Universities share sustainability skills at World Economic Forum

At the 2015 World Economic Forum, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in collaboration with the Global University Leader Forum (GULF) shared exemplary campus sustainability case studies provided by 25 of the world’s leading universities.  This state-of-the-art report is focused on educating future leaders by full immersion in a “living laboratory” environment for sustainability.

Image copyright: International Sustainable Campus Initiative (ISCN)

Image copyright: International Sustainable Campus Initiative (ISCN)

In addition to best practice cases from leading schools, Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), provided a foreword that encourages the dialogue between universities and corporations on developing sustainability skills needed by future business leaders. 

UCT’s Department of Information Systems was featured in the report – Developing Skills for Future Leaders – for incorporating Carbon Footprinting of the campus into its curriculum.

Prof Kevin Johnson head of the Department of Information Systems said: “This innovation to the curriculum not only highlights the dynamism of our Department, a leader on the global stage, but also embeds UCT’s environmental reporting in a sustainable way as endless generations of new students will have the opportunity to engage with this project. The INF3011F course that Professor Elsje Scott and Gwamaka Mwalemba run is a unique collaboration with one of our top Green IS researchers, Carolyn McGibbon, so it combines the synergies of administrative, educational and research resources. Thanks are also due to our sustainability co-ordinator, Sandra Rippon for her passion and to the executive director of Properties and Services, Andre Theys, for his vision in allowing students access to environmental data”.

The ISCN provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

Five years ago, the ISCN partnered with GULF, bringing together the heads of 26 top global universities, to develop the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter.  Organized into 3 core principles, the Charter requires a commitment at the highest level of the institution, and includes annual reporting on sustainability goals, initiatives, and performance. To date, presidents of more than 65 schools have endorsed the Charter.

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