Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.48
Liaison Stars UM6P
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2020

STARS v2.2

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Fadwa BALADI
Sustainable Developpement Manager
Sustainable Developpement
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

1) MSN Sustainability
It is an active students’ group that work on sustainability among the peers of MSN School. They organize workshops and they are currently working on implementing concrete sustainable projects based on their academic studies.

2) SDGs Leaders – FGSES Ambassadors
SDGs leaders are students from the Faculty of governance, political and economic sciences of the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University. They are training students on how to evaluate sustainability in public policies and companies. Moreover, they are currently launching a series of workshops on SDGs.

3) GREEN UP
Green up is a student association that gathers active students to tackle the climate change issue. It was founded by FGSES students to serve as an environmental club.
This latter has two main cells: Events and Awareness – They are currently working on launching awareness competitions and campaigns as well as climate change experts’ conferences.


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

"Each student, A tree” initiative, the students and staff benefited from a practical workshop by the professors of the School of Agriculture, Fertilizers and Environmental Sciences (ESAFE) about how to plant trees, the steps to follow, the right tools to use and the amount of fertilizers to mix with soil in order to plant the olive trees. They have learnt the difference between Fertilizers and Plant Food, the importance of compost and organic nutrient to the soil as well as types of soil in the region. The participants were accompanied by ESAFE PhD students in order to plant the trees following what they have previously learned in the workshop.

URL: https://www.facebook.com/2008323702777158/posts/2432510973691760/


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

BLUEDOVE is a consulting startup, originally developed as a school assignment at EMINES in a module called “Act d’entreprendre”.

It englobes many sustainable projects, the 1st phase of the enterprise started by developing a mobile application, called “No More waiting”. It provides the real-time situation of the queue and the seating zone at the University restaurant especially during the rush hours. Upon communicating about it, the waiting line time has been reduced from 40 min to 10 min of waiting, it has also reduced the number of people in the queue from 250 to 65.

Furthermore, the capacity of the university food court has been doubled with the same level of service. It gave the staff and students a live update about the restaurant rush hours situation to save time for more meetings and effective learning instead of wasting time waiting at the long line.

It improves the wellbeing of students and staff by reducing the time of stress waiting for food and by providing a service that will encourage them to eat on campus and reduce their carbon footprint resulting from commuting.
( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.khalidbaba.resteau )

The 2nd phase of Blue Dove, ATMOS, is the core of the project. This project focuses primarily on irrigation system by providing a solution for sustainable use of water. It provides a bilingual dashboard to showcase the real-time water need and climate data for farm holders. It also sets up alarms and warnings for the agricultural threats and diseases.

Using the provided data by the UM6P Weather forecast station, the solution had been implemented at the UM6P experimental farm to conduct a pilot test project and the results were used to implement a better irrigation system at the farm.
One of its KPIs is to reduce 57% of the irrigation water use based on the Artificial Intelligence models and saving approximatively 2.6 MMAD/Km² of water cost per year.
The results are used to implement and develop a better irrigation system at the Experimental Farm of the University.

Particularly, Blue Dove team has contributed during the outbreak of the COVID 19 by an innovative Pandemic Answer: The Blue Dove Health System.

They developed a smart watch called the Blue Dove Health System Bracelet, it provides the user data about their fever and their heartbeat rhythm. This solution was developed to replace the daily fever check up at the entrance of the campus for all the staff and some students during the pandemic and to equip the university with the right tools to detect the suspected carriers of the virus to avoid its spread.


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Project 1: Sustainable Development Fund – Fond DD
In August 2020, the UM6P Sustainable Development Department launched a call for projects for a UM6P sustainable development fund dedicated to students and staff to develop projects. The selected projects are the ones that directly tackle the STARS accreditation criteria.
This fund has been developed to fulfill a common vision on implementing innovative, sustainable and collaborative projects with a high added value.
URL: www.sd.um6p.ma

Project 2: THE UM6P VENTURES.
The Explorer Innovation Fund provides funding (up to 250.000 Dhs), mentorship, and tailored educational experiences for any student, researcher and staff from the UM6P and 1337/YouCode community who is an aspiring entrepreneur with an idea.
This fund accompany them through a series of trainings and meetings with mentors from MIT and UM6P in order to effectively turn the idea into a startup.
URL: http://explorer.um6pventures.com
https://um6pventures.com


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

"La conférence Développement Durable – Partage des expériences au service de tous" was a conference about exchanging and sharing the experiences of UM6P and TOTAL Company in terms of CSR or RSE (Corporate Social Responsibility).
With the presence of Pr. Jean CLAUDE, an associate professor at Total, Ms. Fadwa BALADI, the head of the UM6P sustainable development department and Mr. Loukili AISSAOUI, the head of HR at TOTAL RSE. An important number of students and staff were present in the conference where they have interacted with the experts around sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.

DD Hackathon: Sustainable development Hackathon
The call of participation for the first edition of the UM6P Sustainable Development Hackathon SD was open to all students. The set-up of this educational marathon under the theme "Youth Empowerment Through SDGs" has brought together the students of UM6P, from different backgrounds, to come up with reliable solutions to daily issues on their campus with SDGs related project ideas.

For two days, the selected participants who showed keen interest for Sustainable Development, have been trained and they formed teams to come up with projects related to the following SDGs:
Gender equality SDG 5,
Clean water and sanitation SDG 6,
Affordable and clean energy SDG 7,
Sustainable cities and communities SDG 11.

Sustainability Science & SDGs
In collaboration with “Institut de recherche pour le développement” (IRD) - Institute of research for development, “Science for achieving SDGs” was organized by the UM6P in order to highlight science and technology role in advancing SDGs. It was also to highlight the partnership between IRD and UM6P in order to advance research and sustainability.

UM6P-IWRI | Academic Interviews _ Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Strategies in Africa
UM6P – IWRI has been organizing a series of webinars, open to all the community of UM6P.
One of the webinars has tackled climate change adaptation and sustainability strategies in Africa. It was hosted by Mr. Victor Ongoma, a meteorologist, with specialty in climatology and climate change and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Center for Environment in 2018.


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Project Name: NABNI
NABNI is an event organized by MAHIR students that addresses the issues of education and youth development.
Through this artistic awareness campaigns that is composed of art installations, plays, musicals, and concerts, they raised awareness about the issues of agriculture, youth, education, environment, recycling…etc. in Morocco. It was a two-week event full of sharing experiences and highlighting initiatives, solutions, results and concrete achievements through debates, inspirational sessions, creative installations and artistic performances.
Link: www.facebook.com/MAHIR-Center-2240190336024169


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

1) The Sustainable Development ambassadors Program

Through this program, The SD Ambassadors benefited from a training about sustainable development and SDGs by Pr. Eric Bauce from LAVAL University – Canada, in addition to a training about "how to mentor your peers" led by the UM6P Sustainable Development Department. This latter gives them full guidance, support, periodic meetings/trainings and funds to succeed their mission as ambassadors.

The Sustainable Development Ambassadors are also responsible for training their peers on sustainable behaviors, implementing sustainable values and creating sustainable projects on campus through different initiatives.

2) The Sustainable development Hackathon
The call of participation for the first edition of the UM6P Sustainable Development Hackathon SD was open to all students. The set-up of this educational marathon under the theme "Youth Empowerment Through SDGs" has brought together the students of UM6P, from different backgrounds, to come up with reliable solutions to daily issues on their campus with SDGs related project ideas.

For two days, the selected participants who showed keen interest for Sustainable Development, have been trained and they formed teams to come up with projects related to the following SDGs:
Gender equality SDG 5,
Clean water and sanitation SDG 6,
Affordable and clean energy SDG 7,
Sustainable cities and communities SDG 11.

Our website : https://www.um6p.ma/fr


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

UM6P Students Jobs platform is an opportunity for UM6P students to gain experience, boost their resumes and expand their network.
It was launched on July 2020 by the Students Empowerment Office through an official communication from the General Secretary. It will enable students to develop a sense of responsibility and strong work ethics by always following up the UM6P Motto “Learning by doing”.
Since most of students have a deep understanding of the UM6P context, infrastructures and culture, it is a great opportunity for both students and staff to offer them paid internships and tasks. It involves jobs with sustainable aspects such as working with researchers in the experimental farm or working on social projects for the disadvantaged people in the region.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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