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  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Dijon, France
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Claude Bernhard – Directeur Général
Institut national supérieur des sciences agronomiques, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement

Partner(s)

Institut national supérieur des sciences agronomiques, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement

Description/achievement of initiative

Action plans to be implemented by AgroSup Dijon concern the Climate Plan of the Greater Dijon area and include:
Renovation of AgroSup buildings to achieve substantial energy savings;
Replacement of the old vehicles owned by AgroSup to reduce CO2 emissions;
Training of students and staff to know the best practices related to energy and climate issues;
Identification of existing policy research or transfer at AgroSup Dijon that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or promote renewable energy production.

Implementation methodologies

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 for SD, AgroSup Dijon aims to integrate the 9 European challenges concerning Sustainable Development, in order to help build a development model combining economic growth, social progress, environmental protection and energy conservation.

2. Institutional approach

In order to implement its strategy, AgroSup Dijon, France has decided to name a person who is in charge of Sustainable Development for the whole institution.

This person reports to senior management and is responsible for ensuring the definition of a coherent policy of the institution in this area, the communication of this policy and its effective implementation. His work focuses on integrating Sustainable Development into training curricula and research themes, in conjunction with teachers, researchers and learners. In terms of AgroSup Dijon as an institution, he ensures that Sustainable Development issues are integrated into the decision-making process and purchasing policies.
He is also responsible for the definition and implementation of a “Green Plan” of the institution whose actions include:
Good practices in energy savings;
Waste management;
Transport;
Social responsibility.

He represents the institution for Sustainable Development matters outside of AgroSup Dijon and supports joint actions with partners of the institution.

Other action plans to be implemented by AgroSup Dijon concern the “Climate Plan” of the Greater Dijon area and include:
Renovation of AgroSup buildings to achieve substantial energy savings;
Replacement of the old vehicles owned by AgroSup to reduce CO2 emissions;
Training of students and staff to know the best practices related to energy and climate issues;
Identification of existing policy research or transfer at AgroSup Dijon that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or promote renewable energy production.

The following schedule relates to the implementation of a Sustainable Development approach at AgroSup Dijon:

June 2012 : Constitution of a steering committee. Accompanied by a group of qualified candidates for the development of the functioning of the committee. Using the climate and energy Action Charter of Greater Dijon to test the operation of the device.

September 2012: Prospective study on the Green plan of AgroSup Dijon by the steering committee.

December 2012: Summary of activities undertaken (including those of the Charter) with a collection of indicators. Balancing the operating mode of the device with qualified individuals who will contribute to its development.

January 2013: Communication on the actions carried out in 2012 and development of actions for 2013, validated by the various committees at AgroSup Dijon.

Year 2013: Testing of the device and required adjustments.

January 2014: End of the Action plan for the development of a Sustainable Development approach at AgroSup Dijon.

Once this is undertaken the device will work in a sustainable way.

3. International dimension

AgroSup Dijon is currently the coordinator of an Erasmus Networks project entitled I.S.L.E : « Innovation in the teaching of Sustainable Development in Life sciences in Europe » financed by the Executive Agency in Brussels.

The I.S.L.E network involves 39 partners (HEI's, Research institutes, NGO's and enterprises) from 30 European countries interested in introducing the concept of Sustainable Development in their curricula and institutions having had experience in this area and who are willing to transmit their know-how on this subject.
In order to implement the concept of Sustainable Development in Higher Education programs, the total implication of Management and Faculty members is necessary including : changes to general organisation, to course content, to individual and collective behaviours, creation of new pedagogical tools, transversal approach, consultation and partnership with the civil society ….
The existence of such a network dedicated to the development and dissemination of progress on these issues was therefore essential.
I.S.L.E aims to provide the means to go beyond expectations and truly collect and build specific tools (State of the Art in the teaching of SD, a “Good practices” compendium, experimentation on innovation), and devices (diagnostic grids and quality labelling) for concrete action and to instil a pragmatic approach on a subject that is often seen as volatile and indefinable.

http://www.isle-project.eu

SD and research:

AgroSup Dijon has a research activity which is recognized and labeled at a national level. In terms of research activities related to SD, Dijon AgroSup now seeks participation in international research programs on this subject. In particular, on the theme of renewable energy and emission control greenhouse gasses. The institution also seeks to participate in international research programs on the theme of innovation in education on topics such as renewable energy, reducing energy consumption in the agricultural sector and emission control of greenhouse gasses. An inventory of established collaborations will be carried out as part of the SD steering committee tasks.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
Erasmus Networks project entitled I.S.L.E : « Innovation in the teaching of Sustainable Development in Life sciences in Europe » 2015
Climate Plan of the Greater Dijon area 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainable practices
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