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Angelo Riccaboni: Integrated Sustainable Academia


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Angelo Riccaboni: Integrated Sustainable Academia

  1. 1. Angelo Riccaboni Rector, University of Siena, Italy Chair, Regional SDSN for Mediterranean Chair, International Association of Universities WG on HESD Integrated Sustainable Academia! Research, Teaching and Facilities at the University of Siena! ! ISCN Int'l Conference – June 3, 2014 – Cambridge, MA, USA
  2. 2. 1.  Strategic development plan 2.  Holistic perspective in developing research projects 3.  Innovative teaching methods 4.  Behavior change in final users (students and staff) 5.  New cross-cutting opportunities 2! How do we achieve integration in sustainability?!
  3. 3. 3! 1.  Strategic Development Plan UNISI 2013-15 ! Internationalization! Strategic Vision! Student Services! Occupability!Sustainability!
  4. 4. •  A territory unanimously considered an example of good governance and desirable interaction between man and nature •  A community with unique social values and traditions •  A University among the ten most ancient universities in the world and a point of reference in the international debate on sustainable development 4! Why Siena?!
  5. 5. 6! 2. Holistic Research Development! Ne.S.S.O. (Siena Sustainability Network) is an interdisciplinary group promoting joint reesearch projects and operating solutions Departments, research centers, individual scholars (geographers, biologists, geologists, chemists, engineers, physicians, jurists, economists, social scientists and transport experts) and administrative offices!
  6. 6. 11! The University supervised Siena Carbon Free, a project making the Province of Siena the largest area in Europe with a zero emissions balance by 2015. The goal was achieved in 2013. !!
  7. 7. 9! 3. Innovation in Teaching ! •  Sustainability course •  Elective class held at the Department of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability •  Facilitating the exchange of teaching and research from an integrated perspective, including biology, energy, global changes, ecology, waste management, green economy, globalization… •  To train students, educators and participants in general to think in sustainability terms. sostenibilita!
  8. 8. 10! • independent, neutral • focus on ecology, biodiversity and sustainability • interdisciplinary approach, combining scientific and academic aspects with the importance of individual habits • participated in the consultation process on Action Agenda for Sustainable Development (June 2013)
  9. 9. 12! 4. Changing behaviors: our facilities! Working Group UniD.E.A. Shaping behaviors that are sustainable environmentally, economically and socially • Water fountain: target by 2014 is to bring down the consumption of plastic water bottles by 150.000 units/2200 users/75.000 liters • Waste recycling: project “Colora i rifiuti” based on agreement with local waste management agency • Glass/multi-material: 1827 cubic meters yearly • Paper: 2270 cubic meters yearly
  10. 10. 7! Research and teaching to enhance partnership, prosperity and SD among Mediterranean countries Euro-Mediterranean initiative PRIMA Partnership in Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, under Article 185 B. SDGs Regional SDSNetwork for the Mediterranean - MED Solutions 5. New cross-cutting opportunities A. Scientific Diplomacy!
  11. 11. 11! •  PRIMA (mini-framework program) • Co-financed, co-designed and co-owned partnership on research and innovation for the Euro-Mediterranean Area on food systems and water resources, aiming at avoiding: •  Fragmentation •  Duplication of efforts •  Proposal to be submitted to European Commission by the end of 2014 ! in research and innovation!
  12. 12. 9! SDSN MED Solutions (UN SDSN) is a network of universities, research centers and businesses interested in identifying and promoting SDS in the Mediterranean Region • The University of Siena coordinates the first regional center with 25 MED partners • Facilitating the identification of SDGs and the post-2015 agenda • 2nd Siena Conference 5-6 March 2015!
  13. 13. PlasticBusters: 2013-14 in the Pelagos Sanctuary and in the Adriatic Sea! DIRECT MONITORING OF MACRO- AND MICRO- DEBRIS IN THE PELAGOS SANCTUARY AND IN THE ADRIATIC SEA! 25 - 30 September 2013 Pelagos Sanctuary, 24 - 31 May 2014, Adriatic Sea! Amerigo Vespucci Italian Navy! Mediterranea Mediterranean Expedition!
  14. 14. Thank you for your attention! The role of NETWORKS 2015 Med Solutions Conference, March 4 and 5, on Food Systems and Water Resources IAU International Conference, 28-30 October 2015, Siena, Italy