ISCN 2018 Conference Summary Report

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ISCN 2018 ran for three days at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The program aimed to engage and inspire participants as we not only evolve as a network but also as practitioners, administrators, staff, or students in our work on Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose. Throughout the conference delegates were provided the opportunity to give updates on the ISCN Charter evolution and help us shape the future of the network and our collective contribution to sustainability in higher education.


ISCN 2018: Day 1 Plenary Presentations

ISCN 2018: Day 2 Plenary Presentations

ISCN 2018: Day 3 Plenary Presentations

ISCN 2018: Book of Abstracts 



Summary Report 



With the 2018 Conference hosted by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, another important step has been made toward establishing ISCN as the global network supporting sustainable transformation in universities around the world. For the first time in the history of the ISCN conference, a call for contributions was launched, resulting in an overwhelming number of abstracts submitted from both member and non-member universities, of which were selected for short oral and poster presentations. As now evident during the conference, a considerable number of university representatives have taken ownership of the network, as reflected in a very active and passionate Advisory Committee, which was established only two years ago. We are very pleased with this development since it guarantees a lively and exciting future for the network.

In this spirit, we are looking forward to staying in touch with you throughout the year and hope to see you again next year, either in person or by remote conference participation, which we will be developing further in order to minimize travel emissions. As you will find in this report, there are many takeaways from the Stockholm conference that we will build on at the 2019 ISCN Conference at the University of São Paulo. Holding our next conference in South America will be a unique chance to strengthen our network in this part of the world.

We are grateful to so many people for advancing our network and supporting the conference and exchanges in the ISCN—too many to list them all here. As just a few representatives of this large group of innovators, we want to mention Victoria Smith from UBC for her tireless efforts in the participatory process for our Charter revision; the members of the Advisory Committee, including its co-chairs Heather Henriksen from Harvard and Melissa Goodall from Yale, for their engagement in driving our strategy forward; the members of the ISCN Board, including Steve Cannon who served as Vice President over the last couple of years; and all working group, panel, and session chairs and contributors. In particular, we’d like to thank the former Executive Director of the ISCN, Zena Harris, for her passionate support of the ISCN over the last few years. It has been a pleasure to work with Zena, and we are wishing her fulfillment and much success in her new ventures. Last but not least, we want to thank the entire KTH Royal Institute of Technology team for sharing their experiences at an institution that is deeply committed to sustainability, and for making us feel welcome in Stockholm!


René Schwarzenbach, President of the ISCN Board

Etienne Marclay, Vice-President of the ISCN Board


Active participation in the shift to a sustainable society—Our responsibility

On behalf of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, I would like to thank everyone that joined us in June. Our team greatly appreciated the investment and engagement of ISCN members in the conference. We hope that this report will be an inspiration for their future work, and also for the work of those who could not attend the conference.

From the beginning, our goal at KTH was to showcase the work of as many ISCN members as possible. We are thrilled that so many of you were actively involved in the program. ISCN members submitted over a hundred abstracts, which formed the content of an inclusive and dynamic conference. We are also proud that participants will be able to publish their contributions to the ISCN 2018 conference in a special issue of the journal Sustainability.

At KTH we believe that it is the responsibility of Higher Education Institutions to actively participate in the shift to a sustainable society. KTH’s ambition and priority is to be a leading university on sustainability. This requires fully integrating sustainability into the core activities, day-to-day operations, and campus development projects. ISCN has been and will continue to be an important platform for knowledge exchange to support this work at KTH. Together through ISCN, we can access the best examples of sustainability in practice.


Göran Finnveden

Vice President for Sustainable Development

KTH Royal Institute of Technology



Left to right: René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President, Etienne Marclay, Vice President of the ISCN Board, and Göran Finnveden, ISCN Board member and 2018 conference host. Photo: Teodor Axlund


Pre-Conference | 10 June 2018

ISCN Board and Advisory Committee Meetings

We were delighted to again offer a pre-conference extended meeting for the ISCN Board and Advisory Committee members to discuss ISCN strategy and path forward as we evolve as a network. The ISCN Board held its quarterly meeting and annual General Assembly meeting, in which they discussed formal matters including the ISCN’s financial status, the Secretariat renewal, ISCN Conferences, and overall strategic direction of the network.

In parallel to the Board meeting, the ISCN Advisory Committee met.  Advisory Committee co-chairs, Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University and Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University, planned and organized this half-day workshop with support from Victoria Smith, Director, Communications and Community Engagement, UBC Sustainability Initiative, and Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN.

The group engaged through a variety of interactive exercises focused on the values, benefits, relevance, and future of the ISCN. Four key topics were covered, which included:

  • Advisory Committee Governance
  • Charter Update
  • Working Group Evolution
  • Looking Forward


Main Conference | 11 - 13 June 2018

Day 1 | June 11 | Welcome to day 1 of ISCN 2018!

Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Our conference kick-off officially began with a welcome from KTH Royal institute of Technology and the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).



pdf Introducing ConverStations

Conference delegates dove right in to networking, learning, and engaging on case studies that were selected from the over 150 abstracts submitted.  ConverStations, a session format used at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, included parallel sessions of no more than 25 minutes that are repeated three times. Participants selected tickets to attend three sessions of their choosing. In this fast-paced session, delegates joined 25-minute, engaging presentations on a variety of topics and had the opportunity to ask questions and make lasting connections with subject experts.

Speakers included:

  • Fletcher Beaudoin, Portland State University: “Building Powerful partnerships: Lessons from Portland's Climate Action Collaborative”
  • Michelle Brown, University of Edinburgh: "University Social Responsibility - Supporting Student Learning Through International Collaboration"
  • Federico Delfino and Paola Laiolo, University of Genoa: “The University of Genoa Smart City Living Lab”
  • Héctor Danilo Hugo Ullauri, Universidad de Guayaquil: “Proyecto Delta”
  • Sara Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology: “KTH Campus plan 2018-2023” and Ingela O Wettermark, Property Developer, Akademiska Hus
  • Luca Fontana, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL): “EPFL Mobility Plan”
  • Amy Ho,  National University of Singapore: "sustainABLE NUS Showcase"
  • Ryan Jin Zhanhe, Nanyang Technological University: "Sustainable campus operation through Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Testbed and Research"
  • Meeri Karvinen, Aalto University: “What do our students know about sustainable development and how to assess it?”
  • Ullika Lundgren, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: “Environmental Management on a distance”
  • Ulrika Lundqvist and Emma Strömberg, Chalmers University of Technology, “Integrating sustainable development in engineering education- Comparison of change processes and results at two higher education institutions”
  • Elena Malakhatka, KTH Royal Institute of Technology: "Continuity, flexibility and accessibility of living labs through Virtual Reality"
  • Aurore Nembrini, EPFL: “Act for Change, a Challenge to experiment a more sustainable lifestyle on EPFL campus”
  • Pamela Ochieng, Mount Kenya University: “Promoting Education for Sustainable Development: The Role of Technology in Supporting the Development of Graduate Employability”
  • Kristina von Oelreich, KTH Royal Institute of Technology: "Environmental Management as a tool for sustainability in Higher Education Institutions (HEI)" 
  • Alberto Ken Oyama Nakagawa and Ayari G. Pasquier Merino, National Autonomous University of Mexico: "Universities, Research and Sustainability in Mexico"
  • Claudia Schmitt, Universität Hamburg: "Rapid prototyping on peer-learning practicioners partnerships for sustainability between universities", co-authors: Julie Newman (MIT) and Leendert Verhoef (TU Delft)
  • Jane Singer and Maki Ikegami, Kyoto University: "Promoting an Asian model for campus sustainability"
  • Giulia Sonetti, Politecnico di Torino: "A Self Tailor Made Sustainability Communication Strategy"
  • Prinya Thaewanarumitkul, THAMMASAT UNIVERSITY, “Thammasat @ Rangsit Campus : A Leading Model of Smart Campus - Smart Travelling”       
  • Zoe Robinson, Keele University: “Listening for Sustainability: Creating conversations for change”
  • Anders Rosén, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, “Bottom-up integration of sustainable development in engineering educations” 
  • Paul Wolff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Living Lab Immersion"
  • Ramon Wyss and Margareta E B Norell Bergendahl, KTH Royal Institute of Technology: "KTH Global Development Hub"


Keynote address

Following the ConverStations sessions, conference participants reconvened to hear from our keynote speaker, Sverker Sörlin. Sverker is a renowned historian of ideas and professor of environmental history at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He is currently a member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council which is charged with the task to evaluate Sweden's government policies to reach the zero CO2 emission target for the year 2045.


Networking Lunch | Collaboration for Sustainable Development: Networks Acting with Purpose

Conference delegates enjoyed a celebration of collaboration of networks and organizations. This lunch showcased examples of sustainability excellence arising from collaborations between Higher Education Institutes and their partners and networks. 

  • Mia Edofsson, Head of Sustainability, Akademiska Hus
  • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) 
  • NSCN as a part of NUAS network
  • MLUH (Environmental management in universities and colleges Sweden)
  • Miljöledning i myndigheter (Environmental management in government agency, Sweden)
  • IVL – Swedish Environmental Research Institute
  • THS: KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s Student union
  • Students for Sustainability, Sweden
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)


Special address from KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, welcomed conference delegates to the campus. Sigbritt shared her vision and mission for KTH Royal Institute of Technology, as a leading international university that is gender-balanced and has integrated sustainable development in teaching, learning, research and collaboration.

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Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology addresses ISCN 2018 conference delegates. Photo: Teodor Axlund 


ISCN 2018 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Finalists Rapid Round

Finalists in the 2018 ISCN Awards were invited to share their projects on excellence in sustainability on campus in the categories of Building and Innovative Infrastructure, Campus Planning and Management Systems, Innovative Collaboration and Student Leadership. Presenters were challenged to deliver key points worth sharing in seven minutes. 

The finalists were:

  • Ritsumeikan University, “Osaka Ibaraki Campus”
  • Federico Delfino, University of Genoa, “Savona Campus: Energia 2020 - Smart City Infrastructures at Savona Campus”
  • Alfred Cheng Ho, Nanyang Technological University, “North Spine Academic Building at NTU”
  • Tomas Refslund Poulsen, University of Copenhagen, “Sustainability in the Maersk Tower” (presenting in the Breakout session #1 on Day 2)
  • Tom Heel, University of Oxford, “Targeting Passivhaus”
  • University of Lausanne, “Volteface” (video 1) (video 2)
  • Karola Braun-Wanke, Freie Universität of Berlin, “Schools@University for Sustainability + Climate Protection” (video)
  • Melissa GoodallAmy Ho, and Tomas Refslund Poulsen, International Alliance of Research Universities, “Green Guide for Universities”
  • Heather Henriksen, Harvard University, “Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy”
  • Erica Lay, Simon Fraser University, “SFU's 20-Year Sustainability Vision and Goals”
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), “15 years of sustainable mobility @EPFL”
  • Lauren Hennessy, Stanford University, “Motivating and Quantifying the Impacts of Behavior Change”
  • Clare Walker, The University of Melbourne, “Top Down, Down Under - a Framework for Sustainability at the University of Melbourne”
  • Leong Sat Sing, UCSI University, “Youth Beyond Boundaries”
  • Costas Charalambous, University of Cyprus, “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings”
  • University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, University of Geneva (plus 18 other tertiary education institutions in Switzerland), “Swiss Sustainability Week“


KTH Royal Institute of Technology Campus Tours and KTH Live-in Lab

Participants joined tour guides to explore the campus and gathered at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Live-in Labs for dinner. The guides spoke about the history at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the importance of art to campus, and how new modern facilities were designed to blend in with its traditional campus.


Dinner at the Live-in Lab

With its long-term ownership, active management and residential development, sustainability has been a theme in Einar Mattsson's business for more than 80 years. As Stockholm's largest private owner of rental housing and with a generational perspective on our property ownership, it is natural to invest in energy efficient real estate. The business was early to adopt a passive house standard as a minimum level in production and has built houses with both zero energy and plus energy performance. In the research area at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology campus, it has planned for a plus energy rate where it takes the next steps regarding technology, optimized climate scale and energy consumption.

In Siena, delegates heard about KTH-Live-In Lab, a testbed for sustainable housing, and this was a chance to experience the lab first hand. On Monday June 11, KTH Live-In Lab opened its unique apartments exclusively to ISCN 2018 participants. All participants received a tour and learned how these dynamic and flexible apartments will be used for research and development to accelerate innovation in the construction and real-estate sectors using Cleantech / Construction technology.

Jonas Anund Vogel, director of KTH Live-In Lab and a PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology shared his research on obstacles to the implementation of new technology in connection with the production and renovation of housing.

Udda Djur, Odd Creatures, provided our entertainment for the evening. With Greger Henriksson in the lead, Odd Creatures sings about people, nature, history and politics. The band started in Malmö and released a vinyl single as Haricots Verts. In 2016, the band was re-formed in Stockholm with new singles (search Udda Djur on Spotify, iTunes, etc.) and will soon release an LP. Among the current band members are Greger Henriksson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Nils Brown (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), Per Landin, Åsa Nyblom (formerly KTH), Tomas (former KTH Royal Institute of Technology) Magnus Svanfeldt and Lina Isacs (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) - alla researchers within sustainability. Udda Djur is also planning LP releases in Stockholm, Visby and Malmö.

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ISCN conference delegates enjoy dinner at the Live-In Lab. Photo: Teodor Axlund


Day 2 | 12 June 2018

Global Priorities, Educated Solutions: the role of academia in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

The ISCN was pleased to collaborate with the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) for this IARU-led morning workshop to explore the role of academia in advancing the SDGs. The purpose of this session was to identify the specific pathways for universities to engage on fostering dialogue, innovating, measuring, reporting, and developing solutions for the 17 goals. This morning session included:

  • Welcome
  • Plenary: 
    • Harro Von Blottnitz, University of Cape Town:Connecting Research to the SDGs: an overview of the University of Cape Town 2015 Research Report”
    • Khatharya Um, University of California Berkeley: “Global Refugees: Critical Issues and Relevance to Sustainable Development Goal”
    • XUE Ling, Peking University: “Teaching Sustainability with Tea: a case study from the Yunnan Province of China”
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Scholarship for solutions: teaching and research in the context of the SDGs.
      • Amy Ho, National University of Singapore
      • Melissa Goodall, Yale University: “93,750 data points, 14 interns, 2.5 years: Developing a Matrix to connect Yale Teaching and Research to the SDGs"
      • Oyeronke A. Odunola, University of Ibadan: "Empowering next generation leaders towards sustainable development for Sub-Sahara Africa through evidence-based teaching and research"
    • Walking the talk: how campuses can lead by example in terms of operational excellence and using the campus as a test bed for innovation. Venue Undervisningshuset room U31
    • Next generation innovation: the role of students in advancing world-changing ideas.
      • Kira Stoll, University of California Berkeley
      • Erin Schutte Wadzinski, Yale University, "Yale Young Global Scholars Program: Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship"
      • Gunnar Sigge, Stellenbosch University: "Creating the next generation of food scientists: entrepreneurs of sustainable and innovative new food products in a changing world."
    • Service for society: universities as thought-leaders and collaborative partners in addressing global challenges. (Room U51)
      • Harro Von Blottnitz, University of Cape Town
      • Wendy Purcell, Harvard University: “Living Labs for sustainability: Towards a learning system for University Campuses”
      • Stephanie Burton, University of Pretoria, "Universities in Africa addressing the challenges of the SDGs"
  • Plenary – reporting from breakouts
  • Plenary – closing keynote (via VC)
    • Jeff Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

Our closing keynote, Jeff Sachs, discussed the profound nature of the SDGs to transform a world of social injustice and inequalities into a more sustainable world, by undergoing a huge transformation in society.


Networking Lunch and Poster Exploration

Delegates were invited to cultivate relationships and explore posters of projects from all over the world.

see who presented


Sustainability Practitioners and Traveling the Globe - Are we walking the talk?

In this session, we tackled the tension between travel and sustainability with Kevin Anderson, Zennström, visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS, Uppsala University. Kevin is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester and Deputy Director of the internationally renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. He is one of Great Britain’s most recognized climate researchers and is well known for his skills in communicating climate science to decision makers, the business-sector, civil society and media. He has been pivotal in establishing research around carbon budgets and the transformation of different societal sectors to acceptable mitigation-levels based on politically agreed goals.

Kevin discussed how traveling has become part of the identify of practitioners globally and how we must create accountability in the industry. Our panelists provided innovative examples of how their universities are attempting to address these concerns.

  • Moderator: David Nilsson  
  • Keynote: Kevin Anderson, Zennström visiting professor in Climate Change Leadership at CEMUS, Uppsala University
  • Panelists: 


Breakout sessions

The breakout sessions provided the opportunity to choose an area of interest and dive into detail. 

Topics and sessions:

1) Building, Culture, Wellbeing

pdf Session Notes

  • Session Chair: Sarah Brylinsky, Sustainability Communications & Integration Manager, Cornell University
  • Speakers:
    • Richard Boyd, ARUP: “Servicing the circular economy: establishing the cost and carbon case for adopting circular economy principles in MEP systems for higher education buildings”
    • Burak Asiliskender, Abdullah Gul University School of Architecture: “Architectural and Socio-cultural Sustainability: Abdullah Gul University Sumer Campus”
    • Meri Löyttyniemi, Aalto University and Aalto Campus and Real Estate, Finland “Aalto Green Campus and new headquarters retrofitted in Dipoli-building”
    • Syam Kumar Prabhakaran, National University of Singapore: “The Application of Policies, Practices and Technologies to Improve Energy Efficiency in a Research Intensive University-  A Case Study of the National University of Singapore”
    • Tomas Refslund Poulsen, University of Copenhagen: “Sustainability in the Maersk Tower” 

2) Developing strategic city – university partnerships for advancing sustainability outcomes

pdf Session Notes

3) Educating for sustainability – Exploring competency-based approaches to teaching sustainability education

pdf Session Notes

  • Facilitators:
    • Davis Bookhart, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (lead facilitator)
    • Saman Khan, Western Michigan University: “Sustainability in higher education: Instructor's perspective on Learning Outcomes of Sustainability focused courses in higher education institute
    • Göran Finnveden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    • Claudia Schmitt, Universität Hamburg, “Interactive Workshop: Sustainability seen from a multilingual perspective“

4) Network for Innovation (2-part session) - Strategic Networking for Sustainability: Insights from Research and Practice

pdf Session Notes

  • Facilitators:
    • Katrin RischProgram Manager ‘University Alliance for Sustainability’, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    • Andreas Wanke, Head, Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    • Daniel Lang, Research project ‘Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions: develop – network – report’, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany
    • Judith Kahle, Research project ‘Sustainability at Higher Education Institutions: develop – network – report’, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

5) Living Lab  -  Campus as Living Lab Co-Design Workshop

pdf Session Notes

6) STUDENT SESSION: Student engagement and reinforcing sustainability in HEIs

pdf Session Notes

Facilitator: Malin Eriksson, is a second-year student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology studying materials science and engineering and working with integration of sustainability in education for THS Student Union.

  • Chair: Veine Haglund is a third-year student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology studying Education and engineering and has worked as Head of Educational Affairs for THS Student Union. 
  • Contributors:
    • Moa Persson is a coordinator for student participation within sustainability at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    • Alexis Engström is a course coordinator at the student-led centre for environment and development studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University.
    • Danielle Pal is a fourth-year student at Trinity College studying Environmental Studies and Psychology
    • Nathan Postma is a fourth-year student at Trinity College studying Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology
    • Emily Shaw is a fourth-year student at Trinity College studying Political Science and Environmental Studies with minor in Economics
    • Nicolas Côté is a fourth-year student at University College studying Physics and Socio-cultural anthropology
    • Rashad Brugmann is a third-year student in Civil Engineering with a planned minor in Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering


Official Welcome and Dinner Stockholm City Hall - home of the Noble Prize reception

Participants were invited to a buffet dinner hosted at Stockholm at City Hall, where participants were welcomed to the city of Stockholm. Delegates were able to tour the city’s committee meeting room learn about the art and design of the facility and enjoy beautiful views of the city. Participants were then able to hit the town and enjoy the remainder of their evening in Stockholm.

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ISCN conference delegates enjoy the stunning views at Stockholm City Hall. Photo: Teodor Axlund


Day 3 | 13 June 2018

On our final day of the ISCN 2018 conference we showcased participants!  This day was dedicated to projects presented in various formats – poster and talks – and feedback throughout the conference on ISCN’s evolution.  Throughout the day we heard from peers, ISCN leadership, inspirational speakers and celebrated the Award winners in a closing gala. 


Feedback from Breakout groups

This session provided key points worth sharing from each of our breakout groups from day 2, to allow delegates to identify lessons to take back to their campuses.


ISCN 2018 Charter Design Lab

The ISCN Charter Writing Group has been meeting throughout the spring to gather information and engage with a cross-section of stakeholders to inform the charter writing process.  The Charter Design Lab was open throughout the conference and allowed conference participants to provide feedback on the Charter draft, share insight on how to activate it on campus and more.

On day three of the conference, Victoria Smith, chair of the Charter Writing Group presented the Charter to delegates and showed a video of the feedback and progress made in the Design Lab. The session concluded with a ceremonial signing of the Charter draft.


Case Study Rapid Round

In this rapid round we heard about projects from around the world. Each presenter took the stage for 7 minutes to share key points to inspire your next project on campus.

Presenters include:

  • Sarah CampbellBritish Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT): “The Campus as an Ecocity Fractal”
  • Christophe Duwig, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Janne Wikström, Hanaholmen, Cultural Centre for Sweden and Finland, "Including sutainability into doctoral studies"
  • Tom Heel and Rupert Stuart-SmithUniversity of Oxford, "Designing effective behaviour change interventions"
  • Nilesh Y. Jadhav, Nanyang Technological University, “Achieving Sustainability Campus Goals with Virtual Environment Multi-Physics Modelling”
  • Yolanda Mendoza, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas: “Starting Sustainability: From Research to a Sustainable Development Plan”
  • Francois Miller, McGill University, “Catalyzing a Culture of Sustainability at McGill University with the Sustainability Projects Fund”
  • Caroline Savage, Princeton University, “Campus as Lab: Best Practices in North America”
  • Giulia Sonetti, Politecnico di Torino: “When the buildings become sentient - Exploring tools for human centric energy strategy in Universities”
  • Leendert Verhoef, Delft University of Technology: “Living Labs for sustainability: Towards a learning system for University Campuses”


Advisory Committee & Board updates

The ISCN Advisory Committee and Board shared updates from their pre-conference meeting, welcomed new members and highlighted what is on the horizon for our network.

  • Transition from a charter development subcommittee to a charter launch committee
  • Establish a group to refine the definitions and establish the process for the Shared Interest Groups
  • Create the member engagement pilot program
  • With the Board draft a strategic plan for the ISCN


Leadership for Sustainable Development

  • Sigbritt Karlsson, President of KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Patrick Prendergast, President & Provost, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
  • Pam Fredman, President of International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Moderator: Steve Cannon, ISCN Board President

To conclude the main conference, ISCN Board member Steve Cannon spent a few minutes reflecting on the leadership cllanege in the modern university.

Steve suggested that in order to lead successful and sustainable change in universities you need to do three things:

  • create a sense of urgency
  • develop an appropriate vision and strategy
  • create a supporting infrastructure


Closing remarks and Reflections

As we concluded our sessions of the main conference, thanks were owed to the organizers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the ISCN Secretariat team, and all staff and volunteers involved with conference planning and execution.

The ISCN was delighted to conclude the event by announcing its next conference location! ISCN 2019, our 13th annual conference, will be hosted by the ISCN member school University of São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Patricia Iglesias, University of Sao Paulo, announces the 2019 ISCN Conference location. Photo: Teodor Axlund



Conference delegates were invited to our final evening together at Rosendals Trädgård. Visitors were able to explore the beautiful gardens before enjoying a farm-to-fork dinner. During dinner, we announced the ISCN 2018 Sustainable Campus Award winners.  Each awardee received a plaque and gave an acceptance speech, expressing thanks to their colleagues.

The winners of the 2018 ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards were:

  • Building and Innovative Infrastructure Award: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Campus Planning and Management Systems Award: Stanford University, United States
  • Innovative Collaboration Award: Freie Universität of Berlin, Germany
  • Student Leadership Award: University of Cyprus, Cyprus

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2018 ISCN Award Winners. Photo: Teodor Axlund


As we wrapped up our final evening, the ISCN thanked its participants for bringing so many diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the conference. It was a pleasure witnessing all the relationships forged throughout ISCN 2018. We look forward to continuing a conversation around collaboration, knowledge exchange, and future ISCN programs and sustainability initiatives in higher-ed sustainability. We hope you will join us next year at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil!