Sustainability @Pontificia Universidad Catolica santiago, chile

PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Sustainability Chair project aims to restructure academic work done at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to provide an increased commitment to sustainable development. Specifically, the project promotes the inclusion of a sustainable approach to lecture courses in diverse faculties, and to encourage scholars to incorporate the SDGs in the research work they do. To achieve these objectives, two initiatives have been put in place: first, a new interdisciplinary course on Sustainability which is structured around the SDGs, followed by a Service+Learning methodology unit which will allow students to address real socio-environmental problems through interdisciplinary collaboration. Second, an exhaustive review of how the University's academic research contributes to the SDGs agenda will be undertaken. This will enable the identification of gaps and opportunities that can enhance the University’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: Urban STATUS: On-going

By: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:We aim to make the course on sustainability a top-level learning experience that every student at the University will want to take, thus creating a more aware and engaged student body . In addition, we hope the research review will encourage scholars to focus their research on sustainability issues.

PARTNERS: The University is currently a member of 3 networks that promote sustainability within universities: Sustainable Development Solutions Network; Rede de Campus Sustentable, Chile (Sustainable Campus Network; Centro CODS, Colombia (SDGs Center for Latin America).

In addition, we work with local-based organizations and NGOs that are involved with the sustainability course , such as environmental preservation projects and local communities facing problems with garbage dumps.