Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
National and International Frameworks
The Platform for Sustainability Performance in Education

From Outcome to Implementation

8 months after Rio+20, during the 27th Session of UNEP’s Governing Council (Nairobi, Feb 20th), the Platform for Sustainability Performance in Education was launched as one of specific follow-up of the HESI. (http://www.sustainabilityperformance.org/).

The Platform is a shared web-space showcasing the worlds HE sustainability assessment tools and has formal recognition and support from UNEP, UNGC, PRME and UNESCO. The Platform is a direct HE Education sector-led response to Rio+20 and it aims to be a key resource to help both signatories of the Higher Education for Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and other HEIs implement the Education paragraphs in ’The Future We Want’ document.

The UNCSD 2012 (Rio+20) final text signed by 193 states confirms the importance of Education in building more sustainable societies and creating new paradigms. Chapters 229-235 highlight a number of actions that the institution should develop to fulfill its leadership role in the deployment of sustainable development. In addition, Article 47 encourages all stakeholders to “develop models for best practice and facilitate action for the integration of sustainability reporting”. This Platform rises to this challenge.

Green Plan (initially launched in France)

The “Plan Vert” is a sustainable development strategy designed by university associations in France (Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and Conference of University Presidents), the French government and non-governmental organizations within the framework of the Grenelle Environment Roundtable. It consists of a framework of objectives and actions drawn from the European Sustainable Development Strategy and is designed to pilot and evaluate those actions. More than 100 “Grandes Ecoles” and universities used it in 2010.

STARS (initially launched in US)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education with broad participation from the higher education community.

LiFe Index (initially launched in UK)

Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) was developed in response to a growing need to embed social responsibility and sustainability into the activities of universities and colleges. Throughout the development of LiFE, the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges has worked extensively with people and institutions from across the sector. This support has been crucial to develop a system that is relevant and beneficial to all types of institutions.

AISHE (initially launched in Netherlands)

AISHE, the Assessment Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education, was developed and validated in the Netherlands in 2000-2001 by DHO, the Dutch Foundation for Sustainable Higher Education. With the help of AISHE results, universities or their departments can be awarded the ‘Certificate of Sustainable Higher Education', which is a star system, enabling universities to acquire 1, 2, 3 or 4 stars. AISHE can be applied freely by any university. (‘Publications section'). In Dutch only.

UN Programmes

The United Nations Environment Programme conducts Environmental Education and Training that promotes attitudes and value systems that influence environmentally ethical behaviour by developing understanding, skills and values that enable people to participate as active and informed citizens in the development of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society. Environmental Education is fundamental to the achievement of the goal of Sustainable Development. Education and training are essential to UNEP fulfilling its mandate of inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to achieve sustainable development. UNEP's flagship initiative is the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability,,which aims to promote the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement, the management of universities, greening of university infrastructure/facilities/operations, as well as to enhance student engagement and participation in sustainability activities both within and beyond universities.


As lead-agency of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO supports policy-makers in integrating Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into education plans and curricula; publishes material on ESD for decision-makers, teachers and students; monitors progress in the implementation of the UN Decade; communicates good ESD practice in all areas of education; brings together ESD practitioners from all world regions; and contributes to developing ESD further.


The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a multistakeholder leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world, with over 10,000 signatories based in 140 countries. Higher education institutions are encouraged to participate in the UN Global Compact as deeply and meaningfully as the thousands of traditional corporate and organizational participants that have adopted its principles for over a decade. A working group of UN Global Compact academic stakeholders has developed guidelines for higher education institution to implement the principles in their goals, strategies, and operations.


The mission of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century. In the current academic environment, corporate responsibility and sustainability have entered but not yet become embedded in the mainstream of business-related education. The PRME are therefore a timely global call for business schools and universities worldwide to gradually adapt their curricula, research, teaching methodologies and institutional strategies to the new business challenges and opportunities. Taking the Six Principles as a guiding framework, any institution which is willing to integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability in a gradual but systemic manner is welcome to join the initiative.


The United Nations University implements research and educational programmes in the area of sustainable development, with the particular aim of assisting developing countries. Established in 1973 as “an international community of scholars, engaged in research, postgraduate training and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations”, UNU operates through a worldwide nexus of institutes and programmes. UNU serves as a think tank for the United Nations system and provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic and policy-making communities.

Other Initiatives During the Rio Summit
The 50+20 initiative

The 50+20 initiative describes a vision for the transformation of management education, in which the common tenet of being the best in the world is revised in favor of creating businesses that are designed and led to achieve the best for the world. Providing management education for the world, according to the 50+20 Agenda, involves three fundamental roles: educating and developing globally responsible leaders, enabling business organizations to serve the common good, and engaging in the transformation of business and the economy.

The People´s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education

A group of over 30 agencies, organisations and associations came together in 2012 to influence Rio + 20 dialogues. These stakeholders are rooted in different regions of the globe and actively engaged in sustainable development at the higher education level. The partnership, led by Copernicus Alliance with the support of UNU IAS and the International Association of Universities has generated a Higher Education Treaty for Rio+20. This Treaty is one of a series of People's Treaties developed to influence Rio+20 but also to make visible commitments across various sectors. The process of influencing higher education to reorient itself towards sustainability is complex and a long term commitment. Others engaged in, and with, higher education are invited to support this process by becoming signatories to the Treaty. The Treaty will remain open for signatories until the 31st August. Plans will then be developed in the autumn to progress, as well as showcase, efforts of signatories beyond 2012.

Tuula-Teeri – President
Aalto University, Finland

Every member of staff and students will be involved. Responsibility is carried by Facility services unit, Aalto University Properties mngt company, Policy and Foresight unit and large number of different partners in Finland and around the world.

Jeilu Oumer – Acadamic Vice President
Addis Ababa University

Continued commitment to projects already underway.

Grégoire Thomas – Directeur général
Agrocampus Ouest

Politique et gouvernance :
Conscient de ses missions en tant que Grande école du vivant, gestionnaire de patrimoine et acteur du développement local au coeur du 1er bassin agricole d Europe, AGROCAMPUS OUEST s engage à jouer pleinement son rôle dans la mise en oeuvre d une politique de développement durable sous les angles environnementaux, sociaux et économiques.

Formation et vie étudiante :
AGROCAMPUS OUEST a naturellement pour vocation de former les futurs cadres du vivant aux enjeux et pratiques du développement durable.

Recherche et développement :
Allier approfondissement des aspects les plus fondamentaux de la recherche pour le progrès des connaissances et développement de grands domaines à fort potentiel applicatif pour répondre de façon innovante a

Galimkair Mutanov- Rector
Al Farabi Kazakh National University

Through maintenance of programs already ongoing.

John Anderson - President
Alfred State College

Alfred State is pleased to sign this declaration and reaffirm its strong commitment to sustainability, as exemplified by our leadership in the American College & Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and the American Association of Community Colleges' Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Initiative.

Alfred State has recently hired a Chief Sustainability Officer who reports directly to the President. This new position will play a key role in ensuring achievement of our sustainability goals.

Mario Molteni – Director
ALTIS-Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Aled Jones, Director, Global Sustainability Instit
Anglia Ruskin University

We are partners in the Green Economy Coalition and the Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) network.

Said Irandoust – (future) President
Asian Institute of Technology

To safeguard research and project activities under sustainable development theme, AIT has established a center named Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development in the context of Climate Change (CoE SDCC) which is specifically assist the institute with these activities. The center is mainly aimed to bring together expertise and resources within AIT to work hand in hand in reaching the objective of AIT Research Strategy 2012-2016, to significantly increase, by 2016, AIT's contribution towards sustainable development of Asia and beyond through participatory research in relation to climate change, and implementation of applications to address real life challenges and fill knowledge gaps.

The objective of AIT Research Strategy 2012-2016 has clearly explained the time-bound targets

John Edwards – Professor
Aston Business School

Our Strategy will be taken forward in the next 3 years and towards 2020 through:
Embedding critical long-term sustainable thinking and social responsibility in business into our teaching to enable our graduates of tomorrow to be literate in social responsibility and sustainability in managing global businesses
Offering specialised degrees in Social Responsibility and Sustainability in full-time, part-time and distance learning modes
Working with colleagues within the University on the integration of social responsibility & sustainability into the curricula of all schools
Undertaking pro bono research activity for local business each year
Working with Aston University as a whole to reduce carbon emissions
Involving sustainability and low carbon emissions in the desig

Nariyasu Yamasawa- Dean
Atomi University, Faculty of Management

All of my colleagues in Faculty of Management and Graduate School of Management share my above-mentioned views on the direction of the new curriculum.

I will report our progress through annual reporting to the PRME.

Nadezhda Grosheva – Dean of Siberian, American Sch
Baikal International Business School

Through continued efforts already underway.

Jens Engelke – President
Baltic College

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Daniel Shapiro – Dean
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Beedie School of Business commits to:
-Launch social innovation incubator
-Launch EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership
-Offer additional executive education in sustainable innovation, sustainability management practices, with special focus on mining and the resources sector
-Working with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including
-The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
-SFU Sustainability Advisory Committee
-Ecotrust Canada
-Teck Resources
-Also, for ongoing commitments and plans, see our PRME SIP-reports

Binglin Zhong – President
Beijing Normal University

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Philip McLaughlin - Dean
BEM Bordeaux Management School

In 2010-2011, faculty members embarked on a reflection process which led to the development of a module dedicated to raising awareness to CSR and responsible management. Referring explicitly to the six Global Compact principles, it is designed as a gateway to the existing CSR-related teaching content (1162 hours). This module will be run in all BEM programmes over a minimum of 15 hours. It has already been scheduled into six curiculums. Also, CSR-related teaching content, number and type of CSR publications, cultural and social diversity, solidarity-based initiatives, awareness on eco-responsible behaviours, campus carbon footprint. In 2009, 52 PEFC-certified bicycle racks were installed on the campus, thus doubling the former capacity. Since 2009, BEM has been hosting the first car-sha

Gloria Larson, President
Bentley University

- Sustainable practice will continue to be a focus of our Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility
- In general, continue to work toward our commitment to reduce Bentley's carbon footprint through the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Harivansh Chaturvedi- Director
Birla Institute of Management Technology

BIMTECH is committed to sustainable and inclusive development in short and long term. It is also visibly expressed in its Vision 2021. BIMTECH is promoted by Birla Group which has been leader in corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues since 19th century, BIMTECH Board commits its efforts and resources in furthering the agenda

Brookhaven College

- Brookhaven College reports at least annually on its sustainability efforts in operations (e.g. water, electricity, and construction) and instruction

Bunkyo University

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Philippe Du Pasquier- President and Managing Direc
Business School Lausanne

- We are fully committed to educating globally responsible leaders and to contribute with relevant research to a sustainable economy and society.
- We will have integrated sustainability across all our undergraduate programs and courses by 2014.
- We are a founding partner of the World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (www.wbscsb.com) and a key driver of the multi-stakeholder initiative 50 + 20 (www.50plus20.org) developing a radically new vision for management education of the future. As such, we will evaluate how we can apply relevant parts of this vision in our new organization, the educational, research and public engagement sectors

Armando Dal Colletto – Dean
Business School Sao Paulo

Through continued efforts already underway

Hossam Mahmoud – President of Cairo University
Cairo University

Continued commitment to projects already underway.

Bob Rench – Associate Director
California State University, Monterey Bay

CSUMB is committed to sustainable practices and policies. It is one of the few universities to achieve a gold STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. CSUMB was an early signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which commits CSUMB to achieve an aggressive target of greenhouse gas neutrality by 2030. The last two major campus projects resulted in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver ratings, and a planned academic building will be eligible for a LEED gold rating. In addition, the CSUMB Campus Sustainability Committee is charged by the administration to lead the various environmental efforts on the campus and c

Robin Baker, Professor
Canterbury Christ Church University

Through ongoing projects already underway.

The University is committed to implementing environmental best practice, as demonstrated by:

• Engaging and informing our students with a thorough understanding of sustainability issues, concepts and ethical considerations.

• Implementing the carbon management plan to reduce our contribution to climate change.

• Promoting resource efficiency and minimising waste and pollution by implementing sustainable procurement practices and management of all waste streams in line with the waste hierarchy.

• Implementing sustainable Travel Plan to ensure an environmentally sound approach to transport and travel within the context of a multi-campus University.

• Ensuring that assessment of environmental risk

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Establish an Environmental Management Plan; to set targets and indicators, measure environmental performance and report progress.

Develop a sustainable procurement policy to ensure social, ethical and environmental scrutiny of products and services whilst achieving best value;

Produce an Annual Report;

Develop good working relationships with all relevant external authorities;

Provide appropriate training and information to the UWIC community.

Emidio Gomes – Professor
Catholic University of Portugal (Porto) College of Biotechnology

We are committed to coordinating the Porto Metropolitan Area Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (which integrates the Global Learning Space for Sustainable Development within the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) and helping local governments in applying participation models and Local Agenda 21 principles in their municipalities.

Xianyan Zhou- President
Central South University of Forestry and Technology

The sustainability projects which we conduct between 2012 and 2015:
-Implant the idea of sustainable development in core courses of main disciplines so as to equip graduates with capability to work in the field of sustainable development
-Organize trainings on sustainable development for professionals and practitioners in related fields
-Reinforce research and practice in environment and sustainability
-Promote the philosophy and practice of CSUFT in sustainable development and green campus
-Encourage sustainable lifestyle on campus

Etienne Landais- Director General
Centre international d études supérieures en sciences agronomiques (Montpellier SupAgro)

-Construire une stratégie de développement durable en réalisant un diagnostic partagé avec les étudiants, les agents et l'INRA, établissement de recherche avec lequel Montpellier SupAgro partage son campus principal ;

- Dans le cadre de la prochaine habilitation de ses formations d'ingénieurs, de master et de licences professionnelles, affirmer la prise en compte de la thématique du développement durable dans les troncs communs et les enseignements transversaux ; renforcer les enseignements contribuant à la conception et l'accompagnement de systèmes de production agricoles et alimentaires durables.

- Attirer vers les écoles d'ingénieurs des élèves du secondaire pour lesquels cette voie semble hors de portée (élèves des lycées agricoles, élèves handicapés…) ; s'assurer du

Esther Barazzone, President
Chatham University

- A promise to take action now or in the future

Chatham University has a long history of integrating sustainability into the fabric of our university at all levels – operations, curriculum, student life, research, interactions with and connections to community members, neighbors, peers and policy makers. This requires a coordinated effort that requires assessing all these aspects of our institution and its life. In addition, Chatham is the alma mater of Rachel Carson, one of the most important environmentalists of the 20th century and the author of Silent Spring.

We have demonstrated our commitment to sustainability action both now and in the future by creating a new School of Sustainability and the Environment at Eden Hall Campus. The new campus will feature innovative c

Tadahiko Fukuhara – Chancellor and President
Chuo University

Chuo's Water Program comprises a unique educational curriculum, that offers students an opportunity to master industrial and governmental concerns, as well as the skills needed to become highly specialized technicians in water environment and water treatment, professionals with a global perspective who respect the history, culture and climate of target nations and regions. Through this program, Chuo University will strive to foster international experts capable of proposing and executing comprehensive and fundamental improvement plans regarding water environments in East Asia and around the world. In principle, every year 75% of graduates will be selected as candidates for executive positions in the global water environmental engineering field.

Each year the Chuo University Scie

Anthony Collins – President
Clarkson University

Improved communication about sustainability, revised job descriptions for all employees, and spanning boundaries between academic and operations are instrumental in meeting the quantitative objectives.

The use of our campus and community as a living laboratory has been instrumental in our educational efforts to date. From our on-campus greenhouse and digester to a small village in Ecuador, students from across disciplines work with faculty and staff across organization boundaries to experience, explore and learn how our commitment to sustainable practices and philosophies can be integrated to improve social good and ecosystem health.

Lutfar Rahman , Vice Chancellor
Daffodil International University (DIU)

-Establishment of a useful campus maintaining greenery, sustainable mobility option for students and faculty, use of sustainable and environment-friendly resources for building a campus measuring 15 acres of land.

-Launching of new programs under our existing department of Natural Science and Disaster Management relating waste management, recycling and reuse.

-Ensuring sustainable lifestyles for students, faculty and administrative employees in the campus by providing ideal residensial facilities.

-Speed up the existing CSR activities and adoption of new projects for making the city green and clean.

-Inclusion of more courses relating sustainable development of human qualities and ethical developments beside our existing course, « Ethics and Human Develo

William G. Durden, President
Dickinson College

For the 2012-2015 period, we commit to actions now and in the future to build on our efforts in each of the areas outlined in the Rio+20 Declaration of Higher Education Institutions as summarized below. Our commitments include time-bound goals for greenhouse gas emission reductions and climate neutrality under our Climate Action Plan. We publicly report progress to the ACUPCC and to AASHE. Partners and resources dedicated to carrying out our commitments include the divisions of Academic Affairs, Campus Operations, Student Development, and Advancement, the President?s Commission on Environmental Sustainability (composed of senior officers of the college, faculty, staff and students), the Center for Sustainability Education (CSE), the Dickinson College Organic Farm, the Alliance for Aquatic

Francis Idike - Engr Prof.
Ebonyi State University

Time Bound/Goals that can be measured include:
- All researches to be carried out in the University will be adjudged to enhance sustainable development before its approval especially at the graduate research level.
- All proposals for University Research Grant can only be considered and grant awarded if sustainable development is boosted.
- The University will ensure that all course curriculum approved by EBSU Senate will reflect the sustainable development objectives
- The University Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization through her University ? Community Linkage Office will advance one of the important Missions of EBSU like any other University to undertake community Service (Outreach). The targets of the community outreach traditionally are as follows

Marie-Dominique De Cayeux – Directrice
Ecole des Métiers de l’Environnement

Teaching is a continuous challenge to take up especially making sure the students have really understood sustainable development values. Our graduate school of Environmental Management and Engineering called Ecole des Métiers de l Environnement works assiduously thanks to a panel of means : teaching methods and programs, management, research projects, involvement with other French and foreign graduate schools, etc.

The aim is to help students to become responsible citizens in their everyday life as well as in their future job. Nevertheless, to manage to do that, our school ensures that both teachers and administrative employees set the example by sharing these values.

Below, some examples of actions which are currently being carried out and which will be pursued through t

Vincent Thery, Assistant director
Ecole des Mines de Douai

- Facilitate and enhance students education for Sustainable Development through extracurricular activities and events information

- Advancing the Sustainable Development through Research and Innovation

- Empowering students to take account of sustainable development in the functioning of the School, the Students' House and restaurant

- Implement actions to improve management of environmental risks and reduce our ecological footprint

Bernard Lemoult - Head of Sustainable Development
Ecole des Mines de Nantes

Through continued commitment to projects already underway.

Coutellier Daniel- Directeur
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en informatique, automatique, mécanique énérgétique et électronique

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Pascal Dumy - Directeur
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier

- Enseigner les concepts de développement durable
- Encourager la recherche sur le développement durable
- Eco responsabiliser nos campus
- Soutenir les efforts de développement durable
- S engager et partager les résultats par le biais de cadres internationaux

Valérie Cabuil - Director
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie-Chimie ParisTech

Through continued activities already underway.

Francis Cottet - Director
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique

Through continued commitment to projects already underway.

Philippe Jamet – Directeur
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne

Sustainable development and social responsibility are addressed through

The exemplary operations : energy, waste, procurement, access for disabled.

The education and training by mastering the tools, methods and standards for sustainable development and social responsibility ,and the mutations economic sectors,

Research specific to sustainable development and social responsibility

The transmission of knowledge to society, particularly through the center of scientific culture

Involvement with regional stakeholders in the fields of eco-design, social responsibility, economic transitions, preparation for the Rio + 20 conference

In terms of governance a sustainable development delegate conducts working groups and strategy, elements of sustai

Alain Milon- Directeur
Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse

Les actions du projet 2012-2015 :
- Réaliser un diagnostic de performance énergétique complet de l établissement,
- Faire une étude pour l installation d une chaufferie biomasse,
- Améliorer l isolation thermique de nos bâtiments (toitures et fenêtres),
- Améliorer la régulation sur le chauffage des bâtiments,
- Remettre en état notre réseau d alimentation d eau pour éviter les fuites,
- Contrôler et suivre nos dépenses d énergie (installation de compteurs électrique, d eau).

Jean-Paul Mialot – Professor, Directeur
Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort

Through continued activities already underway.

Ecole Polytechnique

The master's program is supervised by the following education and research chairs:
The Chair for Sustainable Development EDF
The Chair for Mathematical Modeling and Biodiversity VEOLIA, MNHN
The Chair for Business Economics - Dupont de Nemours, GDF-Suez, Lafarge, Unilever

Catherine Leblanc- Directrice Générale de l’ESSCA
Ecole Supérieur des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers

Entre 2012 et 2015 l'ESSCA souhaite développer de manière plus poussée l'ensemble des actions déjà engagées en mettant l'accent sur :

- La poursuite de la sensibilisation de l ensemble du personnel et des étudiants pour que le développement durable devienne une préoccupation de tous les jours. Cela passera par une accentuation de l enseignement et la mise en place d un plan d actions ambitieux de différentes campagnes d informations.

- Le renforcement de ses partenariats avec l ensemble des fournisseurs en développant des cahiers des charges poussés en termes d exigences liées au Développement Durable.

- Le développement du tissu local en participant et en appuyant diverses actions. De plus l ESSCA souhaite contribuer à dynamiser l économie locale en favorisant a

Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et de Management

- Develop research on the subject of sustainable development and social responsibility with the aim of value creation for social and economic development of organizations. Incorporating this academic expertise in global responsibility into all our courses, making sure that it corresponds to the needs of all our stakeholders and that information is shared by the community at large.

- Fostering a human and social policy (diversity, equality, equal opportunities, quality of life, solidarity, human development).

- Report on our sustainable performance and implementation of loyal and ethical practices (assessing, monitoring, scoring, communicating)

- Develop an environmental safeguard and protection policy to prevent and reduce our environmental stress

Konstantin Theile- President
Educatis University

Through efforts already underway.

- We promise to continue taking consistent action towards implementing sustainability across everything we do.

- We have committed to transparency with our dual membership at UN Global Compact (since 2006) and PRME (since 2011).

- We are fully committed to educating globally responsible leaders and to contribute with relevant research to a sustainable economy and society.

- We will have integrated sustainability across all our undergraduate programs and courses by 2014.

- We are a founding partner of the World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (www.wbscsb.com) and a key driver of the multi-stakeholder initiative 50 + 20 (www.50plus20.org) developing a radically new vision for management education

Frederic Meunier – Managing director

Our roadmap, which is organized in academic years, includes the following steps:
- 2011/12 Setting up of a sustainable development strategy
- Definition of goals, organizational structures and resources
2012/13 First steps and plan of action
- Introduction of sustainable development contents into parts of the core curriculum (innovative and research projects of the Master 1 and 2 years, internship reports) and as an elective minor.
- Reinforcement of the existing sustainable development actions of Efrei's student organizations (Conferences on green IT issues, Computer waste avoidance, Car sharing, etc.)
- Implementation of a waste recycling system
- Analysis of critical practices of Efrei, its departments and the 43 attached student organizations. Ident

Eugenia Bieto – Director General
ESADE Foundation

Through continued efforts already underway.

The ESADE Social Responsibility Strategic Plan* (SR-ESADE) 2011-2014, includes the following objectives:

- Training – In all formal qualification programmes include a learning objective directly related to social responsibility and its implication in the practice of the profession in question.

- Research – Substantially advance towards completely adopting the PRME recommendations on research.

- Social Debate – Promote dialogue and debate concerning critical themes and cases related with global social responsibility and sustainability, including the various social actors and faculty.

- Organisational Culture – Promote that conducts and habits in line with a more sustainable vision of the organisation an

Pascal Rivet- Director General
ESCEM Tours-Poitiers

- Ensure the expansion of skills in sustainable development for students, professors, researchers and staff to encourage an integrated sustainable governance for the global management of organizations and the school?s own particular activities. Creation of a community of interests to highlight and promote the skills required by managers to implement global responsibility policies.

- Accompany the social development of our region, within the local communities and within business entities ; share our sustainable development expertise with our current partners and other organizations in a spirit of global responsibility

- Develop research on the subject of sustainable development and social responsibility with the aim of value creation for social and economic development of

Pascal Morand- Dean
ESCP Europe

ESCP Europe is committed to further developing both teaching and research devoted to sustainability as well as green campus actions and initiatives. In this respect, a new major concentration on « Management, social innovation and Sustainability » was launched in 2011 on the Paris campus (Professors Aurélien Acquier & Olivier Delbard), together with a new specialization on « Sustainability management » taught in Berlin (Professor Sylvie Geisendorf). Besides, a major on « Social entrepreneurship » has started in Madrid in 2011.
Our objective is to have a 20% increase in students in these majors.

Armand Derhy – Head of Corporate Social Responsabi
ESG Management School

Maintain commitment to projects already underway.

Pierre Tapie – Dean and President
ESSEC Business School

Maintenance of commitments to projects already underway.

Bernard Belletante – Dean
Euromed Management

Maintenance of projects already underway.

Brigitte Grass – President
Fachhochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Science

Initial important steps have been made within different faculties through diverse Sustainability-projects in a variety of modules and through specific modules regarding these topic areas e.g. Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainable Management. The UNGC principals are to be seen as cross-cutting issues and should be integrated extensively into academic teaching and curricula.

Thanks to our drinkable-water-project, which was enabled through Düsseldorf's municipal utilities by mounting several water dispensers that provide our staff and students with free and clean water at all times. Through this action a high degree of availability was archived, without negatively effecting the environment with packing waste.

As the first public university of applied science in Nor

Helena Biasotto, Director
Faculdade Antonio Meneghetti

We intend to continue with this intense activity in the years to come until 2015. All our actions can be better know at these websites:
All this projects and ideas are have already been present abroad and on many occasions on our country and have also won prizes.
They are all mantained through means of intense partnership of our Faculty with partner companies, the city halls of the closes cities, partnership with entities and with other institutions of education. In the following years, this partnerships are preditcted to only grow. We also work to engage ourselves in initiatives where we can learn to improve our capacity to help the MDGs, such as the Aca

Alberto Barbieri – Vicerrector de la Universidad d
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires

Through the continuation of projects already underway.

Razvan Papuc- Dean Associate Professor
Faculty Of Administration And Business, University of Bucharest

Through continued efforts already underway.

Dusan Mramor – Dean
Faculty of Economics University of Ljubljana

The Faculty of Economics University of Ljubljana (FELU) is aware of its important role it plays in the field of business and economics education. Therefore, it is of its main concern to develop principled leaders for work in globally competitive business environment by combining economics and business education with innovative research while creating and disseminating knowledge in a global society, which is encompassed in its mission.

The importance of passing the knowledge to future generations and fulfilling the set mission is encompassed also with core values, where the significance is also set on commitment to ethics and promoting social responsibility.

The FELU has also engaged itself in the continuous quality improvement processes with the AACSB and EQUIS internatio

Ilya Ilin – Dean Professor
Faculty of Global Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Through ongoing projects already underway.

Joyce F. Brown, President
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York.

In summer of 2012, we will proceed with the HVAC refurbishment and replacement in our Co-Ed dormitory. This building is 15 stories, 90,000 GSF with 233 Units. FIT's goal is to reduce the carbon emission from the building. The existing equipment uses steam as the source of energy. It is estimated that approximately $10,000 a month will be saved with this conversion.

Currently FIT has one green roof on the Shirley Goodman Resource Center. In addition, in 2012-2013, FIT will install a green roof on the David Dubinsky Student Center building. The new underlying roof will be insulated with a reinforced cold fluid applied system with a 20 year No Dollar Limit (NDL). It will contain six inches of engineered soil, vegetation and water-storing sedum. This will reduce the amount of rain

Stephen Freedman, Provost
Fordham University

Through continued projects already underway.

Fundação Dom Cabral

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Antonio Freitas, Pró-reitor
Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Fernando Laverde - Responsabilidad Social Empresar
Fundacion Universitaria del Area Andina

COMPROMISO DE TRANSPARENCIA DESDE: Presentación de informes anuales como forma que hemos desarrollado en los últimos años, para dar cuenta del ejercicio de RSU, y donde vinculamos todas nuestras prácticas hacia el mejoramiento, es necesario resaltar que con dicho informe hemos sido reconocidos los últimos 3 años por la Federación Nacional de Comerciantes FENALCO SOLIDARIO, y que como organización del sector educativo ha sido premiada por su ejercicio de responsabilidad social desde sus prácticas. De la misma forma, para el presente año desde el Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía, CEMEFI, se obtiene la distinción como empresa socialmente responsable.

Alan Merten, President
George Mason University

As part of its ACUPCC commitment, Mason aims to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Our Climate Action Plan commits us to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions at or below 2006 levels from 2012 onward and to decrease energy intensity by 2% per year thereafter. Mason's Office of Sustainability leads in coordination and reporting for both ACUPCC and AASHE initiatives. This office also administers a « Patriot Green Fund » of $100,000 per year to make Mason's campuses more sustainable through facility upgrades or installations and student research projects.

The Mason Sustainability Institute provides sustainability-oriented education and skills development workshops for Mason and its surrounding communities. Workshops span topics from solar panel installation to bicycle repair to perm

Jan Hulme
Glasgow Caledonian University

Nick Binedell – Founding Director
Gordon Institute of Business Science

GIBS is committed to extending its substantial contribution to preparing business for current and future sustainability issues.
The purpose of the GIBS sustainability project is to develop practical tools to enable environmental and social performance to be better integrated into the organisations' core strategy and financial performance.
The sustainability team links research and education efforts with administrative activities, to implement programmes that reduce the environmental impact of operations and improve the social impact of the business school in the community we operate in.
GIBS runs several initiatives in this context, including:
- Academic programmes
- Participation in international initiatives and organisations that promote sustainable / responsible prac

Krzysztof Szaflarski – Prof. dr hab.
Górnośląska Wyższa Szkoła Handlowa im. W. Korfantego, Katowice School of Economics

- teach sustainable development concepts to at least 200 students every year
- develop research on sustainable development issues, especially development theory of sustainable everyday life, sustainable hotel, and sustainable tourism, at least one project between 2012-2015, by three members of two chairs,
- cooperation with Polish Committee of UNESCO, at least one person per one meeting per year,
- cooperation with international network German-Poland Network Scientists of Sustainable Development (Deutsch-Polnisches Netzwerk Wissenschaftler für nachhaltige Entwicklung), at least one person per one meeting per year,
- green office reducing the direct and indirect environmental footprint through reuse and recycling of cartridge and toners for printers (~ 100%),

Jörgen Tholin – Rector
Gotland University

Through continued efforts already underway.

Thierry Grange - Dean & Director General
Grenoble Ecole de Management

By supporting & sustaining collaborative learning and innovative projects internally with GEM's student body, faculty & administration; and externally through our corporate, academic and social alliances locally, nationally and internationally.

Brigitte Plateau – Président
Grenoble Institute of Technology

Le groupe Grenoble INP s'engage aujourd'hui dans une démarche active de développement durable, notamment en affichant cette thématique dans sa structure de gouvernance par la nomination d'un vice-président en charge du développement durable et de l'action sociale.

Le groupe Grenoble INP s'est investi depuis de nombreuses années sur l'enseignement des concepts du développement durable en mettant en œuvre une charte de l'éthique pour les étudiants et les personnels et en mettant en place des formations sur :
• le développement durable en génie industriel
• le management environnemental
• les filières de la biomasse
• la certification ISO 14001 de l'école d'ingénieur Pagora
• la création de l'école d'ingénieur Ense3 sur les thématiques de l'énergie, de l'eau et de

Michael Powell – Professor
Griffith Business School, Griffith University

In addition GBS has implemented an eco-office program to back up this commitment. The eco-office program is currently being rolled out across all of our campuses and includes ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease waste disposal.
On a higher level, Griffith University now has an ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability and has recognised the role Higher Education can play in addressing the challenges of sustainability.
Project Officers have been appointed for each of these committed areas to assist GBS to measure its success and report on its goals.

Patrice Cailleba- Academic Dean
Groupe ESC Pau

Maintenance of projects already underway.

Hervé Passeron - Directeur
Groupe ESC Toulouse (Toulouse Business School)

Our institution is trying to improve integration of CSR in its own strategy and in education, teaching and research. Social responsibility of a faculty, for us refers to the necessity to train responsible managers in order to integrate social and environmental considerations into their decision-making and to help them to face dilemma. It deals with increasing students' understanding of environmental and social issues and to help them to face companies' economic challenges by developing innovations and new opportunities.

It includes:
- The faculty's commitments
-education and teaching
- students' enrolments in social and environmental projects
- relationships with business practitioners and stakeholders
- internal social and environmental policy of

Daniel Peyron – Directeur Général
Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle

Notre projet s illustre à travers les actions suivantes :

-Favoriser, notamment à travers les chaires d entreprises, le travail de recherche appliquée et académique. L école compte 47 enseignants chercheurs dont 16 qui travaillent directement en lien avec le développement durable. Cette année, la thématique DD-RSE a très largement nourri notre production académique et les étudiants des masters Environnement et Développement Durable ont directement été impliqués sur des projets liés aux chaires.

-Nous avons défini de grands axes d amélioration en matière de consommation d énergie : ajustement des systèmes de chauffage, investissement de matériel et sensibilisation interne à la maîtrise de consommation.

-La réduction de nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre ; le bi

Didier Jourdan- Dean
Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier Business School

We recruit a 5 persons team to achieve our targets.

M.J.G. Bormans – Drs
HAN University of Applied Science

A selection of the projects for the coming years
1. At least 15 of our bachelor courses will have a certified (through the AISHE-audit) sustainable curriculum (2012: 5 bachelor courses have a certificate)
2. Starting a centre of expertise in sustainable energy
3. Starting a centre of expertise in sustainable health care
3. The new building for the Faculty of Education will be the most sustainable school building in the Netherlands
4. All procurement actions are submitted to sustainability criteria
5. Reduction of energy-use from IT-services with 40%
6. Reduction of energy-use through mobility with 20%
7. Reduction of paper-use with 40%

Henk Pijlman – President and Chairman of the Exec
Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Wij leiden studenten op die de competentie bezitten om, ongeacht hun discipline of werkterrein, vraagstukken op het gebied van duurzame ontwikkeling weten te hanteren en daarvoor oplossingen kunnen aandragen. Dat gaat verder dan de opleidingen die traditioneel al verbonden zijn met duurzaamheid, zoals bijvoorbeeld milieukundige opleidingen. De verankering dient juist ook vanuit sociale, technologische en economische thema's vorm te krijgen. Studenten worden op gestructureerde wijze in aanraking gebracht met aspecten van duurzame ontwikkeling die relevant zijn voor hen als beroepsbeoefenaar, burger en consument. Duurzaamheid is daarmee een hogeschool breed thema. Wij streven er naar dat er in 2014 tenminste vijf schools 1 of meer AISHE duurzaamheids sterren heeft verworven.

Wij b

François Abbé-Decarroux-CEO
Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale de Genève

Through continued projects already underway.

Jean-Marc IDOUX- General Director
Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieurs HEI

HEI s inscrit pleinement dans la démarche « Higher Education Sustainability Initative for Rio+20 ». L école répond concrètement aux différentes dimensions portées dans l initiative. Elle se veut en recherche permanente d une nouvelle dynamique créative entre les sciences (recherche de la vérité), l entreprise (recherche de l efficacité économique) et l homme (espérance et valeurs). L école est tournée vers l entreprise et tire sa spécificité de valeurs mettant l étudiant et l Homme de manière générale au centre de ses préoccupations.

Enseigner les concepts de développement durable

Le développement durable se trouve au cœur des enseignements. A titre d'exemples, HEI formalise une chaire de formation, de recherche et d'innovation sur la thématique Energies Habitat Environne

Ana Nieto – President
Helsinki Espana – University Network

The Online Global Platform for Poverty Alleviation, ""Cornerstones for Poverty Alleviation"", will be the biggest public catalog ever created to share information about poverty alleviation projects from higher education institutions. The Platform will become the reference point for research and knowledge on poverty alleviation among research centers, higher education centers and business schools, strengthening synergies and talent exchange.

"Cornerstones for Poverty Alleviation" will serve as a source of information to create synergies through a Researchers' directory, the talent exchange, publications, and events calendar. It will provide research guidelines and documentation and spread and communicate projects to improve the results in the field.

The University Netw

Riitta Konkola – President, Managing Director
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Targets and goals:
Metropolia highlights sustainability in all degree programmes and courses by 2015
Implementation of new study programmes for example the Sustainable Building Engineering degree programme
WWF`s Green Office environmental programme will be implemented by 2015 to faculty and students in all campuses
Buildings and facilities are centralized into four sustainable campuses in Greater Helsinki area
Partnerships in innovative programmes for example United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Espoo) and Baltic University Programme (BUP)
Research programmes in sustainability for example Electric RaceAbout (ERA) car and Design for Everyday Mobility project (LAD)
Raising awareness of our equal oppor

Radovan Tomic, Prof, PhD
Higher School of Professional Business Studies, Novi Sad

Through continued activities already underway.

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel

The integration of sustainability themes into education has been a priority of the Faculty for over a decade, as noted by AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability Higher Education) certification for selected study programs.

The HUB Sustainability Mission Statement (2005) commits the institution to the proposed actions of The Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development of the United Nations. Sustainability has also been selected for the elite status of a strategic option a guiding theme for the entire institution.

In coming years, 2013-2015, concrete goals for HUB include: a reduction of CO2 emissions of the entire HUB by 10%; attainment of a certification from the local authority of Brussels for an ecodynamic institution; and support of the internationa

Hokkaido University

A) Sustainability Projects
Alternative University Appraisal Project

Sustainable Low-Carbon Society Project

Office for a Sustainable Campus

Center for Sustainability Science

B) Events
The 6th Sustainability Weeks (SW), our annual outreach campaign from October 6 to 21 this year. .

Kerstin Norén – Vice-Chancellor
Högskolan Väst

Through continued efforts already underway

Jérome Caby- Director General
ICN Business School Nancy- Metz

- Integrate CSR and Sustainable Development point of view in all courses taught at ICN.
- Promote academic and applied research on sustainable development and CSR through among others two chairs in « Art and Sustainable Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation.

Danica Purg – President
IEDC-Bled School of Management

Within the scope of Coca-Cola Chair agreement, IEDC-Bled School of Management plans to continue efforts in all dimensions aimed at promoting the ideals of sustainable development globally. We are delighted to have Coca-Cola‟s support in this domain, and hope to make significant contribution to Coca-Cola brand and identity as a leader of sustainable innovation. Our future plans include:

- Continued research, case writing, and teaching;
- Intensified support for global sustainability initiatives;
- Development of deeper relationship with the Coca-Cola Company and identifying new opportunities for mutual benefit and collaboration.

Paulo Bento
INDEG-IUL ISCTE Executive Education

Below are identified several activities that INDEG-IUL will implement in order to comply with the 5 commitments of the above declaration. In brackets we indicate the year in which we expect those activities to take place.

Teach sustainable development concepts:
• Offer open sustainability executive management programmes (2014)
• Engage with companies in order to promote specific in company training courses in the sustainability area (2014)
• Gradually incorporate a sustainability class in most courses (2015-2016)

Encourage research on sustainable development issues:
• Develop applied research on sustainable development (2014 onwards)
• Develop research using the Case Studies Approach (2014 onwards)
• Writing publications about sustainable manage

Bernard-Gilles Flipo – Director
Institut Catholique D’arts et Métiers

Through continued efforts already underway

Trystram Gilles- Directeur Général
Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environnement

As an institute focusing on education and research in life sciences, agronomy, food technology and environment, AgroParisTech addresses in a direct way sustainable development concerns. Teaching, research works and campus management already integrate these issues.
Our commitment will be fostered throughout the implementation of a Green Plan for sustainable development encompassing the next three years and aiming, among other things, at enhancing sustainability as well as rising sensitivity towards those issues within the working community and beyond. Annual reporting will assess the related developments. The resources mobilized so as to fulfill those commitments will rely on the student associations, the working community, managers, as well as the sustainable development mission.

Claude Bernhard – Directeur Général
Institut national supérieur des sciences agronomiques, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement

1. Context and challenges

The challenge of Sustainable Development is of the essence today. Higher Education Institutions are vested with significant responsibility and should ensure that they incorporate this concept in a transverse and structured way. Through their exemplary reputation in terms of social and environmental responsibility, HEI's have an important role to play as trainers for their students and staff as well as for businesses, local communities and their own suppliers.

In a national and European context determined by the signing of treaties and guidelines for enhancing Sustainable Developement within Institutions of Higher Education, AgroSup Dijon has decided to consider SD as an integral part of its instiutional strategy. Along with the national strategy

Leroux Valérie- Directeur de l’enseignement
Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais

Le développement durable est un pilier de la réforme pédagogique (réalisée pour les 1ère et 2ème années; en cours pour les 3ème; 4ème et 5ème années)

- Mise en place d un comité de suivi avec l ADEME; la Communauté d Agglomération du Beauvaisis; le Conseil Régional de Picardie et la Conseil Général de l Oise pour mener des projets communs en amont : (Alimentation, Biodiversité, Solidarité, Mobilité, )
- Poursuite de la démarche LaSalle VERT en développant « l Eco-Campus LaSalle Beauvais » : Piétonisation du site à partir de Septembre 2012; mise en place d un plan de gestion de la biodiversité du campus; Poursuite des projets de circuits courts menés avec le CROU

Miguel Angel Gardetti – President
Instituto de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad Corporativa

Through continuing projects already underway.

Norman De Paula Arruda Filho, President
Instituto Superior de Administração e Economia

Through continued efforts already underway.

Javier Rivera – President of the Advisory Board
Instituto Superior de Educación Administración y Desarrollo

Please refer to our PRME Sharing Information on Progress report.

José Carlos Quadrado – President
Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa

Partners engaged (ISEL, Al Farabi Kazakh National University and MDP/Global Classroom Program of Earth Institute of Colombia University)should engage with and share results through international framewoek, such as the UN decade of Education for Sustainable Development, led by UNSCO, the UN University system, the UN Academic Impact, the Global Impact, rhe UN-supported Principles for Responsible Management Eduction initiative and the UN Environmental Programme's Environmental Education and Training, in ordem to exchange knowledges ans experiences and to report regularly on progress ans challenges.

Joao Rocha – President
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Since 2010 that ISEP has its own Sustainability Action Plan, which integrates actions in the fields of Green Procurement, Green Buildings, Research and Education for Sustainability. Signing this declaration is just another formal compromise with the strong commitment that ISEP has towards Sustainable Development.

Sultan Muhammad Razzak – President
International Culture University (ICU)

Through activities already underway.

Paul Ginies- Director General
International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

Through continued efforts already underway.

Alexander Savchenko – President
International Institute of Business

Sustainability plans are reflected in
the IIB's strategic development plan
the action plan of CSR and Business Ethics Center of IIB

IIB has a commitment of key resources and by the following partners:
at the national level:
Center for Corporate Social Responsibility Development
Ukrainian Association for Management Development and Business Education
International Center for Business Ethics Development at National Technical University of Ukraine ?KPI?
Business and Society Cooperation Center at Kyiv National Economic University

at the international level:
PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education)
CEEMAN (International Management Development Association)
EBA (European Business Association)
EFMD (European Foundation

Sergey Mordovin- Rector
International Management Institute of St. Petersburg

Through continued efforts already underway.

Semjon Kundas , Rector
International Sakharov Environmental University

"Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Belarus:
- promotes the ideas and principles of ESD awareness specialist education institutions, the media and the public;
- establishing ties with foreign partners involved in the field of ESD and implementation of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development.
- training and retraining specialists in the field of renewable energy and energy saving."

Srecko Natek – Doctor
International School for Social and Business Studies

Strong connection between the IP and business environment will be established through inclusion of domestic companies, especially the ones active in management of drinking and waste water, renewable energy and therefore addressing many relevant current environmental issues. Their contribution will be to make the learning more practice oriented. Guest speakers from companies will introduce real world problems. Study visits to the companies will be organized in order to base some study units of the program on actual business situations etc. ISSBS has established an ongoing open communication with several members of business sector. Links with companies will be actively put to practise in the form of representatives from companies working with groups of students at their group project work.

Antonella PATRAS – Dean
International University of Monaco (IUM)

Through continuing efforts already underway.

- Launch a Master in Sustainable Development

- Launch a campus recycling program

- Co-organize a Sustainable Development conference with the Prince Albert II Foundation

- Prepare and publish regularly our reports on progress


Through continuing efforts already underway.

Kurmanbek Abdyldaev - Rector
Issykkul State University

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Remzi Sanver, Rector
Istanbul Bilgi University

Through ongoing commitments already underway.

Hugues Fulchiron - President
Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University

Jean Moulin Lyon3 University recognizes and assumes the crucial role of a Higher Education institution in the construction of our societies.
- We already work on consistency between our teaching programs, our research axes, and our operating mode regarding the SD approach.
- We already implement actions to increase awareness, reduce our ecological footprint and to dematerialize as far as possible
Lyon3 already named a SD responsible and a commission in charge to implement SD inside University. All these actions are and will be undertaken while following principles of transversality and cooperation between our stakeholders.
A collaborative e-space is about to be created to impulse and insure a collective teamwork between them on all SD focuses.
Work is in progress and w

Christian Guellerin- Director General
L école de design Nantes Atlantique

We have signed a memorandum of agreement about our responsibility regarding ecological responsibility with our region Pays de la Loire. We publish a report every year about our actions and what we have done for sustainability. As designers, we are definitely involved in Reshaping the world in the best way possible. Sustainability is the centre of our work and development. We are active members of Design for all and of the non-profit Desis organisation, which aims at using social innovation as a driver of sustainable change

John Dewar – Vice-Chancellor
La Trobe University

The 2011 Sustainability Report, Creating Futures, which reports on progress and outlines new actions, is due to be released in April 2012. The University has recently undertaken the Greener Government Building Program, the objective of the program is to reduce energy consumption and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions of buildings on all campuses, while engaging the students and staff through real time learning from the program.

La Trobe University released its first Sustainability Report, Responsible Futures, in 2011. The Responsible Futures report is externally assured following the Global Reporting Initiative's sustainability reporting guidelines by sustainability consultancy Net Balance.

The report covers the University's social, environmental and economic footprint and

Enase Okonedo - Dr
Lagos Business School, Pan-African University

THE CSR CENTRE will continue to engage the public and private sectors in the global discuss on sustainability through the annual CSR Conference which was launched in 2011, the CSR Master Class.

We have just selected a team of faculty and staff to drive the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, the PRME and other sustainability initiatives which the School has committed to.

Lehigh University

Martin Paul – Prof.Dr.
Maastricht University

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Brian Rosenberg, President
Macalester College

This plan includes goals for increasing sustainability education and research as well as sustainability in operations. The college is committed to annual reporting on progress. We already annually report our greenhouse gas emissions and publish a Sustainability Update every two years. The Sustainability Advisory Committee, which includes student, staff and faculty representatives, annually reviews all sections of the Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Office will be responsible for annual reporting on our progress in achieving our goals associated with this Declaration.

Reynaldo Vea – Dr
Mapua Institute of Technology

In 2011, MIT-Philippines established the Sustainable Development Research Office (SDRO) that focuses on sustainable development research and research related activities. Among the research related activities are the conduct of fora, seminar, conference, networking, and workshop. In mid 2012, SDRO will conduct an environmental and occupational toxicology workshop, to be participated in by government agencies, industries, academia and non-government organizations. This is to be conducted with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through Swedish Chemicals Agency, Sweden that aims to achieve a non-toxic environment. Apart from these activities, MIT included in its commitments the initiatives on carbon footprint reduction (CFR). By 2015, it is expected that there will be ful

Claudia Becker – Vice Dean
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Through continued efforts already underway.

Vladimir Nanut- Dean
MIB School of Management

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Uchida Atsumasa- President
Mie University

1. Educational Support - Supporting Elementary Schools (Applicants for ASPnet) in the region:
We cooperate with local educational institutions so that we promote the environmental education and the career education.
2. Educational Support - Activate the ESD:
We are conducting the practical energy environmental education for elementary schools, junior high schools, high school and universities.
3. Educational Support/ Exchange Activities - Activate of Multi-cultural Society:
At Mie University, Japanese students support international students through the Study Support, they can learn the languages and culture in the mutual communication.
4. World Heritage Education - Inheritance for the World Heritage Sit

Romain Soubeyran- Director
Mines ParisTech

Through the continued maintenance of projects already underway.

Kazuyuki Mikami – President
Miyagi University of Education

MUE is making efforts to fulfill our mission on teacher training as a member of university of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). Undergraduate Level, our university promotes the curriculum of ESD called Modern Task Subjects and settled the Environmental Education as a compulsory subject.

ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Rice Project - Regional Initiative for Cooperation for ESD Promotion through rice is a new flagship project of ESD co-learning, collaboration and networking where schools and communities in the Asia-Pacific gather under the theme of rice.

Miyagi University of Education acts as the Secretariat of the Greater Sendai Area ESD Project, which was certified for the first time in the world as a Regional Center for Expertise (RCE)

Thomas Grenon – Directeur général
MNHN Museum national d'Histoire naturelle

The Museum makes a commitment to make a full analysis of sustainable development upstream to each new project. So, it can identify the impacts and set objectives every involved department of the institution. It works day by day to reduce as much as possible all its environmental impacts: avoid the pollutions, reduce consumptions of water and energy, recycle wastes and protect the biodiversity of its site.
This policy is validated at the highest level and is leaded by a delegated department. It is then developed and shared with all the staffs. The results of environmental and social actions are every year communicated in the annual report of the Museum.
To make a commitment for the future in favor of the sustainable development, the Museum plans to create a management system dedica

Anatoly Torkunov- Rector, Academician
Moscow State University of International Relations

Through continued efforts already underway.

Michinari Hamaguchi – President
Nagoya University

Nagoya University has been conducting highly advanced research and education that overlook the broad sweep of humanities, social and natural sciences, aspiring to foster the harmonious development of human nature and science. In the light of the Nagoya University Academic Charter, which contains our fundamental principles of scholarly activity, our mission is to contribute to the well-being and happiness of humankind through research and education in all aspects of human beings, society, and nature.

Meena Galliara
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

The University has instituted Center for Sustainability Management & Social Entrepreneurship with the vision of sensitizing the students, faculty members, alumni, corporates and human service organizations to continuously respond to the changing social realities through the development and application of knowledge for creating a sustainable society that protects and promotes the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all.
The Center's mission is to create a new generation of business leaders and social entrepreneurs who are knowledgeable about and are committed to create a sustainable society. The Center's objectives serve as a bridge between academia, the corporate world and the civil society organizations. The research, as well as the teaching strengths combined with

Yuzo Tanaka – President
Naruto University of Education

The progress report on these projects will be uploaded annually to our website.

Evgeny Koposov- Rector
Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Projects and directions of scientific research conducted by scientific-pedagogical school «Ecological safety of regions»
(Head of the School: UNESCO Chairholder, doctor of technical sciences, Professor Koposov E.V.):

Projects and directions of scientific research conducted by scientific-pedagogical school «Revival and preservation of cultural and historical heritage in the basins of great rivers» (Head of the School: UNESCO Chairholder, doctor of technical sciences, Professor Koposov E.V., Professor of UNESCO Chair, Vinogradova T.P.):

• Study, preservation and promotion of architectural heritage of multicultural regions of Russia

• Intercultural communications «Russia in a single European space»

• Study of the history of Nizhny Novgorod and Nizhny

Northland College

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Walid Moussa- President
Notre Dame University – Louaize

Since 2010, Notre Dame University Louaize (NDU) has engaged as partner from the Arab region in the Tempus project: Reorient University Curricula to Address Sustainability (RUCAS), along with European partners (University of Crete and the University of Athens in Greece, Dublin City University in Ireland, Stockholm University in Sweden, University of Padova in Italy, and the University of Bordeaux 3 in France. Other Arab region partners are involved in RUCAS along with NDU (Université La Sagesse from Lebanon, Suez Canal University and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development from Egypt, and from Jordan the Hashemite University and the University of Jordan.

Neil Gorman- Professor
Nottingham Trent University

Working in partnership with local communities and engaging in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. Through the staff and student volunteering programmes delivered at NTU, volunteers are encouraged to become involved in local environmental and sustainability projects.

Encouraging research on sustainable development issues

Identifying and managing the environmental impacts arising from NTU operations on campus. This includes the commitment to meet or exceed our environmental targets, particularly focusing upon energy conservation, waste management and sustainable transport initiatives. The NTU supply chain will continue to be reviewed and improved through the sustainable procurement practices whilst the physical campuses will further be enhanced and protected for t

Örjan Andersson- President CEO
Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

We apply an integrated management system for quality, environment and safety, certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The main objective is to support our students' progress into quality- and environmentally conscious professionals who take sustainable development into consideration in their future careers.
In the management system we have overall objectives for sustainable development on the university level as well as on the faculty level and within administration. The objectives have been identified in processes involving both staff and students.

Werner Ziegler-Rector
Nuertingen-Geislingen University-NGU

Teaching: As a contribution to education for sustainable development (ESD) we offer a general studies programme that has been priced an Official project of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development in 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2012/13 by the German Commission for UNESCO. Over and above the courses offered in the general studies programme we now want to integrate courses on Sustainable Development into the core curricula of all programmes. Several programmes have established specific modules or in-depth courses in Sustainable Development. Step by step, we want to increase the representation of Sustainable Development topics in other curricula. Until 2015, reference to the goals of Sustainable Development shall be integrated into the description of all modules.
Research: The In

Kiyoshi Morita- President
Okayama University

Okayama University submitted a request to establish the UNESCO Chair in Research and Education for Sustainable Development at Okayama University, which was approved by UNESCO in April 2007. The UNESCO Chair at Okayama University was established to promote projects related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Okayama University promotes cooperation among higher education institutions in Japan and overseas by participating in the HESD Forum (a network of domestic higher education institutions for ESD) and ProSPER.Net (a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region for ESD).

As an inaugural member of the Interuniversity Network Supporting the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPUnivNet), we support UNESCO Associated Schools and schools committed to

Debbie Sydow, President
Onondaga Community College

Onondaga will monitor progress toward the goals outlined in the College's sustainability master plan, including the goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions 16% below 2007 levels by 2015. Onondaga will regularly report on its progress through the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The Office of Sustainability will continue to support campus and community involvement in programs and projects that advance sustainability at Onondaga.

Taketoshi Okuno – President
Osaka Prefecture University

Osaka Prefecture University, OPU, will provide society with technologies to improve environment and will foster next-generation leaders who can take a key role in the environmental field, aiming for sustainable society by enhanced education and researches. Every member of faculty, student and staff are involved in carrying out environmental conservation and creation on campus to share the knowledge and good practices with societies.

OPU will promote research that contributse to environmental measures, develop education system to foster leaders in the field of environment, participate proactively in environmental management on campus by students, reduce energy consumption, promote recycling resources and reducing wastes, organize industry-university-government collaborating syste

Kanybek Isakov- Rector
Osh State University-OSU

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Loren Anderson – President
Pacific Lutheran University

PLU faculty are working to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and co-curriculum in collaborative ways, progressing toward the goal of teaching every PLU student to think critically about the intersections and complexities of care for people, the planet, and prosperity. Furthermore, we are creating additional opportunities for dedicated students to engage sustainability initiatives on campus and around the world through independent projects, research with faculty and staff, and study abroad.

The Sustainability Office provides staff support for the university sustainability committee. It employs students who are encouraged to pursue individual intersections with a sustainable university. Positions are supported with training on climate comprehension and action. Result

Grigorios Tsaltas – Professor of International Law
Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences actively participates to academic and environmental research networks, such as the Hellenic Biodiversity Network and Dialogue for Europe (initiated by the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence of the University of Athens). In conformity with raising awareness of the SD concept throughout the Greek society, EKePEK organizes on an annual basis Summer Schools which have been recognized as Good Practices by the UNECE, where students from all scientific fields and University Departments and Faculties are welcome. Main aim of those Summer Schools is enhance participants' knowledge on SD goals through lectures, assignments, side-projects and awareness raising actions (the closure of each summer school is marked by a theme-based conference w

Erhardt Martin- Rector
Pforzheim University

In order to underline its engagement in integrating sustainability issues Pforzheim University was one of the first 100 participants to sign the PRME initiative in March 2008. We aim at ensuring a coordinated and systematically responsible management education for all our students. Our further developed elective module Ethics and Social Responsibility for all our Bachelor students, the compulsory module Sustainable Globalisation of our MBA in International Management program and our new Bachelor degree program Resource Efficiency Management (REM) with several new staff specialized in sustainable development issues can be highlighted as major engagements in this field. Our main goal is to enable our students to apply long-term critical thinking and innovative sustainable management solutio

Wendy Purcell – Professor
Plymouth University

Sustainability is one of the University's core values and at the heart of our institutional strategy for the future. Plymouth has appeared within the top five institutions in People and Planet's Green League of HEIs, thanks to our commitment to embedding sustainability in the way we teach, the way we work in our community and with our partners, and the way we manage our estate. Plymouth University is strongly committed to building on our successes in this area, through our teaching, community engagement and world-class research activities. For example our new £19 million Marine Building will contain state-of-the-art research equipment for testing and developing sustainable marine energy devices, working in partnership with industry, charities, and Government. We continue to instil the valu

Nicola Constantino- Rector
Politecnico di Bari

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Serge Pravossoudovitch - Director
Polytech Montpellier

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Preston Pulliams – District President
Portland Community College

Gilbert Casamatta – Dean of Reims Management Scho
PRES Université de Toulouse

Grâce à la maintence des projets déjà en cours.

Julio Lafuente Lopez – Rector

-energy saving
-public annual university report

François Bonvalet - Dean of Reims Management Schoo
REIMS Management School

Since 2003, sustainability has become a major issue in the agenda of Reims Management School.

The principles of social and environmental responsibility were distributed in all the missions of RMS. The faculty already conducted a thorough reform of the educational content of many programs in order to educate our student to exercise overall responsibility in companies. Today, our Agenda 21 focuses on five objectives:

• Nurture a new generation of responsible managers;

• Intensify research on the concepts of Global Responsibility and Sustainable Development and foster exchange on these themes with academics and practitioners;

• Promote social opening and equal opportunities for admitting students;

• Raise the awareness of all our stakeholders about

Yulu Chen- President
Renmin University of China

Green our campus. We declared a Green Campus and Civilization Campus Construction Proposal to all of our university members in December 2009. We are committed to further construction of a more green and energy saving campus in RUC.
Encourage research on sustainable development issues. We will continue to support development of the High Research Institute of Sustainable Development (founded in RUC at October 2009) and the establishment of the Policy and Regulation Research Institute on Environmental Emergency Management under the cooperation with UNEP, the related MOU was signed by RUC and UNEP at Beijing in 15 November 2011.
Teach sustainable development. We commit to teaching concepts, supporting sustainability efforts and engaging with and sharing results through international fr

Kathryn Eggleston – President
Richland College

Richland College has integrated sustainability into its Core Curriculum the general education curriculum for two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas and its general education student learning outcomes.

Richland College Facilities Services has nine energy efficiency retrofit projects planned for implementation in the next three years. These projects include replacement of two boilers, a chiller, electrical motors, metal halide lighting, and an air handling system. New installation projects include a thermal storage system, solar heat, electrical meters, and light harvesting for three buildings. The expected annual emissions reduction from the retrofit projects is 625 metric tons.

Richland College has an award-winning recycling program annually recycling more

Irina Sennikova- Rector
Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration

Through maintenance of programs already underway.

Barineme Beke Fakae- Professor
Rivers State University of Science and Technology

RSUST is committed to providing resources for these activities with support from the Government of Rivers State and the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA). The University will also build on the existing partnership with major Oil and Gas multi-national companies as well as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Colin Fudge – Professor, Pro Vice Chancellor and V
RMIT University

Compliance with the Environmental Resource Efficiency Plans (EREP), which is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Submit a WaterMAPS (Management Action Plan) Annual Report, which contains a report on RMIT's water consumption and details of actions taken to conserve water and future plans for further reductions in water usage, to City West Water and Yarra Valley Water
Invest $500 million into its capital works program
Research in:
- developing technology to analyse the effects of greenhouse gases on water and food sources
- mapping and modelling the potential impacts of climate change on different species
- developing and evaluating effective policy and community responses to the effects of climate change.

Sergey Baburin- Rector
Russian State University of Trade and Economics

Through continued projects already underway.

Armen Darbinyan - Rector
Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University

- We are planning to launch a graduate program in Sustainable Development and Tourism in Rural areas
- We are currently starting a project for reducing energy and water expenditure at the campus
- We are supporting initiatives for sustainable development

Luigi Frati – Rector
Sapienza University of Rome

Through continued efforts already underway

Svend Hylleberg – Dean of School of Business and S
School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University

Business and Social Sciences is a member of PRME a global UN-sponsored network consisting of business schools and universities, all committed to integrate a number of principles of sustainability and social responsibility into their research and education. The membership aims at assuring the quality of our work with sustainability and to provide transparency and constant development.

Business and Social Sciences has also subscribed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world's largest network for companies and organisations with focus on corporate social responsibility. The crux of the Global Compact are ten principles based on UN and ILO's international conventions on human and labour rights, the Rio declaration on environmental protection and devel

Felez Jesus, School Dean
School of Industrial Engineering of Technical University of Madrid

The enforcement of a social responsibility strategy is motivated by the need to have ethical and professionally trained engineers aware of the implications of their activities and their responsibilities. Within the engineering field, is focused particularly on integrating social and environmental criteria as well as ethical and responsible management to the organizations in which engineers work.

ETSII-UPM understands the Social Responsibility in the university as a « voluntary integration of social and environmental concerns in its operations as well as in the relationships with its partners. »

The following paragraph shows the summary of the commitments made by the Management Team of the ETSII-UPM

- To develop a comprehensive training

- To improve the q

Joseph Phillips, Dean Albers School of Business an
Seattle University

We commit to the Seattle University Climate Action Plan. The plan goals are to:

1. Educate undergrad and grad students about sustainability and climate change in our curricular and co-curricular programs. Co-curricular programs include athletics, recreational sports, student activities, housing and residence life, career services, multicultural affairs, commuter and transfer student services, leadership development and many more.

2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 12% by 2020 and 51% by 2035. Operations includes our buildings, solid waste, vehicles, business and athletics air travel and commuting.

3. Share our increasing knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.

Francesco Rossi – Rettore
Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli

Through continued efforts already underway.

Alice Guilhon - Dean
SKEMA Business School

-Reinforce its campuses sustainable development policy to highlight the exemplary role we have to play in driving forward our students and staff as well as business, local partners and suppliers and therefore provide leadership on education for sustainable development
-Keep on working with its local, regional, national and international partners (Universities, Business Schools, and Research Centers, Firms, Collectivities, Associations and internal committees which represent staff, and students.

Gabija Mikalauskien – Director
SMK University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK)

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Sarwar Jahan , Vice-President(OP) & Treasurer
Southern University, Bangladesh

Through continued efforts already underway.

Victor Kozbanenko- Rector
State University of Management

Through continued efforts already underway.

Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor
State University of New York (SUNY)

Our next step will be to communicate with constituent campuses and encourage them to sign the Declaration and commit to the UNGC. Later this year, SUNY will establish an internal task force to develop strategy for implementing UNGC system-wide and will form a working group to develop a Communications on Progress (COP) for the SUNY system.

Dennis Hefner, President
State University of New York at Fredonia

-SUNY Fredonia will continue to report through organizations such as the American University Presidents' Climate Commitment and AASHE's Sustainability Data Collector

Eric J. Bitterbaum – President
State University of New York College at Cortland

Our sustainability project between 2012 and 2015:

Engage the SUNY Cortland community in campus-wide dialog to develop a campus-wide definition of sustainability

Explore additional ways to incorporate sustainability topics into the curriculum

Increase community outreach through partnership in sustainability initiatives, e.g. Sustainable Cortland

Improve and update the campus sustainability webpage

Seek more ways for students to participate in sustainability initiatives

Continue to provide informational opportunities, e.g., Sustainability Week/Earth Week

Continue to observe ACUPCC and STARS reporting and tracking cycle submissions

Monitor and update Campus Climate Action Plan

Assign high priority to sustainabi

Christopher Dahl- President
State University of New York College at Geneseo

President Dahl charged the Commission to advance their work in the following areas:

1.Create a Statement on Sustainability to be shared with the community and to assist us in policy-making.

2. Expand the sustainability web page to continue the education and outreach that stems from an attractive, readable, and informative site.

3. Develop a Communication on Progress, in collaboration with Provost Long and with Professor Jassawalla of the School of Business, that demonstrates Geneseo's commitment to the UN Global Compact.

4. Complete the Climate Action Plan progress report in early 2012 and help the College comply with the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

5. Collaborate with Vice President Milroy and Assista

Nancy Kleniewski- President
State University of New York College at Oneonta

Already SUNY Oneonta has adopted the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for Colleges and Universities. To facilitate the infusion of sustainability throughout the curriculum, the college has created a sustainability coordinator position, which will be filled by the fall of 2012. We also have formed the President's Advisory Council on Sustainability to lead the development of partnerships with SUNY and local and regional municipalities and organizations in the coming years. Using our innovative programs that convert spent cooking oil into heating fuel and shredded paper into livestock bedding as models, we will create a comprehensive campus-wide recycling initiative. The college pledges to implement a long-range climate action plan, and will continue to use a portion of the

Alan Devis- President
State University of New York Empire State College

The college is moving forward in many ways to incorporate sustainability into academics. A group of faculty and professionals were awarded a USDA Higher Education Grant to develop this learning module which will allow students to take data in their own backyard and explore the impacts of climate change on non-native beetle species.This learning module can be used across curriculums and will stretch into the community to as a citizen science project in the near future. The project team has a goal of incorporating this module into at least 10 new studies in the next 3 years.

SUNY Empire State College is committed encouraging research on sustainable development issues to including new and innovative technologies. With funding provided by the New York State Energy Research and Develop

Stevens Institute of Technology

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Candace Vanckro- President
SUNY Delhi

Through continued efforts already underway, including: offering BIOL 110 Environmental Issues and Sustainability; Conducting the Sustainability across the Campus Project (5 courses plus Residence Life, Resnick Learning Center, and O Connor Center involvement); Planting 100 trees via donations to celebrate our campus Centennial.

We report our activities to the United Nations Academic Initiative administrators

Paul Friedel - President
Télécom Bretagne

The School is conscious of the environmental, social and economic impacts of its activities,
(Relations with local authorities, suppliers and industrial partners)

As a higher educational establishment and research and innovation centre, Télécom Bretagne has responsibility
for :
- raising the ethical awareness of its students, strengthening their commitment and critical discernment in a complex world of limited resources
- the creation of economic activities and innovative projects linked to ICT and respectful of the people and resources of the planet

As a Public Institution, it has an exemplary role,
To drive and promote the underlying values of sustainable development

As an employer it has a responsibility to its workforce

Finally, c

Leena Srivastava- Vice Chancellor
Teri University-TU

Apart from offering regular postgraduate level programme relevant for SD, the University promotes research and training activities to build capacity both within and outside. The University has classified its ESD activities in two faculties namely, the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Policy and Planning.

Progress is monitored through:
1. Number of programmes; 2. Number of PhDs awarded; 3. External funding received for SD related research; 4. Publications; and 5. Training programmes conducted for capacity building.

Stakeholders' participation is an integral part of the design of new educational programmes. Programme objectives, course structure, contents etc. are discussed with the stakeholders before the launch of a programme and are also reviewed after

Petro Yasniy, Rector
Ternopil Ivan Puluj National Technical University

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Lisa Anderson – President
The American University in Cairo

We will analyze AUC's carbon footprint and issue a report in 2012 detailing all major components of AUC's carbon footprint in Fiscal Year 2011. We will update our carbon footprint report at least bi-annually thereafter.

We will significantly reduce our carbon footprint by reducing the university's energy consumption by approximately one third between 2012 and 2015, and by encouraging more students, faculty and staff to use bus transportation to commute to the university rather than using private cars. We will also adopt incentives to encourage car-pooling.

We will significantly reduce the university's water consumption by implementing a system of using recycled water to irrigate campus landscaping.

We will integrate sustainable development concepts into ou

Cornelius Murphy- President
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Through continued efforts already underway.

Keiichi Ohta – President
The University of Shiga Prefecture

We started a new education program Field-based learning for environmental human resources collaborating with ASEAN universities, which is a learning program on sites to develop problem-solving ability and to apply students profession and the study-fields will be selected in an Asian region.

We also study fresh water conservation and a low carbon society. The School of Environmental Science, School of Engineering, and Center for Socio-ecological Systems are mainly conducting such themes.

We have an environmental management scheme toward a greener USP campus. The environment management council is organized of both staffs and students. The council is now wrestling with reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions.

The University of Tampere

The University is currently designing teaching that advances sustainable development as a part of the Nordic ESDAN project (ESDAN = Education for Sustainable Development in Academia in Nordic countries). A new study module for sustainable development will be completed by the end of the academic year 2012-2013.

In 2012, the University will begin to collect a database of research on promoting sustainable development with an aim to improve the flow of information between researchers and teachers concerning their on-going research projects and results. This will open doors for the forming of new interdisciplinary courses.

The University of Tampere is the first Fairtrade University in Finland. Promoting fairtrade is a part of the University's global responsibility. To fulfi

Roy Crawford – Professor
The University of Waikato

We will also consider the following for potential:
Collaboration with local and regional councils on organic waste minimisation for our region, 2013
Hosting a Leadership/Maori Sustainability conference in 2014 to coincide with the University's 50th anniversary celebrations
Creating an Eco Hub on campus, open to the public, showcasing eco efficiencies and research in sustainability, 2015

The University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor's office strongly supports these initiatives which will be driven by the University's Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator, and Environmental Policy Committee.

Gang Pei- President
Tongji University

Through the continuation of ongoing efforts.

Ji Ning Chen – President
Tsinghua University

Active efforts have been made for energy conservation and pollution reduction to support the rapid development of the university in a relatively slowest way of energy consumption increase. Green coverage of campus is up to 57% with 1280 kinds of trees. In 2011,Tsinghua University Centennial Celebration was around the corner, the presidents from more than 130 domestic and foreign well-known universities gathered in Tsinghua University and planted the trees were named after the school name which composed the Centennial Garden, and expressed the common aspiration of sustainable development talent cultivation.The development of "Green University" has supported a number of teachers and students firmly implementing and spreading Sustainable Development concept, and this is also the key force fo

Walter Beats- Dean, Director
UCT Graduate School of Business

Through continued efforts already underway.

Rick Ede- Chief Executive
Unitec Institute of Technology

Full details of these commitments and progress on related projects under each of the action plans can be accessed on-line at www.eco.unitec.ac.nz. Unitec utilises an on-line environmental management system www.ecoportal.co.nz, is working towards ISO 14001 certification, engages a full time Environmental Sustainability Manager and is working closely with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority of New Zealand and the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network.

Manuel Fermin Villar Rubio – Rector
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

Through continuing efforts already underway.

- PEAS: number of continuous education courses, diplomas, and formal programs that incorporate, that integrate de E&S perspective; PMPCA: number of graduates in MSc and PhD and number of thesis and papers published, indicators of quality satisfied (national standards); SGA: number of Faculties, including professors, students and employees involved in colaboration for construction of university-wide standards in 10 different criteria (which we call « modules »); SPP: importance of projects in course and finished, as well as official commissions in which we collaborate, social impact of projects and commissions.

- Agenda Ambiental is a trasversal, integrative initiative that works with all entities, professors, students and emplo

Marcia Gilbert de Babra-Rector
Universidad Casa Grande

Some of the activities the committee has performed are the journeys of Social Responsibility, inaugurate the recycling project in the university and become members of the Global Compact. Parallel to this, the department of Connection with the Community has as one of its axis to promote social responsibility. All the students at the university have to take a social responsibility class in their career period, they can be part of the volunteering program and the university is participating in projects that help urban marginal areas to develop in a sustainable way.

Fernando Galván Reula – Rector
Universidad de Alcalá

The launch in the University of Alcalá of a strategic line of management dedicated to improving the environmental aspects started in 2002, by means of series of agreements of the Council of Government, with the establishment of the Ecocampus Office of the UAH, one of the first environmental offices created in the Spanish University. Ecocampus has taken part actively in the Sectorial Commission for environmental quality, sustainable development and the prevention of risks (CADEP), which joins together all Spanish universities Green Offices.

Germán Anzola - Rector
Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales

- Los avances en la implementación de este SGA institucional serán informados al final de cada año a la opinión pública y actores nacionales e internacionales interesados.
- En los próximos dos años, la U.D.C.A cumplirá con las metas específicas ya definidas para la gestión ambiental insitucional en materia de gestión integral de residuos y ordenamiento ambiental de su campus.
- En el cumplimiento de estas metas se comprometerá toda la comunidad universitaria, bajo la dirección del Comité Ambiental de la U.D.C.A

Segundo Piriz – Rector
Universidad de Extremadura

In summary, the actions in recent years have focused on:
Evaluation, control and prevention of environmental impacts,
Rational use of energy resources and water,
Management of toxic and hazardous waste,
Recycling and reuse of materials,
Reduction of waste generated,
Minimization of emissions,
Recovery of parks and leisure areas,
Education and environmental awareness."

Fransisco Gonzalez Lodeiro – Rector
Universidad de Granada

In order to keep on joining efforts and to contribute to the improvement of global sustainability, the University of Granada undertakes to develop actions depending on our resources and capabilities, among which the following are worth highlighting:

Editing an environmental management report once a year
Improving the relationships with other organizations and promoting the participation of the University of Granada in collaboration with the local agents
Improving the communications with the social and economic agents, taking as a reference the nine action groups established as a priority in the United Nations Conference on
Improving the transparency and the access to the information on sustainability of our institution, ensuring that all interested parties can have ac

José Angel Hermida-Alonso – Rector

- Enseñar los conceptos de desarrollo sostenible.
- Fomentar la investigación sobre temas de desarrollo sostenible.
- Transformar nuestros Campus hacia la sostenibilidad.
- Apoyar los esfuerzos para la sostenibilidad en la comunidad a la que pertenecem

María de los Angeles Serrano García – Vicerrectora
Universidad de Salamanca

Through active participation of all stakeholders.

José Asthul Rangel Chacon - Rector General
Universidad de Santander-UDES

La Universidad de Santander UDES trabaja en la consolidación de una institución educativa competitiva e Internacional con Responsabilidad social Universitaria.
A través de sus procesos académicos e investigativos la institución ha venido avanzando en el conocimiento de sus actividades y los impactos ambientales que estas conllevan, siendo esta una aproximación para la implementación de una serie de programas ambientales direccionados a la preservación y optimización de los recursos naturales del campus.
A lo largo de los últimos años la Universidad ha trabajado en el manejo integral de los residuos sólidos (peligrosos y ordinarios) y líquidos, identificación y preservación de especies de flora y fauna, promoción de prácticas y tecnologías de ahorro y uso eficiente del agua y energí

Sonia Roca - Rector
Universidad Del Pacifico - Ecuador

Through continued efforts already underway.

José Morales Orozco - Rector
Universidad Iberoamericana, A.C.

To consider criteria of sustainability into transport systems linked to the activity of the university, so as to reduce impacts on the environment.
To consider the social, ecological and economic impacts of the purchasing of products and services.
To embrace a permanent process of evaluation to ensure the adequate commitment to these policies to meet future social and environmental requirements.
To become an example of sustainability for society.
To comply with environmental regulations and endeavor to overcome them where possible, committing to a process of continuous environmental improvement.
To ensure that environment conditions are optimal and safe for the development of activities within the University and contribute to improving the environmental quality of its a

José Antonio Franco – Dean
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

A general description of key resources and/or partners dedicated to achieve these targets

-The Occupational Risk Prevention Service (section which depends on the Vicerectorate of Infrastructure, Equipment and Sustainability and Infrastructures).

-The Sustainability Evaluation working group of the Environmental Quality, Sustainable Development and Risk Prevention Committee (CADEP) of the Spanish Conference of University Rectors (CRUE).

Rolando Enrique Alvarado Lòpez- Rector
Universidad Rafael Landìvar-URL

A través del mantenimiento de los proyectos ya en marcha.

Lázaro Rafael Sánchez-Velásquez
Universidad Veracruzana

- A promise to take action now or in the future
- A commitment to transparency through annual reporting on progress
- A description of time-bound targets/goals that can be measured for success
- A general description of key resources and/or partners dedicated to achieve these targets

Carlo Carraro- Rector
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Ca Foscari University of Venice's reads sustainability as a cross strategic asset. Knowing that the way to sustainability is complex, both in the synchronous situation and in the evolutionary one, some core areas were defined regarding to the context in which Ca Foscari is operating.
On July 2010 the Academic Senate approved the first Carta degli impegni di Sostenibilità CIS (Commitments on Sustainability Act), a policy document summarizing all the commitments brought by the University on the theme of sustainability.
The document is a mid-term tool and the University, on the basis of it, commits on strategic and operative targets that have been split in actions for whom are scheduled precise deadlines and a responsible offices.
All the targets are pursued with transversal proje

Antonino Recca – Rector
Università degli Studi di Catania

In particular, the University of Catania aims:
-to encourage the use of electronic market for public admistration procurement;
-to reduce the counsumption of paper and save energy using also for official communications telematic communication technologies;
-to obtain energy using photovoltaic panels;
-to support sustainable methods of tranports in and around campus;
-to support research into green technologies;
-to take part in the local Observatory on waste collection and reconversion of waste materials;
-to adopt, in collaboration with the local municipality of the city of Catania, an efficacy and efficency collection system of collection and disposal of waste materials in the buildings of the University;
-to continue to take part in network at

Pasquale Nappi – Rettor
Università degli Studi di Ferrara

Le azioni concrete compiute finora sono state:

• Fonti di energia. L'Ateneo ha adottato da diversi anni una strategia di conversione delle preesistenti fonti di riscaldamento degli ambienti, passando da combustibili fossili a fonti rinnovabili, attraverso l'utilizzo della rete cittadina di teleriscaldamento geotermico. Oggi la quasi totalità delle strutture di Ateneo è servita dal teleriscaldamento. Inoltre l'Ateneo ha avviato anche attività di bonifica delle cisterne di gasolio esistenti e non più utilizzate. Al 2010 sono state bonificate le cisterne presenti presso Palazzo Renata di Francia, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Tassoni Mirogli, Palazzo Gulinelli, i Vecchi Istituti Biologici e il Complesso Machiavelli.

• Efficienza energetica. Diversi sono gli interventi predisposti

Giacomo Deferrari – Rector
Università degli Studi di Genova

Through continued efforts already underway.

Marcello Fontanesi – Rector and President
Università degli Studi di Milano

The University of Milan intends to contribute to RIO+20 objectives through education and research projects centered on sustainable development.

We shall mainly focus on agricultural development and animal husbandry in order to answer the increasing food demand and to reduce the number of people over the world still affected by malnutrition and poverty.

Thus, we commit to:
include sustainable development issues in the University's educational and scientific programmes, allowing for the involvement of relevant academic staff and departments;
draw progress reports on educational and research actions carried out at the University and at Universities and Institutions in partner countries every year;
increase sustainable development activities to 20%, and measure

Angelo Riccaboni – Rector
Università degli Studi di Siena

Between 2012 and 2015, among the actions to be promoted, there is the launch of a special course on sustainability, to be suggested to the inclusion in all the study programs of the students of the University of Siena. We are exploring also the possibility to establish a PhD program on sustainability.
As for the research, we are working (with the Province of Siena) on an observatory on the sustainability, to introduce a model based on statistical indicators that could be used firstly at local level, but in the future can be extended to other territories and regions.
The University of Siena commits itself to produce an annual report on sustainability, in January of each year, to assess the improvement of the actions described.
The main key internal resources are, as we said,

Cristiana Compagno – Rector
Universita degli Studi di Udine

As to energy management, several actions have already been undertaken thanks to projects of our researchers in cooperation with local and international firms: for instance, photovoltaic systems are installed on our roofs since 2009, as well as demonstration projects of innovative solar installations (converters, mirrors, solar trackers).

The early involvement of the University in municipal energy planning and joint research and consultancy projects with the Municipality of Udine and the Regional Health System brought about a cogeneration and district heating concept for the City and University hospital, the scientific campus, several large buildings in the area and all residential buildings in the area. This concept is now been put into practice: the system is being built and is e

Giovanni Latorre- Rector
Università della Calabria

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Stefania Giannini- Rector
Università for Foreigners of Perugia

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Massimo Giovannini – Rector
Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria

The University has also realized, or is currently commited to realize, the following initiatives:
installation of a low power consuption lighting system within all the university buildings. The smart lighting system is based on fluorescent bulbs which are wireless connected each other for a centralized diagnostic and control
installation of a grid connected photovoltaic plant capable of produncing a peak-power of kW
installation of grid connected wind turbines, capable of producing overall a peak-power of 300 kW, representing one fourth of the peak electric power requested by the University

Ana Maria Geli – Rectora

Envio del compromiso de prácticas de sostenibilidad en Instituciones de Educación Superior con ocasión de la conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible 20--22 de junio de 2012, Rio de Janeiro.

Esteban Morcillo – Rector
Universitat de València

Through continued efforts already underway.

Antoni Giro Roca – Rector

Both actions will complement the expected results of the second phase of the 2015 UPC Sustainability Plan. This second phase will focus on the integration of Sustainable Development principles into decentralized management structures (campuses, schools, departments) with special emphasis on including sustainability commitment in contracting and supplies.
The Global Compact report will be prepared and presented annually, as previously done since 2010.

Giuseppe Zaccaria – Rector

The concepts to be teached will be determined as a function of the objectives of the specific course. By 2013 all the coordinators of laurea degree courses shall define these contents and, starting from 2015, an annual progress report will be produced by the coordinators of all courses. The key players of this action will be the University teachers.

The University will encourage starting new research on sustainable development by including this theme among the priorities when launching its research projects in the years 2013 to 2015. The progress will be annually measured by the official panel (Nucleo di Valutazione di Ateneo) in charge of the general evaluation of the University performance.

The University will encourage sustainable mobility for students and faculty, ma

Mathias Bernard - President
Université Blaise Pascal Clermont2

Our projects in terms of sustainable development at Blaise Pascal University are essentially committed to:
- bring forward, ameliorate existing teaching programs and implement new teaching programs in which sustainable development is a focus.
-the implementation of a Green Plan in the next 4 years which will first focus on:
-a carbon assessment of our sites and buildings through a detailed diagnosis of energy consumptions with the goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2020,
-a survey of water consumption and management on our different campus sites,
-the improvement of our waste management plan,
-the improvement of sites accessibility for disabled persons,
-the improvement of workers and students commuting schemes,
-a reduction of our uni

Bruno Delvaux – Recteur
Université Catholique de Louvain

The Louvain School of Management (LSM) - the UCL's Faculty of Management leads a pilot study about the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the students' curriculum. The LSM promotes a clear ambition - summarized in its slogan: Excellence & Ethics in Business - that is to train today's and tomorrow's managers to responsible decision-making within a complex socio-economic environment and to put human and societal values at the heart of decisions. The LSM works to support the objectives of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (see the LSM report available on www.prme.org/). The LSM promotes the training of entrepreneurs willing to launch innovative projects, to solve complex problems by adopting a systemic perspective and to change business norms; ethical

Sophie BéJean – Presidente
Université de Bourgogne

Adopté par le Conseil d administration du 28 juin 2010, l uB est l une des premières universités françaises à formaliser un plan pluriannuel aussi exhaustif en matière d environnement et de développement durable. Elle acquiert ainsi un statut d université de référence, dont elle devra être à la hauteur dans la concrétisation de ses actions.

Sa mise en place devra s effectuer de manière concertée avec les partenaires locaux privilégiés de l université comme le Grand Dijon, le Conseil Régional de Bourgogne ou le CROUS. Par ailleurs, l université de Franche-Comté étant elle aussi déjà engagée dans une démarche de développement durable, le PRES devra lui aussi intégrer dans ses actions et ses proposition le développement durable et les engagements de ses établissements membres.

Jean Peeters- President
Université de Bretagne-Sud

Through continuing activities already underway.

Jean-Pierre Finance – Administrateur Provisoire
Université de Lorraine

To achieve this mission for the sustainable development the Université de Lorraine will reserve a part of its annual budget. The university also will use all of its central services, of its central councils, and all the services and technical offices of the diverse sites. Planning will be necessary because all the actions can't be achieved in the short term. However, the Université de Lorraine commits that the results of this approach will be substantial in 2015.

The new “Université de Lorraine” resulting this year from the fusion of four universities commits to fulfil the obligations of the charters signed by the Heads of the french universities.

From 2012, the “Université de Lorraine” must continue actions initiated since 2010 and extend its initiative for sustainable

Olivier Laboux- President
Université de Nantes

This program is divided into five items:
- Environmental management
- Transports and soft mobility
- Social policy
- Awareness, Teaching and Research
- Strategy and governance

More details are available on the website of the university (www.univ-nantes.fr/universite21).

Jacques Marignan – President

- Par une intégration de plus en plus poussée du développement durable dans l?ensemble des formations proposées, notamment sous forme d'un d enseignement libre accessible à l ensemble des étudiants de Licence.

- Nous mettons en place une gestion écoresponsable de notre campus afin de réduire notre empreinte écologique. Nous remplaçons progressivement les lampes actuelles par des lampes basse consommation, les impressions sont par défaut en recto-verso noir et blanc. Nous avons également pour projet de réaliser un Bilan Carbone avec la participation de nos étudiants et améliorer les modes de déplacement avec de la mise en place d un plan de déplacement.

- La recherche a UNÎMES s appuie sur un projet interdisciplinaire spécifique autour de la thématique du risque techn

Mohamed Amara - President
Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

The project Equipex MARSS (Mass Spectrometry Center for Reactivity and Speciation Science) aims to install a center of mass spectrometry for metal speciation studies, brings together the latest generation of instrumentation in the field of spectrometry mass which, leaning against the existing potential of the IPREM (Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical Chemistry for the Environment and Materials) will make it a center of international dimension. This project will be dedicated to scientific advances related to the reactivity and speciation based on a high level of instrumental platform with four mass spectrometers for high-end analysis of advanced speciation. The scientific goal is to push the boundaries of speciation analysis to:understanding the role of elements, particularly met

Loic Vaillant -President of Université de Tours
Université de Tours

A working team on sustainable development has emerged from the first step. It is composed of teachers, staff and researchers. The President of the Universiy of Tours, Mr Loïc Vaillant, and the administration council have given guidelines to the University of Tours Sustainable development team focusing on three main objectives :

Recycling and waste : Actions are led to collect and recycle paper, plastics, glass and metal differently but also batteries and computers. Some experiments have begun to organize the compost of organic waste.

Sustainable transportation : the University of Tours has realized a Sustainable Transportation Plan which aims to reduce single occupancy vehicules and to facilitate the choice of more sustainable transportation options : public transpor

Pascal Saffache- President
Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

-Inscrire au cahier des charges des marchés passés par l établissement des indicateurs de performance environnementale et sociétale pour favoriser les achats responsables.
- Mettre en place une politique de tri des déchets pour favoriser le recyclage des matériaux et limiter l épuisement des ressources naturelles. Ceci peut débuter par la mise à disposition de récupérateur de piles, de toners, du papier pour aller jusqu au traitement de l ensemble des déchets quand la logistique et les filières de récupération et de traitement le permettent.
- Entreprendre une démarche d amélioration de l efficacité énergétique sur les différents campus en enseignant les éco-gestes et en responsabilisant les différents acteurs, en mettant en place les équipements et systèmes facilitant une optimisa

Yves Guillotin – President
Université du Maine

Grâce à la poursuite des efforts déjà en cours

Berland Yvon- President
Université d’Aix Marseille

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Jean-Paul Saint André - Président de l’Université
Université d’Angers

Grâce aux efforts continus déjà en cours.

Khalled Bouabdallah- President
Université Jean Monnet

"Un chargé de mission au Développement durable a été désigné par le président de l'université en 2010.

Après consultation des différentes services et composantes pédagogiques, l'université Jean-Monnet a engagé les projets suivants:

1. Constitution d'un comité de développement durable à l'échelle de l'établissement (2011)

2. Elaboration d'un Plan de Déplacement Campus en partenariat avec l'agglomération de Saint-Etienne, et en lien avec les autres établissements d'enseignement supérieur du bassin (2012)

3. Habilitation d'une licence professionnelle de Développement durable par l'économie sociale et solidaire (2011)

4. Discussions avec le CLOUS pour développer la pratique de circuits courts en matière d'approvisionnement des restaur

Patrick Lévy – President
Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1

1) Energy efficiency and Greenhouse gas reduction
Engage with and share results through the City-wide Climate Plan

2) Travel plan and schemes for all staff
21 propositions to reinforce this plan, notably with 4 main axes:
a) Develop safe practices for walking and cycling
b) Favour the use of public transport
c) Encourage car sharing
d) The greening of vehicles used, with lower carbon emissions (Purchase hybrid cars for the managers of the university, car share, electric bicycle.)
e) Improvement of sites accessibility for disabled students and workers

3) Green IT
In 2011, L'UJF became the first French university to obtain recognition for its participation in the « code of conduct for data center »
Proposed creation of

Denis Brière- Rector
Université Laval

Through continued efforts already underway.

Alain Delchambre – Président
Université libre de Bruxelles

The ULB is therefore committed to pursuing its environmental policy by implementing annually defined environmentally-oriented initiatives. In addition, it engages, between 2012 to 2015, to:

1. Pursue these two complementary education and sustainable development initiatives, in other words, first, to integrate sustainable development issues into the various traditional academic programme tracks and, second, to offer specialised Master programmes in the field.

2. Increase its visibility both internally and externally, and, more specifically, promote cross-discipline dynamics and cooperation, as many research units at ULB work on environmental and sustainable development issues, by cataloguing the latter via an adapted online tool.

3. Develop quantified reductions

Philippe Rollet - President
Université Lille 1 - Sciences et Technologies

- Charte de développement durable (C.A - 19 Mars 2010) dans laquelle l'université s'engage sur des objectifs à atteindre, en cohérence avec le référentiel Plan Vert (Gouvernance, biodiversité, lutte contre les pollutions et le rechauffement climatique, achats exemplaires, politique sociale, formation et sensibilisation au développement durable, recherche pour une société durable, et ancrage territorial. La démarche est portée par une vice-présidence en charge de la politique environnementale.
- Agenda 21 (C.A - 24 Février 2012), ou plan pluriannuel d'action en faveur du développement durable, qui constitue le principal document de programmation de la mise en oeuvre opérationelle de la démarche de développement durable : Amélioration de la valorisation des déchets, réalisation d'un Pl

Yannick Lung – President
Université Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV

Through continued efforts already underway.

Albert Marouani - President
Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Through continuing efforts already underway.

University at Albany

In the coming years, we will expand our commitment to sustainability beyond operations and into the classroom. We will be developing a coordinated and strategic vision with regards to sustainability for our curriculum offerings and research activities. We are about to complete our first AASHE STARS report which will help us to identify our strengths and weaknesses with an eye towards identifying metrics and goals for measuring sustainability progress.

As we continue to evolve our sustainability community, we look forward to working with our colleagues within SUNY to embody our common vision ""to learn, to search, to serve"" and bring sustainability to life for our campuses and surrounding communities. We also are anticipating forming new bonds across the state through our af

Satish Tripathi – President
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

By signing this declaration, the University at Buffalo is reaffirming its commitment not only to creating a more sustainable university but also to recognizing its vital role in ensuring a sustainable world for the benefit of present and future generations. UB is committed to growing our sustainability curriculum, deepening our research, increasing our collaboration with community partners, and decreasing our environmental footprint on the future. Over the next three years UB will be implementing a number of specific initiatives contained in UB's Climate Action Plan, including opening six new LEED-designed facilities, completing the artistically infused, publicly accessible Solar Strand, expanding our re-use and recycling rates, completing a holistic sustainability assessment, and pursuing

Haruna Yakubu – Vice Chancellor
University for Development Studies

We have other similar sustainable development intiiatives also planned for later, which we will report on when they pass planning stage.

We stand by our declaration to take action now and in the future and will provide annual reports regarding our activites.

Kessler Jüng- Professor, Rector
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur

Through continuing efforts already underway.

David Battersby – Vice Chancellor
University of Ballarat

University has recently passed the 2012-13 Sustainability Strategy which sets out goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissins, energy, waste, water and begin embedding sustainability into all curriculum.

Jordi Serra – Deputy Rector of Sustainability
University of Barcelona

The sustainability plan of the UB is guided in its definition and implementation by the following strategic goals:
- reduce the environmental impact of the institution in all its areas of activity;
- improve efficiency in energy and natural resources;
- integrate the values and principles of sustainability in decision making and incorporate good environmental practices at all levels of the institution;
- encourage and continue conducting projects in the field of sustainability, to help perform an action exemplary both in their own UB as other government and private entities.

Strategic lines of the UB Sustainability Plan
1. Preservation and dissemination of natural values
2. Planning and sustainable building
3. Mobility
4. Environmental Quality <

Martin G. Täuber – Professor/Rector
University of Bern

The University of Bern (Unibe)
- is committed to teaching sustainable development concepts
- is committed encouraging research on sustainable development issues
- is commited to promote resource efficiency and minimising waste and pollution by implementing sustainable procurement practices and management of the waste streams

Unibe will undergo an annual assessment in regard to the status of the achievement of the objectives and targets defined in the policy and action plan.

For a general description of key resources and/or partners dedicated to achieve these targets please visit :

Susan Herbst - President
University of Connecticut

These action items address energy efficiency, low impact development, waste reduction, smart building technologies, renewable energy, and improvement of public transportation options. They also address academic goals related to renewable energy resource development, climate change evaluation and monitoring, environmental literacy, and leadership in climate change adaptation. These goals touch every academic and support department in the University. Additionally, the University Academic Plan lists environmental and social responsibility/ sustainability as one of only three defined high-level goals for the period ending in 2014.

The University participates in annual reporting to ACUPCC and AASHE for monitoring. Transparency is embedded in every part of the reporting process as a

Perttu Vartiainen – Rector
University of Eastern Finland

Studies on development policy have highlighted the necessity to once again assess the Rio consensus on sustainability as expressed in Agenda 21 and to also take into consideration the ethical challenges of sustainability to the academic society. The concept of sustainability should be re-evaluated from an intercultural perspective. This would be of importance for people and societies of different cultural backgrounds. The concept of sustainability, as expressed in writings and teachings, should be understood in a broad perspective. Ethical sustainability should be seen as a precondition for the implementation of the four attributes of sustainable development: ecological, economical, social and cultural. It is important to note that cultural sustainability is not the same as ethical sustain

Astrid Beckmann-Rector Professor Dr.
University of Education PH Schwaebisch Gmuend-PH SG

The Education for sustainable development has a long tradition at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. Already in the nineties oft the last century, some colleagues have developed theoretical concepts for environmental education and tested practically at the university.

Since 2000 the education for sustainable development is a central issue in many departments. In particular, the department of biology develops and evaluates pedagogical approaches for this purpose. An example is the project ?Worldrangers? by Professor Dr. Hans-Martin Haase.

In 2011, the senate of the university founded a committee. This group is supposed to intensify and strengthen the profile of sustainability, which is laid down in the actual programme of the university.

The followings

Giovanni Tesoriere
University of Enna Kore

Through maintenance of projects already underway.

Bryn Morris – Registrar and Secretary
University of Essex

Our operations need to be environmentally sustainable so we can realise our strategic aims despite vital resources becoming increasingly unaffordable. In response to the global situation the University of Essex pledges to:

1. Reduce absolute direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent in CO2 equivalent terms by 2020, from a 2005 baseline.
2. Ensure our environmental performance from heating our buildings and recycling our waste to encouraging sustainable transport use is transparently reported on through our Sustainability Strategy Group.
3. Allow staff and students to help improve our environmental performance through our Green Task Force.
4. Encourage smarter environmental thinking to flourish through our Essex Sustainability Institute.

Mark Overton, Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Aff
University of Exeter

Through ongoing projects already underway.

Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor
University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability over time and made a distinguished contribution to this area as reflected in University sustainability rankings, index assessments and awards. It has recently launched an ambitious plan to upscale the impact of its efforts in this area. This 5 year plan is embedded within the University?s Strategic Plan and continues to build on efforts to embed sustainability into the DNA of the University. The University of Gloucestershire is committed to transparency in all activities undertaken including those associated with sustainability. As well as submitting to external audits through ISO14001 and rankings systems such as the Green League, the University undertakes regular internal environmental audits and pu

Pam Fredman – Vice-Chancellor
University of Gothenburg

The action plan for environment and sustainable development indicates the overarching objectives for the University's work on sustainable development and how these are to be put into effect in the University's activities. The action plan is set by the Vice-chancellor and the responsibility for implementation and follow-up is delegated to each Dean of faculty. The university has one appointed environmental manager who is head over the environmental unit. The current action plan runs from 2011-2015.

The objectives are:

- The University will increase the amount of research in sustainable development.

- The University will increase the integration of sustainable development into education.

- The University will strengthen its interaction with the surrounding

Maj-Britt Johansson – Vice-Chancellor
University of Gävle

HiG's work for sustainable development, which takes place within the structure of a certified ISO14001 environmental management system, is reported annually to the Swedish Department of Education and to the Swedish EPA.
HiG has objectives for its work with SD for five years (presently 2011-2016), which are broken down into measurable biannual targets for the different faculties and departments of the university (presently 2011-12). The results of the work with the targets are reported annually and included in the annual report of the university.
The key resources are the facts that HiG includes sustainable development in its overall vision, has active support from the Vice-Chancellor and the management, has appointed a Vice President for Sustainable Development and has a Council fo

Phyllis M. Wise – Vice President and Chancellor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Our campus is on target to meet and even exceed the major goals included in iCAP.
- Reduce energy consumption: 20% by 2015
- Reduce energy emissions: 15% by 2015
- Conserve water: 20% by 2015
- Divert waste: increase to 75% by 2020
- Set green standards for new buildings: LEED Platinum by 2015
- Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
- Integrate sustainability into the campus culture by celebrating Earth Week during spring and Sustainability Week during fall
- Organize an annual teaching workshop for faculty and instructors on how to infuse sustainability into the curriculum

Achieving these goals requires action by numerous units on campus and close collaboration with local government and community organizations. The Office of Sustainability is

Adetokunbo Sofoluwe- Vice Chancellor
University of Lagos

Through continued efforts already underway.

- Creation of the Waste to Wealth Programme through the establishment of recycling and waste disposal scheme/ project.

a. A committee would be set up to establish:

i. The appropriate location for the plant

ii. Orientation of members of the University Community on the importance of proper Waste Management and Recycling.

iii. The cost implication

This committee would also be in charge of evaluating and monitoring the project and issuing biannual progress reports.

b. The Pre-establishment of the project would include various orientation programmes such as seminars, workshops, public lectures to sensitize members of the University Community. (Time Frame: 12 months)

c. Key resourc

Dominique Arlettaz – Rector
University of Lausanne

By the term sustainability UNIL means the need for society to maintain a degree of prosperity, while at the same time drastically reducing its impact on the biosphere by showing greater consideration for the limits of natural riches and the need to share resources more fairly. While the natural sciences and technology will play a role in creating innovative solutions, it is clear that they alone will not be able to meet this challenge. Institutional, economic and social innovations will also be necessary. It is the responsibility of educational and research institutions to analyse in depth the mechanisms that lead to current imbalances and to contribute to the emergence of such innovations.

Don Barry – Prof
University of Limerick

In order to achieve these goals UL has recently ratified a detailed set of Environmental Protocols for all areas of its activity and in 2011.

In addition, UL has also joined (2011) the international Green Metric rankings initiative (http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/) which allows universities in both the developed and developing world to compare their efforts towards campus sustainability and environment friendly university management.

The current version of the UL Strategic plan Pioneering and Connnected is available at www2.ul.ie/pdf/521283169.pdf

Leo Morton – Chancellor
University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Sustainability Principles and Actions:
UMKC signed on to the ACUPCC in 2009 and is a member in good standing in 2012. UMKC released its first Sustainability Emissions Inventory as part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2010 followed by the UMKC Sustainability Plan in 2011 and the updated Sustainability Emissions Inventory in 2012. In the spring of 2012 UMKC join The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System' (STARS) which is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure the sustainability performance supported and provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UMKC has been an active AASHE member since 2009.

Georges Magoha – Vice-Chancellor
University of Nairobi

The University will cooperate with all stakeholders in the Nairobi region to ensure the impacts of University operations on the environment are minimized.

The University recognizes that it has a role to provide students with the tools to be environmentally conscious citizens. The University desires to offer leadership as an environmentally responsible organization and is committed to promoting environmental awareness, and educating and training the University community regarding the collective responsibility to implement its environmental policy. The greening of curriculum in various academic departments is growing.

The University is committed to measuring and monitoring its progress towards reaching its environmental goals and objectives as outlined in its environmental

Martin Gerzabek , Rector Univ.-Prof. Dr. DDDr.h.c
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Through the following programs and initiatives in Austria: SUSTAINICUM, a cooperative project between the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the University of Graz and the Graz University of Technology, as well as the Doctoral College on Sustainable Development (doKNE), the Centre for Development Research (CDR), the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability (gW/N), and the EMAS certification. Through engagement with international frameworks, including European Joint Programming (JPI) in climate research.

Our sustainability project between 2012 and 2015:

Teach sustainable development concepts:

SUSTAINICUM is a cooperative project between the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, the University of Graz and the Graz Un

Ole Petter Ottersen – Rector
University of Oslo

Through continued efforts already underway.

Domenico Laforgia- Rector
University of Salento

Our commitment to Sustainable Practices was recently proved by the excellent result that we achieved in the GreenMetric World University Ranking in 2011 (http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/ ), an initiative which allows universities in both the developed and developing world to compare their efforts towards campus sustainability and environment friendly university management.

Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor
University of Salford

- Ensuring sustainability is at the core of the Campus Masterplan development and sustainable construction practices are embedded into plans for refurbishments and new developments;
- Developing a travel plan which encourages alternative methods of transport to single-occupancy car journeys;
- Proactively working with our local partners to align sustainable practices;
- Protecting the natural habitats and encouraging biodiversity on University managed land and of that surrounding, particularly Peel Park;
- Developing an Environmental Management System in line with the EcoCampus programme and ISO 14001 to drive continual improvement;
- Communicating the environmental sustainability policy and strategy to staff, students and other stakeholders and raise awareness amongst

Juan Jose Casares Long – Rector
University of Santiago de Compostela

USC reports annually to its various stakeholders through the following instruments.
- The Memorandum of Social Responsibility
- The Rector's Report, which includes the activities of the Office of Sustainable Development

University of Stellenbosch Business School

Through continuing efforts already underway.

Ross Milbourne – Vice Chancellor
University of Technology Sydney

Through SIPS report for the UNPRME which details targets, key resources and partners.

James Fraser Peter – Principal & Vice-Chancellor
University of the Highlands and Islands

Through continuing efforts already underway.

University of the West of England, Bristol

UWE's Sustainability Strategy is nested in the University's Strategic Plan and provides strategic and operational direction for all the University's sustainability endeavours. We have worked hard to improve the operational sustainability performance of the University over the last 5 years. Equally important has been the effort to embed sustainable development thinking and experience into the programmes of study offered by the University.

Academic year 2012/13 will see the launch of the University's new MSc Sustainable Development in Practice (see http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F8NA1/2012) joining an impressive portfolio of short courses, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes addressing sustainable development from a number of perspectives.

In the period 2012 - 2015 The Uni

Marcos Sacristán Represa – Rector de la Universida
University of Valladolid

Que la Universidad de Valladolid se convierta en una institución modélica de gestión ambiental sostenible que pueda servir de referencia para otras instituciones u organismos públicos y privados.

Sylvie Faucheux- President of the University
University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines

Sylvie Faucheux President of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and professor of environmental economics and sustainable development- confirms the university involvment for sustainable development. During the last 10 years, the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines made a sheer commitment for sustainable development at local, national and international levels. Boldly engaged in that field of sustainability, the university, as a pioneer in France, integrated this item in the running of the establishment. Sylvie Faucheux is also co-president of the Sustainability Commission of the French Council of University Presidents at the origin of the French approach of sustainable development in universities and colleges named the Green Plan Framework.

Peter Noyes, Vice Chancellor
University of Wales, Newport-UWN

Through continued efforts already underway.

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

We recognise the world is changing and the skills we need must change accordingly. We are committed to ensuring that students educated at Trinity Saint David will enhance their skills and employability through their university experience. Our commitment to creating a new university fit for the future is total. To take that forward, we have published a list of key actions, actions that will transform the lives of our students and staff, of their buildings and workplaces and the total university experience.

Quite simply, we want to be the university of choice for discerning students and staff of the future.

Our offer is based on taking a university wide approach to systematically embed sustainability in everything that we do.
From our commitments, you

Christine Clements – Dean, College of Business & E
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business & Economics

During the 2012 to 2015 period we specifically commit to build upon the success of our water business program by taking the following actions:
- Incorporating water as natural capital and freshwater water stewardship topics into our curriculum across all disciplines;
-Offering water-centric educational opportunities in the form of symposia, conferences, courses, certificates and degrees to our faculty and students, industry, and the community;
-Encouraging and supporting research by faculty and students on freshwater management topics such as water quality, quantity and accessibility;
-Supporting our students' water-related internship, service learning, and co-curricular activities;
-Bluing our campus by: i) reducing our water footprint through resource efficien

Aino Sallinen – Rector
University oj Jyväskylä

"The University of Jyväskylä Strategy document takes sustainable development into account especially in the University's environmental programme. The University of Jyväskylä recognizes that its activities may have effects on the surrounding environment. Therefore the University is currently preparing a new Environmental Policy to affirm the commitment to environmental issues and to demonstrate its intention to sound environmental practices. Currently the University is making preparations for implementing an environmental management system in order to fulfill the environmental criteria of the WWF Green Office standards by 31.12.2013. This process is being spearheaded by the University's high-level Environmental Working Group initiated in April 2011. The main tasks of the working group are t

Dragan Marušič – Rector

The University will seek to develop responsible leaders, professionals and citizens by:
- Supporting study programs oriented to sustainable development.
- Offering Summer Schools and other training programs for developing awareness about global ecological, economical and social issues.
- Embedding sustainability in the culture and practices of the University through the broadest engagement with staff, students, employers and partners in the community and in government.
- Developing clear objectives related to the environmental impact of the University.
- Becoming known as the leading sustainable university in Slovenia and nearby countries.
- Developing University Sustainability Report until 2014.

Louis Pol – Dean
UNO College of Business Administration

The College of Business Administration (CBA) provides sustainability leadership locally and regionally. CBA will continue its current actions and commits to building on that effort.

Mikhail Fyodorov- Rector
Ural State University of Economics

USUE improves scientific understanding through carrying out international competitions for research works for young scientists and students in the frame of III Eurasian Economic Youth Forum. This competition called Eurasia Green. The main issues of this competitions are: model of rational wild life management, waste in incomes, clear water of Eurasia. The aim of making green campuses is realized through non smoking activity and popularization of health life style by conducting sports competitions among students and staff. One of the mission of USUE is bringing up new liveable generation which will be socially inclusive. In this frame Union of volunteers of USUE usually carry out actions of gathering toys and clothes for children's homes.

VUZF University

For the period 2012- 2015 we plan to:
- Encourage and support our professors and other lecturers in their research in the field of ecology, sustainable development and social management.
- Collect and to promote among the students, lecturers and the society good practices in sustainable development and socially responsible business practices and models.
- To incorporate subjects like Sustainable development and Sustainable finance in our programs.

International Networks
Amfort (or WAPTT, the World Association for Professional Tourism Training)

Amfort (or WAPTT,the World Association for Professional Tourism Training ) was created at Nice in 1969, as part of the same movement which created WTO. Its aim was » to define, develop, promote and adapt world tourism training to the needs and evolution of the tourism industry. Every second year, its world congress brought together the representatives of the three categories of institution and people that can shape the future of tourism education and training

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) works by bringing international education leaders into dialogue with each other, their counterparts around the world, umbrella organizations that promote international education, and organizations concerned with the shaping and management of higher education. http://www.aieaworld.org


CEEMANis an international management development association established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth in quality of management development in central and eastern Europe. CEEMAN is a global network of management development institutions focusing on the quality of education and innovations within the field, as well as in the broad area of subjects related to change. CEEMAN has more than 200 institutional and individual members from 51 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.Learn more about CEEMAN http://www.ceeman.org


CNRD is an international university network on research and education related to the Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG 7). Currently the network consists of 11 partner universities in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. CNRD is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and managed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Its focal point is Cologne University of Applied Sciences.


EFMD is an international membership organization, based in Brussels, Belgium. With more than 760 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 82 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. EFMD runs the EQUIS, EPAS, CEL & CLIP accreditation systems as well as the Deans Across Frontiers business school mentoring programme (DAF) and is one of the key reference points for management education worldwide. Since its inception EFMD has been pioneering initiatives related to responsible management .


GRLI: The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative is a worldwide partnership of companies and business schools/learning organisations working together in a laboratory of change to develop a next generation of globally responsible leaders. The GRLI engages in thought leadership, advocacy and projects to achieve measurable impact. Founded in 2004 by the European Foundation for Management Development and the UN Global Compact, today it comprises 70 partner (member) organisations who are committed to transforming leadership development. It is a member organization, a foundation, an advanced laboratory and a movement. www.grli.org

MEDIES (Mediteranean Region): Mediteranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability

MEDIES (Mediteranean Region): Mediteranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability aims to support the educational community in its efforts to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), through the successful application of innovative educational programmes in all countries around the Mediterranean basin. http://www.medies.net/main1.asp

ProSPER.Net (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network)

ProSPER.Net (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network)is an alliance of higher education institutions launched in June 2008, formed by leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region. ProSPER.Net was created in recognition of the need to advance and disseminate knowledge and research for sustainable development within a systematic and collaborative platform. By engaging with other members within this framework, opportunities for synergies and collaboration in terms of building upon members' strengths, exchanging good practices and expertise in joint projects are enhanced. Collaborative projects in various fields have been carried out since the network was founded, comprising design and delivery of an e-learning programme on sustainable development practice in public policy, integration of sustainability issues in business school and engineering and built environment curricula, faculty training module and resource materials for sustainability, researchers' school in sustainable development, research on innovative pedagogies applied in regional poverty reduction programmes and alternative university appraisal project, that aims to reflect and create tools for universities' evaluation as regards their activities in ESD.For more information, please visit: www.ias.unu.edu/efsd/prospernet


SENAI has been based on meeting the needs of the industrial production process, with courses and programs for vocational education, aiming at high levels of professional qualification of workers, as well as the formation of creative and enterprising citizens. We reinforce our goal of promoting education for a generation of workers and managers capable of promoting sustainability today and over the long term. Our pedagogical practice will be guided by the goal of forming autonomous learners, who have initiative, pro-activity and ability to solve problems. Thus, educating professionals capable of conducting self-training and improvement as well as the resources and environment sustainability.

The Association of African Universities (AAU)

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is an international non-governmental organisation founded in Rabat, Morocco in November 1967 having its headquarters in Accra, Ghana. The Association draws its membership from all five sub-regions of Africa and operates in three official languages, namely English, French and Arabic. Over the years, membership has grown from an initial 34 to 265 members from 46 African countries. It is accorded observer status by the African Union (AU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations University (UNU). A major development in recent years is that the AAU has been designated the lead implementing agency for the higher education component of the Action Plan for the Second Decade of Education of the African Union.http://www.aau.org

The Association of MBAs

The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Established in 1967, it sets the global standard for accrediting MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. The Association currently accredits MBA provisions in 189 schools in more than 75 countries. It is also a professional membership association connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers. The Association of MBAs is committed to the advancement of responsible management through postgraduate business education. http://www.mbaworld.com

The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)

The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) is the Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration (1990), which has been signed by over 400 college and university presidents and chancellors worldwide. ULSF provides resources and support for sustainability as a critical focus of teaching, research, operations and outreach in higher education through publications, research, and assessment. www.ulsf.org


The COPERNICUS Alliance is a European network of Universities and partners which promotes transformative learning and change for sustainability across the higher education sector. The COPERNICUS Alliance promotes learning through dialogue and exchange opportunities; encourages the development of publications and resources; collects and shares best practice; provides opportunities for collaborative research; and reviews assessment tools to assist organisations in their journeys towards sustainability.

The International Association of Universities (IAU)

The International Association of Universities (IAU), founded in 1950, is a UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. The Association brings together HEIs and higher education organizations and associations from some 120 countries from around the world for reflection and action on common concerns. Its services are available on a priority basis to Members but also to organizations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students. The three overarching clusters the Association works on are: I. Internationalisation, globalisation, cross-border higher education, and intercultural learning and dialogue; II. Access to higher education, including growing demand for enrolment and decreased funding, use of ICTs, distance education and the opportunities brought on by innovations such as the Open Content movement; III. Higher education and society (including higher education for sustainable development, the role of higher education in meeting the UN Education for All programme goals, etc.). www.iau-aiu.net


UNITWIN: The University Twinning and Networking Programme, established in 1992, seeks to advance research, training and programme development in all of UNESCO's fields of competence by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through the transfer of knowledge across borders. http://www.unesco.org/en/unitwin/university-twinning-and-networking/

World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB)

World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB): WBSCSB is a sustainability think-tank and platform of action for business schools to contribute making business sustainable through their research, education and engagement. Founded at the 2010 annual conference of the Academy of Management in Montreal, a small group of concerned deans and professors took a first step to create the World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB). Core areas of activities include: leading research addressing pressing sustainability issues and education embracing sustainability as a function of business. www.wbscsb.com

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The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) for Rio+20 was initiated in 2012 by a group of UN partners (the Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, UN DESA, UNEP, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and UNU) as an unprompted initiative for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the run-up to the Rio+20 Conference. Since HEIs educate current and future decision makers, they play a key role in building more sustainable societies and creating new paradigms. As educational institutions, they have the mission to promote development through both research and teaching, disseminating new knowledge and insight to their students and building their capabilities. Given the objectives of Rio+20, HESI has a special responsibility to provide leadership on education for sustainable development. Since the inception of the HESI initiative it has been driven by all HESI partner organizations with special input from Global Compact and PRME signatory HEIs, in particular Kedge Business School (former Euromed Marseille School of Management), which has made significant contributions in the organization of this initiative.

Review of progress to date

A total of 272 organizations in 47 countries have made commitments to the HESI as of June 2013. These commitments represent organizations from a diverse range of countries including both public and private HEIs from all six UN regions. Many of these organizations are also affiliated to other UN initiatives, such as the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) and around two-thirds of the organizations are signatories to the UN Global Compact or PRME. Commitments by the HEIs generally include a commitment to reporting in order to provide transparency to the implementation of the particular sustainable development commitment. Many institutions have also committed to plans for sustainable development in specific areas, e.g. the ESADE Foundation has committed to implement a strategic CSR plan from 2011-2014 that minimizes the carbon footprint on campus, while Cairo University has committed to include environmental studies in the curricula of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, amongst others.

Opportunities and challenges

Since HESI was established as an ad hoc initiative by several UN organizations and external stakeholders, this action network relies on a more informal organizational structure, typical of a network of stakeholders rather than a top-bottom organization. Therefore, although the organizational capacity to implement the network goals is rather limited and thus a bit challenging, it can also be seen as a strength. HESI partners are able to leverage the existing capacities in the individual partner entities. In this regard, the action network has been able to attract many commitments through their own network of partners and signatories and is able to draw on existing reporting structures for these commitments. For example, commitments made by PRME signatories can use their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports to the PRME initiative as a way to deliver on their commitments. Reporting systems already in place therefore ease and strengthen the accountability of the action network. This includes the input solicited from stakeholders and actors for the final report on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which UNESCO is preparing for publication in 2014. Another tangible example of progress in support of HESI commitments was the launch of a Platform for Sustainable Performance in Education on the margins of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2013. The Platform includes an array of sustainability assessment tools to support HEIs in adopting strategic approaches to implement and monitor their sustainability commitments.

Next Steps

Looking ahead, the HESI partners are planning, with strong support from UNU and UN DESA's regional office in Nagoya, Japan, a follow-up meeting for the action network prior to the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, which will be taking place from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. Marking the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the conference will celebrate the achievements and review the initiatives that have been taking place throughout the Decade. The conference therefore offers a good occasion for HESI to review the commitments and set new goals and strategic partnerships, as required. Alignment will be sought between HESI activities and follow-up activities to the UN Decade, highlighting the key and urgent role of higher education for sustainable development
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