University Best Practice Posters and Texts from the 2010 WSES

The following posters and essays concerning best practice projects were published at the 2010 WSES and prepared by the delegates beforehand.

The projects are sorted in the following categories:
Education
Energy and Architecture
Event and Media
Recycling
Transportation

Education

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These projects all summarize student activies around the broader topic education for sustainable development. They focus on teaching students, academic staff and or community members for example how to recycle or how to build houses.

1. University of Yaoundé (Cameroon): "Educating Green Leaders"

At the University of Cameroon this project focuses on behavioural change and educates people about sustainable living.

2. University Federalde Sâo Paulo (Brazil): "Recycling in Brazil"

Students from the University Federalde Sâo Paulo are teaching recycling and environmental behaviour in schools in Brazil.

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3. University of Indonesia (Indonesia): "Environmental Movement: I Think Green"

The University of Indonesia collaborates with a youth community to promote sustainable lifestyle.
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4. University of Victoria Wellington (New Zealand): "Solar House Competition"

At the University of Wellington students participate in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, for which they are involved in designing a house purely using energy of the sun and sustainable materials.
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5. University of Rwanda (Rwanda): "Geosatellite Newspaper"

At the university or Ruwanda a free of charge newspaper is distributed monthly which provides views on current environmental issues such as protected areas, waste and others.
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6. University of Haifa (Israel): "Greening The Campus"

At the University of Haifa students are greening the campus taking a three level approach: academic level, administrative level and community level
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7. University of Tübingen (Germany): "Greening the University"

A student group in Tübingen is greening the university in many aspects.

Energy and Architecture

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Renewable energies are promoted by these universities which integrate them through architecutral design solutions and making their use more efficient.

1. British Columbia Institute of Technology (Canada): "Sustainability @ BCIT"

Renewable Energy solutions, like a power tower, solar canopy and micro grid are strong in design and good for the environment at British Columbia Institute of Technology.

2. Fudan University (China): "Energy Conservation through LED"

At Fudan University LED lamps are designed by students and used through the university building to conserve energy.
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3. TERI University (India): "Sustainable Campus"

Air Conditioners are very energy intensive to run, so the buildings at TERI University are cooled through a new air ventilation system.

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4. Murdoch University (Australia): "Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative"

At Murdoch University photovoltaic panels are used to be a role model in renewable energies for Australia.
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5. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (United Arab Emirates): "A Lesson in Sustainable City Planning and Implementation"

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a unique project to be carbon neutral, the university is a place to live and study in a completely planned new environment.

6. Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)

At the BTH, different projects concerning strategic sustainable development are in place:

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7. Doshisha University (Japan): "Energy Saving Projects"

The Doshisha University is enormously reducing CO2 emissions by fixing air conditioners' temperarure and implementing solar panels and LED lights.

Event and Media

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Events and online media are very effective tools to educate and spread awareness about environmental issues. These university projects use different measures to promote the topics.

1. University of Hokkaido (Japan): "Sustainability Weeks"

An event about Sustainability in Hokkaido involving university students and the public through creative projects and a fair-trade fair.

2. University of Kiel (Germany): "Online Database for Student Course Material"

At the University of Kiel student course material is distributed in a digital format to reduce paper consumption.
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3. University of Victoria (Canada): "First Nations Renewable Energy Symposium"

At the University of Victoria a symposium about renewable energy is held, also involving indigenous communities and government representatives in order to create a connection between academic institutions and communities.
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Recycling

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The following projects focus on general but also very specific recycling and consumption.

1. Uppsala University (Sweden): "Sustainable Printing"

At the University of Uppsala a new common printer system is implemented to equalize printing fares, enable online printing and help decrease the university's usage of paper.
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2. University of Tokyo (Japan): "PC Reuse Project"

PCs and Laptops are recycled and reused at the University of Tokyo through a student's project which hands them to other students in need for free.

3. New York University (USA): "New York Recycling Pilot Project"

A recycling project at New York University aims to increase the amount of trash which is recycled.
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4. Université de Savoie (France): "Sustainable Campus"

Campus project at the Université de Savoie to make their university more sustainable.
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5. University of Ghana (Ghana): "Recycling On Campus"

At the University of Ghana students run a recycling programme by providing different bins.
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6. Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Peru): "Solid Waste On Campus"

At the University of Peru a campaign about solid waste was started which provides recyclable material as a resources to the community.
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7. University of Lausannne (Switzerland): "Eaternity for Lunch"

The University of Lausanne has implemented an organic food waste management system and other projects which deal with energy and material consumption.

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Transportation

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Cycling in general as well as research about EcoCars are the projects of the following universities.

1. University of Victoria (Canada): "EcoCar Challenge"

The University of Vicotria is involved in a research competition about EcoCars.
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2. Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic): "Bike Parking Spot"

In Prague not many people are cycling; this project is promoting cycling though the construction of a bike parking spot at the University.
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3. University of Oslo (Norway): "Move about! Green Driving"

Electric cars of the University of Oslo are made available to staff at the University.
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4. University of Victoria (Canada): "SPOKES Program"

This campus project at the University of Victoria makes bikes available free of charge for students who apply.

5. University of Indonesia (Indonesia): "Cycling Paths on Campus"

At the University of Indonesia special bike paths are built around the campus to encourage cycling.
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6. University of Sâo Paulo (Brazil): "PEDALUSP- A shared bicycle project"

Besides other programs, the University of Sâo Paulo has started a shared bicycle project with distributed bicycle stations for easy check-out.
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