We are all students associated with various universities Have you ever wondered how sustainable your universities and campus’ are and what initiatives can be implemented in order for them to become more sustainable? For example, what about making sustainability mandatory as part of the curriculum just as a language course is mandatory? This can promote awareness and could help to create ‘global citizens’.
Also, what are your thoughts on how universities should approach the administration of sustainability? Would a decentralized approach work better where all employees have a sustainability component written into their job description than a centralized approach where senior administrators have the onus of ensuring sustainability practices?
I feel that as higher learning institutions, universities could be an excellent vehicle to promote sustainable practices and educate students who can then take these ideas and practices with them into the business world.
As students who are part of these institutions, we can also play a role on our campuses. Here is an interesting site that gives you ideas on how you can get involved. You can also use the site to see what is going on in terms of sustainability programs at the University of Ottawa and other Canadian universities. http://www.syc-cjs.org/sustainable/tiki-index.php