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University of Barcelona .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
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  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Jordi Serra Deputy Rector of Sustainability
University of Barcelona

Partner(s)

University of Barcelona

Description/achievement of initiative

The Sustainability Plan is developed with reference to the following guiding principles:
- consolidate the presence of sustainability in education and research;
- integrate environmental and sustainable development component in the management activities;
- to involve the entire university community in the process of institutional sustainability;
- project the principles, values and actions of university sustainability in our social and territorial environment.

Education, Culture and Sports. Government of SpainDuring the last few decades, and especially in recent years, UB has carried out numerous initiatives in line with sustainability, both individually by members of the university community more committed to the environment, and by the institution itself through the governing bodies and administrative units with responsibilities in this area. After creating the Environment Committee in 1996, and a technical unit of environmental management in 1998, sustainable development was incorporated in the Statute, approved by the Senate of the University of Barcelona on May 21st 2003, thus
- proclaiming the orientation of education and research into the culture of peace, social and human progress based on human rights, and respect to the environment and sustainable development;
- establishing a commitment to promote in the curricula subjects relating to the environment and sustainable development;
- defining the responsibilities of departments, faculties, colleges and research institutes in compliance with environmental regulations, and
- creating a Commission to ensure that the University shall respect the criteria of sustainability and environmental protection in all its activities. To this end, the Commission will establish a sustainability action program of the University and will submit to the University Senate an annual report on its implementation.

The Sustainability Plan developed by the Commission combines short-term actions, easy implementation and almost immediate results with long-range actions whose results will be reflected on the long-term. The Sustainability Plan is developed with reference to the following guiding principles:
- consolidate the presence of sustainability in education and research;
- integrate environmental and sustainable development component in the management activities;
- to involve the entire university community in the process of institutional sustainability;
- project the principles, values and actions of university sustainability in our social and territorial environment.
Additionally, these principles are subject to the holistic vision of the university sustainability, which requires facing the integration of environmental component as value decisions of the institution in the social and economic frameworks, and adopt a systemic both in the university activities (education, research and management), and in its interaction with society.

Implementation methodologies

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
5. Energy and natural resources
6. Waste
7. Communication and awareness
8. Cooperation and volunteering
9. Curriculum greening and training in sustainability
10. Research on sustainability

The implementation of the Sustainability Plan is to be carried out by the following bodies and administrative units:
- institutional representative with responsibility in all sustainability related issues (Deputy Rector for Sustainability);
- Sustainability Commission of the University Senate, which is responsible for the preparation of the environmental action program and its monitoring by preparing an annual report;
- technical support office (Office of Safety, Health and Environment);
- all administrative units involved in the implementation of each individual action of the Sustainability Plan.

In addition, the University of Barcelona has established partnerships with various organizations and networks working in the field of sustainability, among which:
- Sectorial Committee of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) for Environmental Quality, Sustainable Development and Health and Safety at universities (CADEP);
- People's Commitment to Sustainability of the Barcelona Agenda 21;
- Network of Universities of the Catalan Strategy for Zero Waste (ECRZ).

For more information:

http://www.ub.edu/ossma/pds.php

http://plasostenibilitat.ub.edu

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
Project the principles, values and actions of university sustainability in our social and territorial environment 2015
Consolidate the presence of sustainability in education and research 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainability
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