For many decades now, institutions across the world are making several measures to address the challenges of sustainable development and social well being through education, research and outreach. These measures have gained further international prominence as can be seen in the recently concluded Rio+20 and “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) held in Rio, Brazil. It is more evident that a green campus revolution is unfolding in every corner of the world.
Today, more than ever before, institutions have the policy climate, community support and technology innovation to remain at the leading edge of this revolution. It is against this background that the “Green Campus Summit” (GCS-2013) will be organised at Puducherry by the Association for Promoting Sustainability in Campuses and Communities (APSCC). The event is organised under the auspices of the Research and Transfer Centre, Applications of Life Sciences of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Centre for International Business and Sustainability (CIBS), London Met University (UK) and Pondicherry University, India.
Whether setting aggressive goals towards energy/water/food security or rediscovering the value of biodiversity or enacting the region’s first green building code, or launching a pioneering effort to integrate sustainability into the core activities of the institution, this summit will help set the pace to rediscover your organisation with a commitment to foster sustainable development.As the premier campus greening event, the summit will convene more than 300 faculty, staff, administrators, researcher‘s, and student‘s from various institutions in India and across the world. GCS-2013 provides a wonderful opportunity to build new relationships and connect with colleagues from around the world.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS
Delegates attending the “Green Campus Summit 2013” will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas such as :
members of university administrations
project officers and consultants
sustainability leaders from governments, industries and NGO's
other people interested in the field
It will be an historical initiative with a wide range of participants helping to outline the need for integrated approaches towards campus greening and, hence contribute to the further dissemination of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.