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Green University Network

In the lead up to the adoption of post 2015 Development Agenda, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have stepped up their efforts on sustainability. This has been seen with the adoption of low carbon strategies, mainstreaming environmental sustainability across the curriculum, and engaging with community and stakeholder at all levels on priority sustainability issues.

UNEPs Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU) through their GUPES flagship programme, has been working with HEIs in developing and implementing national and regional Green University Networks.

A Green University Network is a functional network of higher education institutions that incorporate environment, low carbon-climate resilience development strategies and sustainability aspects in their education, training, campus operations and enhanced student engagement. The networks are envisaged to also develop capacity to assist universities in mainstreaming the Greening Universities Toolkit into their day-to-day functions through: Green Campus development and practices; Curricula Development; Community Engagement; and Student Engagement.

Presently, national and regional Green Campus Networks for Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, West Asia and West Africa are currently being developed through stakeholder consultative processes between UNEP, universities, national environmental and education agencies, among others, with the exception of China, which is operational.

National and Regional Green University Networks

Established in 2011, the China Green University Network, was launched by Tongji University, guided by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the Ministry of Education. There are currently 30 university members.

Kenya Green University Network - Launched on 5 February 2016

Arab States Green University Network - Still being developed (Launch: tbc - 2016)

Stakeholder Consultative Dialogue Report: Download.

Morocco Green University Network - Still being developed

Open Letter to COP21 Ministers and Governments

The collective voice of the worlds universities, colleges and students will be heard at COP21 when the United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place in Paris, France during the first week of December 2015. The Open Letter will urge Ministers and Governments to acknowledge and strengthen the research and education role that universities and colleges play in addressing climate change.

Addressed to COP21 Ministers and Governments, the letter also calls for more specific measures to be taken such as showcasing universities and colleges as living laboratories for climate change adaptation and mitigation, increasing support for trans-disciplinary learning, teaching and research approaches, and using university and college campuses and operations as a leverage agent to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources.
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