After two years of working on implementing the sustainability policy, The University of Lausanne has issued the Activity Report to document its actions.

The Activity Report for the years 2012-2013 presents the team behind the UNIL’s sustainability activities, facts & figures about the university, the key dates in the development of UNIL’s sustainability policy, as well as the strategic objectives and milestones of UNIL in the field of sustainability. The activity report offers an overview of completed and prospective actions of UNIL in the key areas of teaching and research, campus management and sustainability culture.

In 2011 the Sustainability Committee was established at UNIL, run by Vice-Rector Benoît Frund and his team of 21 members. They are supported by Sustainability and Campus Department that counts among its employees Delphine Douçot, UGAF Core Group member. The same year, 2011, ‘Placing sustainability high on the UNIL’s agenda’ entered the university’s Strategic Plan for the years 2012-2017. It has been decided that sustainability should be implemented in the three key areas where the university can make a difference: in teaching and research, campus management and promoting sustainability culture.

Here are some inspiring good practices from UNIL:

1) Teaching and research. In 2013, UNIL celebrated 10th anniversary of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE) that currently offers 4 types of Master’s degrees. The university co-edits ‘Urbia’, a handbook on academic research related to sustainability, as well as runs the ‘Durabilis’ contest for the students engaged in the sustainability practices. Last year, UNIL launched an introductory course on sustainability issues for Bachelor students and will launch a new interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Ecological transition in September 2015.
2) Campus management. UNIL campuses use 100% renewable energy and recycle 40% of their waste. UNIL is known for their 100 grazing sheep that help maintain 7 hectares of green pastures located on the campus. UNIL promotes green commute of the students and staff by providing 900 bike parking spaces and 5 self-service bike stations, as well as a car sharing service available for staff.The university watches closely its catering and purchasing practices to make them more sustainable.
3) Sustainability culture. In October 2013, the ‘épicentre’ shop opened at the UNIL campus. The shop offers food products based on the local and organic fruit and vegetables. Moreover, there is a seasonal produce market organized every week on campus site. The UNIL community has also organized several open lectures and conferences related to the theme of sustainability.

Further reading:

Download the ‘Sustainability at the UNIL’ Activity Report 2012-2013 here.
Learn more about the sustainability agenda of UNIL here.