Thursday, 29 June 2017
Vancouver, Canada, June 29, 2017. Higher education is an exciting and growing area for sustainability, with many opportunities to reduce impact through innovation and leadership. For this reason, top-tier universities from across the world have joined forces through the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), to incorporate sustainability in their teaching, research, and campus operations.
Every year the ISCN conference brings together thought leaders, practitioners and change agents for a unique opportunity to exchange perspectives and form global partnerships in pursuit of sustainability. This year, the University of British Columbia and City of Vancouver co-hosted the ISCN 2017 Conference, Climate.City.Campus. and welcomed registrants from 31 countries and 78 higher education institutions.
At a global level, climate change is one of the biggest sustainability issues of our time. At a regional level, cities create huge impact – both positive and negative. At a local level, campuses also make an impact. These themes were interwoven at ISCN 2017 Climate.City.Campus.
ISCN 2017 served as a platform for exploration, discussion, learning, and networking. Adding to this diversity, ISCN 2017 at UBC also boasted registrants from a variety of roles and disciplines within the university-city-corporate landscape. This conference demonstrated the power of collaboration between campuses and cities and attendees gained insight into the UBC-CoV strategic relationship as well as practical examples from ISCN member institutions.
One of the most anticipated events was the ninth annual ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony on June 29th, 2017 at the University of British Columbia. These awards recognize universities for exceptional sustainability efforts in campus planning, integration with academics, student leadership, and exemplary building projects.
Matthew Gardner, 2017 ISCN Jury Chair, claimed: “We are always impressed by the Campus Excellence Award entries--and this year was no different. The passion that went into each project was nearly palpable; it was challenging picking the winning candidates. This was an excellent group to judge.”
The awards for this year included the Building and Innovative Infrastructure Award, Campus Planning and Management Systems Award, Innovative Collaboration Award, and Student Leadership Award. A brief description of each is listed below:
The winners of the 2017 ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards are:
- Building and Innovative Infrastructure Award: National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
- Campus Planning and Management Systems Award: University of Applied Sciences Trier, Germany
- Innovative Collaboration Award: Swarthmore College, United States
- Student Leadership Award: Chiba University, Japan
The awards are open to any college or university worldwide that has developed outstanding planning, construction, or educational projects that promote sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community. Each year, an international panel of experts serves on the jury to review award applications and select the ISCN Award winners.
About the ISCN:
The ISCN provides a global forum for universities pursuing sustainability across their educational and research missions, and operations. ISCN Members commit to sustainability principles and report their performance according to the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter which was jointly developed with the World Economic Forum's Global University Leaders Forum. Founded in 2007, the ISCN features international awards, conferences, and working groups to promote best practice exchange. More information on the ISCN and its Members can be found at http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/.
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