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ISCN 2015 Pre-Conference Opening


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Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Program Manager, welcomes delegates to the ISCN 2015 Conference hosted by the University of Hong Kong.

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ISCN 2015 Pre-Conference Opening

  2. 2. Goals Provide background on the ISCN’s mission and programs to those new to the “ISCN family” Allow those who have been participating in the ISCN previously to dive deeper into new ideas and examples of sustainability initiatives on campus ISCN 2015
  3. 3. The ISCN… “Founded in 2007, the ISCN is a global forum for leading universities to exchange ideas and best practices for integrating sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching.” ISCN 2015
  4. 4. ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter Shared principles, individual targets (similar UN Global Compact) ISCN 2015 3 shared principles on individual targets that each member school sets against these Accountability by members reporting regularly and publicly on progress Provides a basis for benchmarking Allows for cross-referencing with other frameworks and standards (e.g. GRI, ISO, etc.) Developed and disseminated with the WEF’s Global University Leaders Forum
  5. 5. Guidelines for specific topics under each principle (aligned with GRI, AASHE STARS) Principle 1 Building and their sustainability impacts Principle 2 Campus-wide planning and target setting Principle 3 Integration of research, teaching, facilities, and outreach ISCN 2015 • Resource use (energy, water and materials) • Waste, recycling, and local emissions • Sustainability of current research/IT facilities • Users and accessibility • Building design aspects • Food purchasing • Social inclusion (diversity) and protection • Land use and biodiversity impacts • Institution-wide carbon emissions • Master planning and strategic sustainability plans • Transportation • Coursework integration • Social program integration • Research/education on future sustainable research/IT facilities • Sustainability commitments and resources
  6. 6. Inspiration and formal endorsement  Can be used informally as inspiration in developing campus sustainability programs  Formal endorsement requires signature by President or Vice- Chancellor  Charter endorsement establishes membership of the school in the ISCN For further information, please see and contact our ISCN Secretariat team ISCN 2015