre has an advisory committee that meets multiple times a year to coordinate key stakeholders and attain guidance and support. Twice annually students, staff and faculty are invited to a SustainableUFV luncheon to discuss current and future programming.

The applied portion is headed up by the Facilities Management department, which employs a Student Sustainability Coordinator, tasked with developing project ideas, increasing efficiencies and decreasing waste throughout the university. This position is a key component of promoting sustainability awareness and changing behaviours to encourage more responsible operations in the Fraser Valley.

The academic portion of the Centre, coordinated by the chair, includes various departments (ex. Faculty of Science, Biology, Geography). In years past, guest speakers have been brought in to address a wide range of environmental and social sustainability issues from climate change, to indigenous issues.

How can you help?

You can join SustainableUFV by signing up for the newsletter. Issued approximately 6 times a year, you can keep up to date with what’s happening, and learn how to get involved in the projects, campaigns and events that have significant positive impacts on our campuses and within our communities. Students can gain valuable experience to make the university experience more dynamic and fulfilling, staff can be leaders in their departments and shape their workspaces.


1. Purpose

1.1 This initiative establishes the University of the Fraser Valley as an institution that discourages the use and/or distribution of disposable plastic bags on all campuses. These campuses include Abbotsford, Abbotsford Clearbrook Centre, Aerospace, Chilliwack CEP, Mission, and Hope.

1.2 The distribution of plastic bags and the use of plastic bags as transportation materials by UFV and UFV affiliates is no longer permitted (as of August 1, 2019).

2. Scope

2.1 Plastic bags are not to be distributed or used by any UFV-associated departments, clubs, or affiliated groups. This includes any and all collectives that operate within UFV and/or under UFV’s affiliation.

3. Statement

3.1 Disposable plastic bags are not to be distributed or used by UFV or any of the associated departments and/or groups that operate within the university. This includes retail sectors, events, and promotion materials.

3.2 Paper and reusable bags are permitted and are suggested as sustainable alternatives to plastic bags.

4. Responsibilities

4.1 This initiative aligns with UFV’s Strategic Plan; specifically the Capital Plan which “strives for environmental sustainability.”

4.1.1 The Strategic Plan can be found at

4.2 The elimination of plastic bags from UFV’s operations is implemented and monitored by the Director of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, with assistance from the Manager of Energy and Environmental Sustainability.

4.3  This initiative is reviewed and evaluated so as to remain prevalent and effective.

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