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  • Linda Tight-nit, diverse community of international students Advantages: bring together different backgrounds and experiences Challenges: intercultural communication Opportunity for world-wide impact of sustainable education ‘ Change Agents’ >Newly founded Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Linda 1991 - CEU was founded   1992 - CEU became a member of  Hungarian Business Leader ’ s Forum :  CEU Business School was founding member of HBLF; HBLF is an association and representative body of local business executives, local representatives of international joint ventures and other influential business people in Hungary and is committed to promote responsible business practices that benefit business and society, and which help to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development in Hungary.  1994 - CEU signed  the  Copernicus Charter : The  University Charter for Sustainable Development  is an instrument created by Copernicus, an inter-university co-operation programme on the environment, established by the Association of European Universities (CRE). The Charter expresses a collective commitment on behalf of a large number of universities. It represents an effort to mobilize the resources of institutions of higher education to further concept and objective or sustainable development. The Charter was introduced and presented to the CRE bi-annual conference in Barcelona, in the autumn of 1993. Two years later, the document has been endorsed by the personal signature of the rectors of no less than 213 universities in Europe.   1999 - Human Rights Initiative (HRSI)  was founded: The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) is an awareness raising and capacity building organization based at Central European University (CEU). It was founded in 1999 by the students of the CEU Legal Studies Human Rights Program. HRSI's mission is to promote social engagement through awareness raising and capacity building. Our main target groups are CEU students and alumni, local and regional students, NGO staff and activists as well as local and regional NGOs.   2008 - Sustainable Development Policy approved by CEU Senate   - CREO (Campus Redevelopment Office) was founded: CREOs task is the coordination of infrastructure redevelopment at CEU - CSAC (CEU Sustainability Advisory Committee) was founded:  advises on strategy and actions towards the achievement of the CEU Sustainable Development Policy and fulfillment of CEU’s commitments as a signatory to the University Charter for Sustainable Development (COPERNICUS). - SCI founded by the students of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
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  • Linda CEU has the ability and therefore the responsibility to advance best practices
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  • Sarah Sustainability Office: Proposed in Tamara ’ s proposal for CEU Has been an effective strategy for many universities – Two things arise from this: showing the school is dedicated, and by having someone committed to this portfolio specifically, allowing the potential for real action to be realized in pursuit of sustainability goals Examples: U of Guelph Sustainability Office which runs campus programs such as recycling, energy and transport. University of Luxembourg – Sustainable Development Group Has members from all faculties, administration of the University, office for Infrastructure and Logistics Considers: environmental impact, social cohesion, planning inputs, integration into teaching and learning Szent István University of Gödöllő – Climate Office which has status akin to that of faculty (outside – represents the university) Gives them a degree of autonomy, can tender etc. Financially beneficial for the university – enter into agreements with private coroporations In all these examples, the Office was started after a series of various student/faculty initiatives (often disconnected) which were then consolidated into an official group. It is important the such an office has official standing at the university: autonomy and legitimacy Such an office/officer can help ensure all goals in an SD portfolio are achieved – also allows for innovation etc University of Leuphana (Germany) – school wanted EMAS and appointed an Environmental Coordinator Coursework integration: Targeting students of all disciplines For all majors E.g. the business school new head – told us that he wants to start up a ‘ clean tech ’ course CEU can be a forerunner in mainstreaming sustainability into all disciplines CEU Business School ‘ clean tech’ University of Luxembourg transdisciplinary courses, e.g. proposed new courses on “ global environmental change and what can be done about it ” and “ corporate social responsibility ” , co-lectured by teachers from different faculties Education options/outreach An option to obtain a minor, certificate or diploma in Sustainable Development (University of Luxembourg) Climate round table with experts (Szent István University of Gödöllő) Special learning centers, e.g. EcoHouse Living Learning Centre (University of Guelph)
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  • Logan University Purchasing: Cleaning products and chemicals Paper products Electronic devices Lavatory and restaurant appliances Dining facility evaluation Transportation FairAir Green Travel Program enables students, faculty and staff to offset their flight’s carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy sources. Local travel planning for student and academic staff “ Travel planning for business” service Non-travel principle – employees are encouraged to replace travelling by telephone, video or web-based meeting where possible Free bicycle service, bicycle sharing FairAir Green Travel Program (University of Guelph) Opportunities for interaction for students with businesses - ‘business breakfasts’ (Szent István University of Gödöllő, Hungary) Recruiting students to work on environmental campaigns e.g. 10.10.10 (Szent István University of Gödöllő) Student purchasing options: Establish relationships and incentive programs for students at local businesses Free marketplace, end of year/mid semester move out swap and donation of appliances
  • Logan Green Dining Includes: Waste reduction: Composting, Food Donation (to food banks and farmers), No Disposables, Waste separation, Portion control policy (tray elimination), Incentive programs Energy Efficiency: Energy Star/ Energy Labeling Up to date Freezers, Refrigerators, Cooking and Washing devices Water Use Reduction: Tray elimination, Maintenance, Upkeep Green Menus: How is food purchased and served? Vegetarian options, local and/or organic options Product sourcing: Encourage Fair trade products, Eco-friendly cleaning supplies and chemicals Establish Relationships: With local producers, farmers, and green market vendors Waste Reduction is a major facet of green dining. Waste reduction practices include: avoiding food waste, eliminating disposable plates, cups and silverware, initiating food donation programs (to both food banks and farmers), portion control through policy and elimination of trays, and establishing discount incentive programs to encourage reusable utensils (ex bring your own coffee cup), smart purchasing to minimize food waste/deterioration and excess packaging
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  • Lisa We forgot what we had here…..HELP Big, one time donors as well as alumni Long-term plans and strategies Determine funding sources Durable, non-toxic, local materials when possible Incorporate energy and water efficiency into building design Maximize natural lighting Green roofs Two-flush toilets Solar panels
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  • Lisa How was this organized? Dormitory of the University of Georgia houses 555 students: Healthy, eco-friendly furnishings Environmentally-friendly Cool Carpet TM   Energy-wise building surfaces including windows and shingles Use of treated graywater (recycled water from showers, sinks and washing machines) for flushing toilets Bioretention systems located near the building to filter pollutants from and treat stormwater runoff A rainwater catchment system for water recycling Drought-tolerant landscaping How was this organized? Cornell University, the Alice H. Cook dormitory Green Roofs: Plants and grasses are grown on the roof to maximize space, provide insulation, reduce water run-off, and reduce renovation costs by protecting the building from the effects of weather. Stormwater Management: Stormwater runoff was controlled during the work to prevent sediment loss to the storm sewer.
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  • Natasha Finance pay-off in the long-term + environmental bonus = increase in annual funds energy efficiency as the key-message for fund-raising Student involvement What are their needs, what are their ideas regarding the goals Hands-on work: e.g. Students help to seal the buildings Benefit for PR: “day of the open university” for the public
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  • Best Practices Presentation for CREO

    1. 1. Sustainable Campus Initiative Best Practices and CEU Applications Central European University 2011 January Lea, Peter, Tom, Logan, Sarah, Lisa, Linda, Natasha, Nataliia, Mauricio
    2. 2. <ul><li>SCI ’ s aim is to institutionalize and implement a sustainable development strategy at CEU on a long term basis, involving students, faculty and staff members.  </li></ul>
    3. 3. About CEU <ul><li>Large turnover of students and faculty members from all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Tight-nit, diverse community of international students </li></ul><ul><li>CEU aspires a to be a model of excellence and leadership in the region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable practices are a crucial component of achieving this </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CEU lags behind </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today, CEU has a window of opportunity with CREO & SCI </li></ul>
    4. 4. Progress at CEU <ul><li>1994 – CEU signs the Copernicus Charter </li></ul><ul><li>1999 – Human Rights Initiative founded </li></ul><ul><li>2008 – Sustainable Development Policy adopted by CEU Senate </li></ul><ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Redevelopment Office (CREO) founded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CEU Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC) founded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) founded </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Copernicus: Our Commitment <ul><li>Educate and foster environmental literacy, environmental ethics and responsible citizenship for all. </li></ul><ul><li>Set an example to society by practicing ‘Institutional Ecology.’ </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize the university’s resources to adress the need for SD. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate using interdisciplinary approaches on curricula, research initiatives, campus operations and outreach; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Locally, Nationally, Globally. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. The Why <ul><li>Our commitment to this agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Decade of Sustainable Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are in the 6 th year of this decade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Business case for sustainable development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These investments PAY OFF </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our responsibility as an institution of higher education </li></ul>
    7. 7. Case Studies University of Sheffield University of Óbuda University of Macedonia University of Gödöllö University of Gothenborg Leuphana University University of Luxembourg University of Guelph, Canada Harvard, USA Duke University, USA Cornell University, USA University of Georgia, USA
    8. 8. Organization
    9. 9. Organization <ul><li>Key: dedication, action </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Officer/Office </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students teaching students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education for the Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental Management Systems </li></ul>
    10. 10. Processes
    11. 11. Processes & Activities <ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Environmentally friendly purchases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stationary, printing, copies (e.g. Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Sustainability Week ” activities (University of Guelph) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green cinema series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transportation (University of Gothenburg) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of a CEU Bike Swap/Rental program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperation with local Business/Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Item sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange activities, Community Closet </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Case study: Duke University, North Carolina, U.S.A <ul><li>Creation of ad hoc “ Green Dining Committee ” made of students, faculty, staff and community </li></ul><ul><li>Conducted dining facility inventory, outlines successes and failures; obtained current environmental impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Ingredients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solid Waste </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical Use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Consumption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extended local food sourcing relationships, establish green menu options, marketed changes to students </li></ul><ul><li>Initiated waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency and earth friendly kitchen chemical programs </li></ul>
    13. 13. Infrastructure
    14. 14. Infrastructure <ul><li>Building </li></ul><ul><li>Green roofs </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Appliances, Lighting, Efficiency </li></ul>
    15. 15. Green Roofs Source:
    16. 16. Continued operations <ul><li>Higher initial investments, but long-term payoff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photovoltaic cells, heat pumps, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consult experts when necessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification schemes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good selling point </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction of private sector </li></ul></ul>Source:
    17. 17. Examples of dormitory adaptations Cornell University University of Georgia
    18. 18. Applications to CEU
    19. 19. Applications to CEU <ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchy of goals: resource optimization > practicality > good looks </li></ul><ul><li>Long term planning </li></ul><ul><li>External experts </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Involvement </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Applications to CEU <ul><li>Organization/Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Central organizational unit (“Sustainability Office” ) tasks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>coming up with projects/ coordination of projects, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public relations (including sustainability reporting) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Management System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting up/ enforcing rules for contractors of CEU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary effort of staff and students/ internships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website to pass on knowledge about initiatives </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Applications to CEU <ul><li>Organization/Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary involvement in projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career options (at CEU) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top-Bottom regulation - link between subsequent years of students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promotion of work-study: Involvement of students in assessment / implementation (interdisciplinary approach) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowerment of students by teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of topics into thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Department: Offering follow-up projects throughout the years </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. THREE PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE CEU CEU STUDENTS’ INITIATIVE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NOW Periodic, limited to EnvSci dep. Low level of support Limited to EnvSci dep. FUTURE Continues - based on Sustainable Campus Initiative development Sustainability Officer -totally committed to sustainability and independent <ul><li>Sustainability Research and Education Group: </li></ul><ul><li>integrate faculty from the other departments to work on SD </li></ul><ul><li>introduce SD curriculum to other departments </li></ul>NEEDS Special fund to support initiatives Not to combine sustainability officer functions with health and safety Administrative and faculty interests
    23. 23. <ul><li>Central European University was established to prepare Leaders for Open Societies. Today, problem of unSustainable Development become more important than problem of openness of states. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Initiative together with support of the Administration and interest of the Faculty can create the environment for Leaders of the Future, who come to the CEU from all over the world: Western countries, former Soviet Union, Eastern States. Learn how to be sustainable, contribute to the sustainability of CEU then come to their countries and make them sustainable. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Summary <ul><li>We have a great window of opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The changes we implement now will benefit us in the long-term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We are starting a process, creating a foundation that can be built upon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuity is essential. It is the responsibility of the entire CEU community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable development is not just an issue for environmentalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our responsibility as an institution of higher education </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Further Processes <ul><li>January – April 2011: </li></ul><ul><li>Group work on Communication Strategy in Environmental Politics, taught by Tamara Steger </li></ul><ul><li>Group work on “Book of Ideas” in Environmental Assessment & Planning, taught by Aleh Cherp </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>March 2011: </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Communication Strategy: Website, Video to assess environmental awareness of CEU members, Poster </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Book of Ideas to the CREO </li></ul>
    26. 26. Thank you for your Attention
    27. 27. Pillars of a Sustainable University Student Initiative Administrative Support Research & Education CEU Today Periodic, limited to EnvSci None Limited to EnvSci CEU’s Future Continuity moving forward with Aleh and Tamara for reference and support Champions for sustainability (Self-perpetuating sustainability) Sustainability Officer Focused completely on Sustainability and independent from other administrative bodies CEU Sustainability Research and Education Group Introduce SD issue in other departments curriculum Integrate faculty from other departments to work together on sustainability issues What Needs to Happen Special fund to support individual initiatives Cannot combine sustainability officer functions with health and safety (as was proposed!) Administrative and Faculty interests.