Tag: environmental sustainability

Traineeship at UNICA – Green Academic Footprint

UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) Secretariat, based in Brussels, is seeking for a trainee to work with the UNICA team on the “Green Academic Footprint” initiative.’

Main tasks: supporting the UNICA Working Group in the development of the Green Academic Footprint initiative, updating the Group’s web page, web-based research & collecting information on EC programmes& initiatives relevant for the Group, attending and reporting on the Brussels-based meetings, seminars and conferences related to the environmental field, contribution to drafting the Group’s documents and publications.

The expected candidate should have a keen interest in environmental issues, have good language proficiency, and amongst else be open, flexible, able to prioritize tasks and work under deadlines.

Candidates should be available to start in September/October. Please note that this is a trainee position which means that it is not paid. However, the trainees receive a small monthly reimbursement of expenses and a monthly public transportation pass.

Download more information as a pdf here





Call for Papers: UNESCO conference on sustainable development in HE

The UNESCO chair ‘Sustainable Development in Higher Education is arranging its 4th International Conference, this time themed “Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Moving the Agenda Forward“. The conference takes place on 14-16 September 2011 at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany. The conference is arranged around three key thematic areas:

  • Management Education for Sustainable Development,
  • Sustainable Consumption in Higher Education Institutions, and
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe.

Important deadlines:

  • Submissions are accepted until 30 June 2011
  • Accepted papers are announced on 11 July 2011
  • Deadline for presenter registration: 1 August 2011

Presenters of a paper are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words for a 15-minute presentation. For those interested in displaying a poster, please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words. Download the call for papers as a pdf file here.

You can find more detailed information about the conference on the conference website.




Podcast on “Universities and Environmental Sustainability”

Arjen Wals

Professor Arjen Wals

The University of Oslo hosted the first workshop on UNICA Green Academic FootprintUniversities Committed and Connected towards Environmental Sustainability on 3rd and 4th of May 2011.  Hedda guest blogger Maryam Faghihimani who participated in the workshop, recorded this session entitled “Universities and Environmental Sustainability”, presented by Arjen Wals who is a Professor of Social Learning and Sustainable Development at Wageningen University and UNESCO Chair in the same field.


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Presentation slides (pdf)

UNICA is a network of 43 universities from the capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe.




COPERNICUS – new environmental policy at UiO

The Hedda blog would like to congratulate the University of Oslo for putting more focus on environmental issues: the decades long passive COPERNICUS signatory status is now finally incorporated into actual policy. However, introducing a new policy is only the first step in the process, and we hope that this new policy will result in concrete action as well. Hedda guest blogger Maryam Faghihimani has written a brief introduction of the initiative.

The CRE COPERNICUS Charter for Sustainable Development was introduced by the Co-operation Program in Europe for Research on Nature and Industry through Coordinated University Studies (COPERNICUS), an organization established by the Association of European Universities (CRE)* in 1988. It was a follow-up on previous sustainability declarations and the UN Agenda 21 to further the efforts of universities with regards to sustainability. The Charter was presented to over 500 universities in 38 countries. By 1994, 213 European universities’ rectors had signed the Charter and the number increased to 328 in 2006.

University of Oslo has been among signatories of the Charter for some time now, however, it was only in 2011 it was taken into consideration when developing university policies. Since the new leadership team has taken the office, sustainability (and in particular environmental sustainability) has been underlined as one of the core agendas of the university. In a progressive move, UiO has set up COPERNICUS Charter as Environmental and Sustainability policy of the University of Oslo.