UIC Barcelona, as an organisation dedicated to research and knowledge transfer, is involved in the task of seeking out, disseminating and applying ethical alternatives to the socio-economic and environmental challenges faced by today’s society. It is within this framework that UIC Barcelona is establishing a series of objectives to promote sustainability throughout the entire University Community, in the areas of Organization, Teaching and Research and Environmental Management.
According to the definition of sustainability adopted by the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE):
"Sustainability is a concept that includes the research of environmental quality, social justice and a fair and viable economy in the long term. Defines a set of criterions oriented to ethical behavior with everything around us (resources, people, spaces...), so as to achieve intragenerational and intergenerational equity as well as manage relationships with the natural and social environment, maintaining their availability and ecological balance, and promoting a more equitable and fair distribution of environmental resources, benefits and costs. To speak of sustainability is to speak of an ethical imperative that has to do with issues of protection of the natural environment, poverty reduction, gender equality, health promotion, human rights, cultural understanding and peace, responsible production and consumption, equal access To ICTs, etc. "(CRUE, Sectorial Sustainability, 2011)."
This view of integrating transdisciplinary and sustainability matches perfectly with the mission of the UIC Barcelona, with its humanistic will at the service of society.
The Sustainability Office is a UIC Barcelona service, the objective of which is to coordinate sustainability across all areas of the University.
The Sustainability Office is located in the Gamma building of the Faculty of Education D-003. Any proposal, suggestion or query can be channelled through the following email address: email@example.com or through UIC Barcelona’s internal phone system on extension 6126.
Through its UIC+Sostenible programme, the Sustainability Office organises training and environmental awareness seminars open to the entire University Community such as the Cross-Disciplinary Workshop on Sustainability and World Environment Day.
UIC Barcelona has a Sustainability Committee work sustainability in a coordinated and integrated manner. This committee comprises the heads of these areas. The Sustainability Committee makes it possible for the different departments involved to work on specific issues such as waste management, green purchasing and energy consumption, incorporating different points of view and knowledge to enable action to be taken in a global and integrated way to make UIC increasingly sustainable.
This Committee is implementing the 2016-2022 strategic plan for sustainability in the areas of Organization, Teaching and Research and Environmental Management. Strategic plan link.
The members who make up the Sustainability Committee are:
Vice-Rector of Organization and Planning - Manager
The fundamental objective of this area consists in implementing the integral Sustainability Strategic Plan of UIC Barcelona with objectives and indicators to evaluate it periodically and the compliance with sustainability policies of the university.
Sustainability Strategic Plan 2016-2022
Sustainability Strategic Plan 2016-2022 (PES) is a specification of the Strategic Plan 2016-2022 UIC Barcelona related with objectives, actions and indicators connected with environmental sustainability and social responsibility University . Presents a roadmap, evaluable tools and some priorities to promote a transformation towards sustainability of the University, giving support to the concept of sustainability integral — socially, economically and environmentally— by the mission, vision and values of the UIC Barcelona.
Promote Sustainable Development in a global way showing interconnections between the social, economy and environmental issues and different problems, applying the concept of integral ecology.
Progress towards integral sustainability at the University, through one strategic planning that ensures consistent and effective coordination between the areas of Organization, Training and Research and Environmental Management during the next six years.
Assume that the measures to reduce environmental contradictions don’t depend only on scientific or technical solutions, but above all values and ethical attitude that inspires a change of our habits. Therefore, the education community of UIC Barcelona should promote and adopt sustainable habits and values in all areas of university life, and so make it easier for the students to acquire them throughout their learning.
Sustainability policies: Commitment to Sustainability
Different UIC Barcelona rectors signed sustainability commitments with Barcelona City Council’s Agenda 21 (Dr Josep Argemí Renom) and the Universities’ Commitment to Sustainability on the occasion of the United Nation’s Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, RIO +20 (Dr. Pere Alavedra i Ribot, 2012).
In September 2016 as part of the first anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Suistainable Development of the United Nations, the current UIC rector Dr. Xavier Gil Mur, signs a commitment of UIC Barcelona to sustainability policies.
One of the three major areas promoted by the Sustainability Office is the communication and environmental awareness of the entire university community. It has been celebrated de World Environment Day and posters and slogans are promoted to have a more sustainable habits throughout the campus.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June. The Sustainability Office has organised the following events:
5 June 2014: Fund-raising concert for the Harambee project in the Congo.
5 June 2013: Practices in ecological agriculture in the garden of the Faculty of Education.
5 June 2012: Exhibition of resources required for best practices in sustainability at the Barcelona Campus library and at the entrance of the Delta building of the Faculty of Education.
5 June 2011:Tree-planting in the Iradier Campus, on the plot located in front of the Aula Garden.
Curricular sustainability means introducing specific or generic competences related to sustainability into the content of university degree courses.
Within the context of undergraduate and master’s degrees in the Spanish university system, these competences form the basis upon which new degree courses been designed. Amongst the generic or cross-disciplinary competences that new graduates will have to acquire, the ones that are especially emergent are those related to sustainability and social responsibility in universities, in response to the global crisis (economic, social and environmental).
The specific competences are those which explicitly work with content, processes and attitudes directed at sustainability.
Curricular sustainability is dealt with according to the following documents produced by the working group “Curricular Sustainability. Integrating sustainability criteria into university curriculums” of the Sustainability Committee for the Association of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE) and ratified by CRUE for all universities that fall within the Spanish University System:
● Guidelines for the inclusion of sustainability in the Curriculum
In these seminars, issues relating to sustainability are worked on using an interdisciplinary approach with the aim that the university community can participate simultaneously in a topic related to sustainability. Professors and students from all grades can reflect and share research projects in a common space.
Information is provided through conferences, round tables and scientific workshops and posters to encourage reflection and a change of habits directed towards more sustainable behaviour. All UIC students can develop research projects related to the theme of the workshop and presented the results in the form of a workshop or scientific poster competition of research projects. These include projects in various curricular subjects. The seminars that have taken place so far are the following:
Industrialization and architectural integration of solar collectors thermal ceramic for mild climates.
New possibilities of the ceramic fabrics as industrialized building system, and their contribution towards a more sustainable architecture.
Design and testing of new ceramics at the laboratory.
Study of new construction systems that are more economical, quick and easy to use through specific self-supporting arches built with conventional ribbed metal sheets, thus exposing the material to a repeat encapsulation process.
Modelling and evaluation of incidents in multifamily buildings depending on geographical location, construction cost and consumption. Study based on the parameters of a sample with an average monthly salary of a thousand euros, cost management, and an urban setting.
Development of bioclimatic architecture, industrialization of building systems integration and energy systems in the building.
Inclusion of the criteria is sustainability in project management.
Energy management consists of optimising energy use in a rational and efficient way without diminishing performance levels. It should help to establish short, medium and long-term objectives all directed at achieving the optimal use of energy resources and their technology:
Use of renewable energy sources
Replacement of some energy sources
Analysis of energy savings through the measures implemented
Analysis of the environment setting
Study of new techniques to produce and save energy
Economic management analysis
At UIC Barcelona, based on results obtained from an internal audit to determine the current situation of energy consumption it has been formulated a programme of improvements to achieve a sustainable use of energy, acting mainly on two levels:
At the resource level, with the introduction of new systems for control and energy use by the Operations Department: water, gas and electricity, reviewing the lighting and air-conditioning systems to increase efficiency and reduce consumption.
Through increasing the awareness of all staff including Administration and Service Staff (PAS), Teaching and Research Staff (PDI), students, in other words the entire university community, about the correct use of energy, employing environmental slogans for each grouping and implementing a variety of campaigns and promotions via the Communications Department.
These measures need to be undertaken in specific areas and then applied to both campuses. Subsequently, the results achieved will be analysed.
When you arrive, ventilate your office if necessary and turn on the systems.
Keep the air-conditioning thermostat at 22ºC in winter and 25ºC in summer. The variation in these values increases the electricity consumption by 8% for each degree. If it is necessary to ventilate the work space, do so before turning the air-conditioning on. In such cases, 10 minutes should be enough.
When you have to print a document, think about whether it is really necessary.
Do you really need a hard copy? If so, you can print double-sided sheets and maybe select the ink-saving option. Additionally, try not to print or make copies in colour unless it is unavoidable. Colour printing increased 22.7% between 2014 and 2015.
When entering and leaving the office, turn off everything that is quick to turn back on again.
If you leave the office for more than 3 minutes, turn off the lights. If you are going out for more than 10 minutes, also turn off the air-conditioning. Close the door to maintain the ambient temperature, bearing in mind that each degree of variation implies an 8% increase in power consumption. Also, if you hang the sign we have given you on the door handle, people will know when you are coming back.
When you leave for the day, turn everything off and have a good look round.
At the end of the working day, remember to turn off your computer, the air-conditioning and lights. If you are the last to leave your work area and you see that someone has left the light or a device switched on, turn it off; another time they will do the same for you. There are common areas where lights are usually left on; turn them off if you can and let us know where they are so we can solve the issue.
Industrial and economic development over recent decades has generated an enormous quantity of waste, mainly due to new consumer habits across all public, private, industrial and service sectors.
All this has led to more concern about improving and protecting the environment and the development of management systems that include the appropriate control and management of this waste.
Indiscriminate consumption and the uncontrolled dumping of waste leads to a deterioration in the environment.
To avoid this damage, UIC Barcelona is putting forward the following strategic goals:
Minimise disposal (dumping)
A protocol has been developed, incorporated into the Plan for Prevention and Environmental Management, to deal with waste management at the two campuses in the correct way and with the appropriate processes. This procedure defines:
The identification of waste and what produces it
The proposed separation of waste on campus
The varieties of hazardous waste generated at the different centres and campuses
The basic instructions for the producers of hazardous waste on how to manage it, special containers, protection, etc.
The systems and means of hazardous waste collection at the different production points
Those responsible for delivery and collection at the production centres and at the collection company
The collection schedule for the specialised company or companies acting according to the established protocols
The monitoring of actions defined through a performance assessment
The assessment of risk factors arising from the generation of hazardous waste products.
The plan makes purchasing an essential priority in the prevention and reduction of waste generation, which is to say that it promotes green purchasing to encourage the subsequent processes of reuse and recycling. Of these, it considers the elimination or dumping of the fraction that has not been able to be treated using any other alternative as a last option and as the least desirable. In any case, this operation must be carried out in the safest and most controlled manner possible, following the applicable regulations at all times.
Waste is classified according to its type and origin. There is a programme for the separation of ordinary waste that is currently at a different implementation stage for each campus. Hazardous waste is separated correctly at both campuses and we have an external manager who deals with its removal.
If you are uncertain about the disposal of a particular piece of waste, or if you have a query, you can contact the Occupational Health and Safety (PRL) Unit using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning extension 5185.
The UIC produces a mobility plan aimed at:
Reducing traffic accidents involving the university community both as drivers and pedestrians.
Defining sustainable mobility to reduce the impact on the environment and improve journey conditions by acting on the various factors that we can influence.
If you have a query, you can contact the Occupational Health and Safety (PRL) Unit using the email address email@example.com.