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Educational strategy for sustainability

Zacatecas University

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Scientific and technological development in information technology and the media allows us to be informed immediately as to whatever is happening worldwide in terms of natural disasters and climatic change. Unfortunately, this has not resulted in creating an obvious all-encompassing environmental conscience and these advances are not yet applied as a means to prevent or correct the problems the world is facing.

The Zacatecas University (UAZ) in México includes care of the environment and sustainable development in its mission. Since 2005, the institution has worked in environmental education to reverse or adapt to the effects of climate change. Its overarching objective is to incorporate care of the environment into its institutional policy, and state and national law.

This is being pursued by drawing up a project with ten defined areas where the university raises environmental awareness and pushes for action across its departments. The project applies to all the academic spaces of UAZ and focuses on water, energy, handling waste.

Nine Steps to Sustainability

  1. Raising community awareness of the environment education strategy;

  2. Participating on the global stage – representatives attended two international meetings on climatic change and sustainable development, and published memoirs of the event;

  3. Establishing a directory of environmental researchers;

  4. Setting up five forestation and reforestation programmes within the university and local schools;

  5. Legal registration of its laboratories with government departments;

  6. Implementing the government-run sustainable SEMARNAT programme (PAS);

  7. Installing a waste management programme including separate bins for organic, inorganic and aluminium and a scheme for collection and classification of batteries;

  8. Ensuring safe disposal of the biological, infectious or dangerous waste generated by the different university departments; and,

  9. Keeping the School of Health, preschool and secondary school premises 100% tobacco smoke-free.

It is only by making environmental care part of our basic routine that we can even begin to tackle the bigger issues and revert climatic change processes.

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