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University of Santiago de Compostela .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Information
  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Juan Jose Casares Long – Rector
University of Santiago de Compostela

Partner(s)

University of Santiago de Compostela

Description/achievement of initiative

Signature of the Declaration executing the adhesion of USC implies the following commitments:

1. Commitment to current or future action

USC undertakes to pursue the following actions in the indicated areas.

- Sustainable development training: To create a training programme for environmental volunteers that will appear in their academic record.

- Encouragement of research on sustainable development issues: To identify research avenues applicable to university sustainability and provide direct funding for individual projects of significance.

- The sustainable campus: To pursue actions to reduce the environmental footprint through programmes to promote sustainable mobility, the reduction of natural resources consumption, improved waste management, and more sustainable lifestyles.

- Support for the sustainability efforts of local communities: To foster relations with community sector associations and local authorities in the pursuit of joint actions for sustainability.

- Sharing with international frameworks: USC is integrated in international networks supporting principles of sustainable development such as the Global Compact. USC remains committed to ensuring compliance with the ten principles promulgated by the United Nations in this Compact.

2. Commitment to transparency through annual reporting on progress

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

3. Commitment to target dates

USC has approved sustainability plans through or in the form of:

- The Sustainable Development Plan, that is updated every four years with specified objectives, actions, persons responsible for implementa¬tion, and evaluation indices.

- The International Campus of Excellence Campus Vida, the foundational project of which specifies environmental-sustainability-related objectives for 2009-2014 with special emphasis on social involvement and relations with local communities.

4. Commitment of key resources and by partners

USC pursues sustainability through the following internal units and partnerships:

- The Office of Sustainable Development, a section of the Vicerectorate for Social Responsibility and Quality.

- The Participation and University Integration Service, a section of the Vicerectorate for Students, Culture and Continuing Education.

- The Energy and Sustainability in USC Unit, a section of the Vicerectorate for Economic Affairs and Infrastructures.

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

Implementation methodologies

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

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
The Rector's Report 2015
The Memorandum of Social Responsibility 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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