How Fanshawe is implementing the UN’s sustainable development goals

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1. No poverty

Aims to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. This means making sure that everyone, all over the world, is able to meet their everyday needs with ease and comfort.

What does Fanshawe do?

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In order to reduce poverty in and around the Fanshawe community, the College partners with the United Way to fundraise for local agencies that help people overcome homelessness, poverty, and barriers to education.

2. Zero hunger

Aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It helps us move towards a world where no one is hungry, and people are able to access healthy food at all times.

What does Fanshawe do?

For any student that is facing food insecurity, The Sharing Shop is available. Food and other items are donated and redistributed to those in need.

3. Good health and well-being

Is important because it ensures healthy lives and promotes wellbeing for all people at all ages. We must work towards keeping all people healthy in order to have a society that is healthy and able to keep moving forward.

What does Fanshawe do?

To promote good health and wellbeing, Fanshawe provides mental health services for students and staff and has a variety of physical and recreational activities that people can choose from.

4. Quality education

Was created to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This is important because when people are more educated, they are more likely to be happier, healthier, and make better choices for their lives and communities.

What does Fanshawe do?

To ensure the College is always delivering quality education, there are regular program reviews to ensure the curriculum is relevant and up to date with current teachings.

5. Gender equality

Is all about achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls throughout the world. Child marriage, discriminatory laws, the wage gap, and lack of power over sexual and reproductive decisions are still major issues that women and girls face today.

What does Fanshawe do?

Fanshawe is taking action to achieve gender equality by having gender-neutral washrooms as well as a Sexual Violence Prevention Advisor.

6. Clean water and sanitation

Aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Canadians are very lucky to have an abundance of clean, fresh water available to them, but this does not mean we should take that for granted.

What does Fanshawe do?

Fanshawe has installed low flow plumbing fixtures throughout its buildings to reduce overall water usage.

7. Affordable and clean energy

Was created in order to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for people all over the world. There are many forms of energy that can be harvested from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and even water!

What does Fanshawe do?

To create affordable and clean energy, Fanshawe has installed multiple forms of solar power panels. Classic solar roof panels, solar benches, and solar canopies are all installed to bring clean energy to the College.

8. Decent work and economic growth

Is all about promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

What does Fanshawe do?

In order to have a healthy workplace, Fanshawe has implemented mandatory Health and Safety Training for all employees. Fanshawe also employs hundreds of people within London’s community which means they’re able to help keep the local economy going.

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

What does Fanshawe do?

To encourage innovation within students that will translate into the industry and infrastructure of the future, Fanshawe has the Fanshawe Innovation Research Scholarship & Teaching. This is digital warehouse for content produced by our diverse campus community. It is a permanent, open access showcase of Fanshawe’s innovation, research, scholarship and teaching activities.

10. Reduced inequalities

Was created to reduce inequality within and among all countries.

What does Fanshawe do?

Fanshawe has many programs available to help people from all walks of life. The College is an equal opportunity employer and recently hired a Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and launched the EDI Strategic Framework.

11. Sustainable cities and communities

Is helping to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

What does Fanshawe do?

Located throughout our campuses, Fanshawe has electric vehicle charging stations. This helps us to encourage the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and reduce carbon emissions related to staff and students travelling to school and work.

12. Responsible consumption and production

Was created to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns in countries across the globe.

What does Fanshawe do?

When moving in and out of a new place many people throw away the things they don’t want or cannot take with them–this is especially true for students. Fanshawe Residence buildings, though, have a Move Out Donation Program where unwanted or left-behind items are donated to Goodwill Industries or the Unbound fashion program.

13. Climate action

Aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts that can be felt everywhere.

What does Fanshawe do?

To support continued efforts of conservation and sustainability at Fanshawe, the College created the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap and Action Plan. The goal of this action plan is to reduce the College’s emissions by 30 per cent below 2013 levels by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

14. Life below water

Is helping to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

What does Fanshawe do?

Helping the oceans starts much closer to home and how we choose to use water and what we put on the ground. Fanshawe helps keep groundwater clean by managing 30 per cent of campus grounds with Integrated Pest Management to reduce chemical run-off that negatively effects marine ecosystems.

15. Life on land

Aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

What is Fanshawe doing?

Dedicated to keeping plant life thriving, Fanshawe is a designated international botanical garden.

16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Was created to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

What does Fanshawe do?

In order to get a variety of opinions and diversity of backgrounds, Fanshawe’s Board of Governors has representatives from all areas of the College.

17. Partnerships for the goals

Aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

What does Fanshawe do?

To create a better future for Fanshawe staff, students, and the community, the College is a member of the Ontario College and University Professionals (OCUSP), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).