Who:

University of Lausanne (UNIL), founded in 1537
7 Faculties – 12,400 students, 3,100 staff

Context:

Escale Durable (formerly Campus Plus Mid-days) is a series of brief and dynamic meetings in the form of guided walks or presentations that aim to focus the minds of the University community on questions of sustainability.

Description:

Every semester, six to eight meetings are organised by a working group based on a central theme. Escale Durable meetings adopt different formats, i.e.:
• The quarter hour (15-minute presentation + 10-minute question and answer session)
• The walk (5 minutes introduction to the subject + 35-minute guided walk)
• The tribune (45-minute talk + 20-minute question and answer session).

Escale durable meetings are varied, with speakers (staff, professors, researchers, etc) coming from very different disciplines and fields (programme available on the website www.unil.ch/campus-plus).

It’s also a unique opportunity to meet the people who keep the campus running and to (re)discover the natural riches of the UNIL, namely a 90-hectare lakeside campus with a 10-hectare wooded area, around twenty buildings in a park with grassland grazed by a herd of sheep.

Budget:

Budget to show appreciation to the speakers: approx. CHF 600.-/per semester.

Results:

The guided walks are a great success.

Duration:

In place since September 2010

Website:

http://www.unil.ch/durable/home/menuinst/sensibilisation/escale-durable....

UGAF Best Practice Category:

Education