This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Signatory/Dean Ji Ning Chen – President
Description/achievement of initiative
Since 1998, Tsinghua University has committed itself to building the "Green University", by disseminating the concept of Sustainable Development, researching science and technology, and building resources saving and environmental friendly campus as demonstration. From 1998 to now, in total 270 different courses related to Sustainable Development have been set up in Tsinghua University, involving more than 20 departments and accepted by tens of thousands of students. Many departments have conducted researches related to Sustainable Development and have won more than 1000 awards of provincial level and above.
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 for us to fulfill the Rio +20 obligations. For more information about the development of Green University in Tsinghua, please visit our website and click http://gu.cic.tsinghua.edu.cn/.
The sustainability projects which we are going to conduct from 2012 to 2015:
– Seting up more courses about Sustainable Development
–Expanding the course system of Sustainable Development by “Course Greening” project, which allows more students to receive the Sustainable Development education
–Establishing “Green Research”fund and involving Sustainable Development concept into scientific projects
–Sharing the education resourses and research achievements of Sustainable Development with the community and city
–Promoting the energy conservation and pollution reduction work in campus, and keeping the gross energy consumption under 78,000 tons of standard coal. Recycling the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
–Being positive in the international communication and cooperation, participanting in projects such as the “Environmental education and training” and sharing the achievements. Organizing international green university building conference more than once.
–Supporting international institution hosted by Tsinghua University to establish and develop international sustainalbe chemicals and waste management platform
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainable practices