Simon Fraser University ranks number one globally for its impact on sustainable cities and communities, and is among the world’s top 10 universities for its commitment to tackling climate change, according to Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2020 University Impact Rankings. The rankings measure global universities’ social and economic contributions toward meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. 

In the Climate Action category, SFU ranked #9 globally, in part due to ACT’s continued efforts and involvement in the global climate action ecosystem.

Overall, SFU ranks 19th in the world among more than 760 institutions from 85 countries. The rankings also place SFU in the top five globally for its response to peace, justice and strong institutions, and in the top 10 for its’ commitment to researching life below water and supporting aquatic ecosystems. 

“As Canada’s engaged university, we have made it our mission to help build healthy, resilient and sustainable communities,” SFU President Andrew Petter commented. “It is especially gratifying, therefore, to now be recognized as a world leader. This success is testament to the commitment of our staff, faculty and students to make sustainability a priority on our campuses and in the communities we serve.”