• Submitted by: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Primary SD area: Education
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  • Location: at colleges and universities in all regions
  • Date of completion: 30 Jun 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative

Organization(s) making commitment

Institutions of higher education around the world, with support from UN Academic Impact, UNEP, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, UN-PRME and UNU.

Achievement of Commitment

Higher education institution signatories commit to:
1) Teach sustainable development concepts, ensuring that they form a part of the core curriculum across all disciplines.
2) Encourage research on sustainable development issues, to improve scientific understanding through exchanges of scientific and technological knowledge.
3) Green their campuses by: i) reducing the environmental footprint; ii) adopting sustainable procurement practices; iii) providing sustainable mobility options for students and faculty; iv) adopting effective programmes for waste minimization, recycling and reuse, and v) encouraging more sustainable lifestyles.
4) Support sustainability efforts in the communities in which they reside.

How this will be achieved

The commitments made by the university presidents, chancellors and deans, who are signatories to this initiative, will be achieved through the implementation of the sustainability strategies and implementation plans at their respective institutions of higher education. Implementation will be monitored through reporting to the various higher education networks of UN Academic Impact, UNEP, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, UN-PRME and UNU.

Deliverable Date
Sustainability programs of many cities and towns enhanced through cooperation with technical expertise at local universities. 1 Jun 2015
Numerous technological innovations shared with academic and scientific institutions around the world for knowledge sharing, and new partnerships formed with private sector for commercialization and diffusion of new technologies 1 Jun 2015
Hundreds of university campuses with resource efficient buildings, sustainable transport options, and green supply chains 1 Jun 2015
Thousands of university students across multiple disciplines with knowledge of sustainability concepts that can be applied in the marketplace and in living more sustainable lifestyles 1 Jun 2015

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Technical expertise for development of curricula, for engineering studies and upgrading of campus facilities, for procurement of sustainable products and services, for scientific research and development, and for collaboration with local authorities and c
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