The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Endorses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord

Universities and Colleges leading the way in commitment to global transformation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord is a global initiative to embed Sustainable Development Goals across post-16 education.  The Accord was launched on Saturday, 09 September at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, British Columbia. ‘The SDG Accord’ is the university and college sectors collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations.

The SDG Accord reflects the key role educators have in creating a new generation that can and will balance people, planet and prosperity. It aims to inspire, celebrate and advance the embedding of the goals in our institutions through education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities.

The SDG Accord is also a commitment from one institution to another that they will share the learning they accrue on the topic with each other both nationally and internationally and annually report on their progress. This reporting component of the SDG Accord compliments ISCN Member’s commitment to reporting campus sustainability activities and sharing of best practices to promote accountability and knowledge exchange.   The ISCN will contribute to a sector overview of progress to be presented annually at the global progress review by the UN High Level Political Forum. The SDG Accord is facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), and is endorsed by 30 supporting organizations from across the world already.

“The SDG Accord compliments the work our ISCN Members undertake to support the SDGs and imbed sustainability into research, education, operations, and to equip students with skills to better the world.” remarks Zena Harris, Executive Director of the ISCN. “Reporting on campus sustainability is core to our network and we are happy to share our members progress and commitment to sustainability with others through the Accord.” 

 

Endorsing Partners already include:

World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) Network

Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, (EAUC), United Kingdom

Sulitest, France

Conférence des grandes écoles, France

rootAbility

Society for the Environment, United Kingdom

RCE Brittany, France

Intentional Endowments Network, United States

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), United States

China Green University Network, China

Sustainability Education Research Institute, Canada

The Sustainability and Education Policy Network

Entrepreneurship Educators' Association of the Philippines, Philippines

Institution of Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom

National Union of Students, United Kingdom

Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Australia

Campus Responsables, France

Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

CAS-Net JAPAN, Japan

US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, United States

Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability, United States

Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, United States

Foundation for Environmental Education, Ireland

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

International Association of Universities (IAU)

Copernicus Alliance

PSS.Educational Development Society, India

ASRAD-MALI, Mali

Youth Foundation of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

GIESD (Global Internode for Education and Sustainable Development), Morocco

Target4Green Educational Consultancy and Training Ltd

More information can be found on the SDG Accord website – www.sdgaccord.org

 

About the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

The ISCN includes over 80 globally leading colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, University of Oxford, EPFL, ETH Zurich, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore, The University of Hong Kong, and the University of Melbourne. ISCN universities represent over 20 countries and work together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching. The mission of the ISCN is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

Execution of the ISCN's strategic goals is supported by the ISCN Secretariat, operated by Sustainserv, Inc., and led by the Executive Director of the ISCN. Sustainserv Managing Partner Bernd Kasemir serves as the Secretary of the ISCN Board. The Secretariat supports and manages member relations, network development and outreach, resource materials, and strategic program management activities.

For more information on the ISCN, please visit the ISCN’s website. For inquiries, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out the ISCN on Twitter (using the hashtag, #ISCN2017 for the conference and @ISCNSecretariat Twitter handle) and visit the ISCN on Linkedin.

Member Spotlight: Landscape Laboratory at The University of Minho

The Laboratory of Guimarães landscape is an ambitious project which is to contribute directly and indirectly to the national and international goals of sustainable development in all its dimensions. With the vision to be and be recognized as an active agent within the integrated action and participatory international best practices in sustainable development policies, the Landscape Laboratory is currently based on two fundamental action pillars: The education and environmental awareness with order to change habits and behavior of society towards greater sustainability; And Research, Development and Innovation directed to four areas of knowledge (ecology, geography, Water and Urban Environment). With the mission assigned to it by its constituents, Guimarães City Hall, University of Minho and University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro, the Landscape Laboratory is and will be a reference institution, with all the conditions for that, in a sustained manner, crave transfer knowledge to the territory with great success, also ensuring proximity between scientific knowledge and the community. Promote knowledge and innovation, research and science communication, contributing to an integrated approach and participatory environmental policies and sustainable development, aiming at a high level of environmental awareness, an efficient metabolism of cities, well-being and quality of life, as well as protection of natural resources.

The Landscape Laboratory have a vision to be and be recognized as an active agent in the context of international best practices in sustainable development policies.

The main goals are based on a multidisciplinary work, think and spread inductors methodologies and processes of ecological cities, sustainable, inclusive and resilient in order to promote quality of life and sustainable development
in urban areas through the following specific objectives:

  • Promote efficient use of natural resources. Characterize the main parameters associated with environmental quality, promote their monitoring and interpretation, as well as the definition of a preventive action framework;
  • Preserve biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability. Reinforce the concept of green structure for the city and its surroundings, generating contributions to the process management and spatial planning;
  • Promote awareness and awareness campaigns. Encourage a more active role of citizens in defense of the quality of the natural and built environment;
  • Analyzing the landscape dynamics. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, promote understanding of landscape transformation processes, and designing creative visions on the use and appropriation of spaces and places.
  • Study solutions promoting eco-efficiency of urban systems. Based on a holistic view, promote research and innovation, promoting sustainability and resilience.
  • Encourage the development of innovative projects. Create a favorable environment for the pursuit of practical and conceptual experimentation projects, contributing to more inclusive and ecological societies.
  • Promote new economic ranks. Encourage sustainability and economic growth by fostering the creation and incubation of new business ranks in agriculture, forestry, food, energy and environmental.

For more information, please visit: http://www.labpaisagem.pt

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NUS & People & Planet’s Fossil Fuel Declaration

 

Over a third of UK universities have now committed to divest from fossil fuels and 9 universities have signed NUS and People & Planet’s Fossil Fuel Declaration!

NUS and People & Planet’s exclusive with the Times Higher Education, which can be found here, announces that:

  • Over a third of UK universities have taken action to exclude fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios, with commitments ranging from policy changes with specific exclusions on investing in all fossil fuel companies to announcements that coal and stands companies have been blacklisted by universities fund managers;
  • Over 50% of Russell Group universities have excluded fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios, alongside a third of post-92 institutions and over a quarter of the former 94 group;
  • 9 universities (Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Chester, University for the Creative Arts, University of Cumbria, Newman University, Wrexham Glyndŵr University, York St John University, Writtle University College and the University of Winchester) have affirmed their fossil free status and committed to remain so in the future by signing the Fossil Fuel Declaration;
  • And internationally, UK higher education institutions are leading the way in screening fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios.

To learn more, please reach out to Andrew Taylor <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Laura Clayson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, and Sophie Hemery <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. Feel free to follow People & Planet and NUS on social media:

NUS twitter: @nusuk

P&P twitter: @peopleandplanet

Hashtag: #divestmentleadership

Sustainable Change Through User Engagement - PowerZee at Nanyang Technological University

NTU PowerZee

Introduction

Many successful behavioural economics/psychology inspired experiments on nudges show the potential for energy conservation/sustainable change. NTU along with industry partner ENGIE embarked on developing a smartphone app for interactive user engagement using the sociological concept of nudging and a gamification based approach.

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PowerZee app with main features:

  • Campus map with social network
  • EcoActions
  • Cold/hot feedback

Innovation

  • Combining sociological concepts and gamifications elements
  • Using an app to foster sustainable change through user engagement
  • Using crowdsourced data to interact with Facility Management and building users

Objectives & Methodology

Main objectives:

  1. foster sustainable behaviour practices
  2. raise awareness about sustainability

A sociological study was done after the first experimental phase of PowerZee from mid-February until mid-June 2015. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used:

  • 7 face-to-face interviews
  • Workshop with 15 students
  • Online survey with 700 participants

Analysis was used to upgrade PowerZee app.

Results

High-level players know more about energy facts:

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High-level players act more eco-friendly:

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Conclusions

The study suggests that the use of PowerZee app increases the awareness about energy consumption and fosters ecofriendly behaviour. The feedback received from students and staff was very useful to upgrade PowerZee. The new version of PowerZee app has been launched at different schools/universities in Singapore and France. Further deployments are planned. The energy saving potential for campuses is about 5-10% of the total consumed energy.

Research team:

Assoc Prof Yohanes Eko Riyanto (SSS)

Assoc Prof James Patrick Williams (SSS)

Regula von Büren (ERI@N)

Collaborator:

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