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Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Michele Bugliesi, Rector,

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  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Michele Bugliesi- Rector

Description/achievement of initiative

All the targets are pursued with transversal projects, through specific action plans in the short and mid-term.

CIS for 2012-2014 is committed to achieve targets in the ten areas listed below:

1. Governance

To promote the sustainability policy through the University, to put it permanently in the top management agenda and to boost its diffusion in the daily decisional process. To spread the culture of accountability and the value system of the University.

2. Students’ Policies

To increase the students’ satisfaction, especially supporting the right to education and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the services granted. More, to sustain the involvement and the participation of the students on the sustainability themes, through specific initiatives like prizes/fellowships on thematic thesis, promoting new set up of students’ associations and so on.

3. Human Resources’ Policies

To promote the staff welfare and the taking on responsibilities, going from a duty culture to a fulfilment culture through specific actions of development and the review of planning and evaluation of the performances system. Particularly important are themes like health, family and safety on work places. For instance, the spread of telecommuting should positively impact on the environmental aspect thanks to the reduction of the mobility need, and on social aspect by sustaining maternity in the closing period of nursery and primary schools or favouring the personnel with family problems.

4. Supply Chain

In order to create a Sustainable Public Procurement system it will be necessary to introduce “social and environmental” criteria of selection for the choice of the suppliers.

5. Energy

In order to achieve the strategic target of improving the energy efficiency it will be started an operative plan to manage the energy consumption and developing in the long-time an incentive plan dedicated to the “enthusiast offices”. For instance, the University should include in the contract services call not only cost effective clauses but also parameters related to innovation. All these actions must be accompanied by awareness campaigns oriented to the personnel and the students in order to avoid waste and to maximize the effort.

6. Water

Like the energy theme it is primary to promote awareness campaigns to avoid waste of this precious natural resource and support the operative actions dedicated to water use reduction.

7. Materials

To safeguard the environment it is important, for an organization like the University is, to think about solutions linked to digitisation and dematerialisation. Where not possible to avoid the use of “traditional” materials, it is proposed to set up green procurement behaviours (e.g. ecological paper, eco-friendly items for the teaching and research acts…) touching, in this way, the waste management system too. With the intent that maximizing the results of the procurement actions they must be combined with the digitisation of the processes to achieve organizational and social changes.

8. Waste

Considering the several kinds of waste produced by the University activities it is proposed to accelerate the reduction of waste production, to start up a separate collection of rubbish in all the University buildings, to boost recycling and reuse of waste, even through external subjects involvement leading to a social impact beyond the environmental one.

9. Mobility

To reduce the environmental impact, some actions must be undertaken on the mobility of staff and students realizing a mobility plan. It must be developed caring of the other players’ plan and needs (the region, the local mobility companies, private car owners…) in order to achieve a common and effective result. More, it should be taken in consideration the possibility of offsetting in some way the CO2 produced by the University staff and students mobility.

10. Innovation

As a University, it is binding to invest on research related to economical, social and environmental sustainability, for example empowering the support to investments on these themes according to the strategic plan targets.

Implementation methodologies

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 projects, through specific action plans in the short and mid-term.


Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Deliverable Date
CIS (Commitments on Sustainability Act) 2014
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development

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