Description/achievement of initiative
Signature of the Declaration executing the adhesion of USC implies the following commitments:1. Commitment to current or future actionUSC 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 progressUSC 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 Development3. Commitment to target datesUSC 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 partnersUSC 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).
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
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
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