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BORN OUT OF THE SFU UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES CLUB, PART OF THE TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP @ SFU PROGRAM, AND SUPPORTED BY SFU VENTURE CONNECTION®, THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TEAM BEHIND ARTEMIS TECHNOLOGIES HAVE CREATED A DRONE FOR THE AERIAL SURVEILLANCE OF CROPS, ENABLING MORE EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE FARMING.

SUSTAINABILITY IS INNOVATION So does this mean SFU has been successful in developing that on-campus culture of sustainability? “In the past, we were encouraging our colleagues and peers to engage in more sustainable behavior and this was seen mostly as an add-on to the work they were already doing,” says Ms. Le Roy. “A big change is we’re now seeing initiatives emerging from lots of different places. University staff are seeing the integration of sustainability principles as a way to introduce innovation into their work.” Sustainability initiatives at SFU now start from all angles. Procurement Services

approached the Sustainability Office to develop a lifecycle assessment tool for major purchases. They worked with an academic partner to develop the tool, and they will soon be offering it as a checklist for university community members making large purchases. Safety and Risk Services were faced with a significant move and renovation project, and sought out the Sustainability Office to make the project a model of sustainability principles. Everything in the new building, from the linoleum to the paint choices to the passive air return HVAC system, is designed with sustainability in mind. “They even brought in bottle refilling stations, to reflect

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