In the recent years, voluntary sustainability campus programs are growing worldwide. Regional and international conferences, higher education associations and intergovernmental organizations, such as UNEP and UNESCO, have developed a variety of agreements, declarations and charters on university sustainability with the aim to help, coordinate and strengthen campus efforts. As at 2011 there were more than 30 such international agreements, signed by more than 1400 universities globally (i.e.COPERNICUS Alliance, European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, EAUC, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, UK). Furthermore there are also initiatives working at international level, such as the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) or the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES): an intergovernmental platform launched in 2010 that engages universities globally in responding to the challenges of sustainable development, by supporting innovative and relevant approaches to education. All these programs and initiatives aspire to help universities to commit themselves to principles of sustainability and give the impulse to start with implementing sustainability into every day processes. In its more than 900 centuries of history, University of Bologna has been geographically expanded through the city acquiring more and more separate buildings instead of being concentrated in few campuses. Hence University of Bologna is complex, multi-faceted entity with diverse organizational subcultures, traditions and concerns. The transitory nature of university life for the bulk of the campus community can mean that the real impacts of the institution remain unacknowledged. In the paper a first attempt to collect some University of Bologna initiatives in sustainability field is reported. The actions are categorized by social and environmental sustainability issue.

INITIATIVES TO START WITH IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABILITY PROCESS INTO UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

BONOLI, ALESSANDRA;CAPPELLARO, FRANCESCA
2013

Abstract

In the recent years, voluntary sustainability campus programs are growing worldwide. Regional and international conferences, higher education associations and intergovernmental organizations, such as UNEP and UNESCO, have developed a variety of agreements, declarations and charters on university sustainability with the aim to help, coordinate and strengthen campus efforts. As at 2011 there were more than 30 such international agreements, signed by more than 1400 universities globally (i.e.COPERNICUS Alliance, European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, EAUC, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, UK). Furthermore there are also initiatives working at international level, such as the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) and the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) or the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES): an intergovernmental platform launched in 2010 that engages universities globally in responding to the challenges of sustainable development, by supporting innovative and relevant approaches to education. All these programs and initiatives aspire to help universities to commit themselves to principles of sustainability and give the impulse to start with implementing sustainability into every day processes. In its more than 900 centuries of history, University of Bologna has been geographically expanded through the city acquiring more and more separate buildings instead of being concentrated in few campuses. Hence University of Bologna is complex, multi-faceted entity with diverse organizational subcultures, traditions and concerns. The transitory nature of university life for the bulk of the campus community can mean that the real impacts of the institution remain unacknowledged. In the paper a first attempt to collect some University of Bologna initiatives in sustainability field is reported. The actions are categorized by social and environmental sustainability issue.
Proceedings of the III Congress of the University Network for Development Cooperation (CUCS)
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Bonoli Alessandra; Cappellaro Francesca
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