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The American College of Greece
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
-UN Academic Impact
-Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
-UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)- Greece
- UN Global Compact Network
- UN Global Compact Network Hellas
Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, promotes practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015 by the United Nations.
Through a growing number of National and Regional Networks, SDSN supports the localization and implementation of SDGs, develops long-term transformative pathways for sustainable development, promotes education around Agenda 2030, and launches solution initiatives.
The Greek SDSN has been included in the SDSN network and is co-hosted by ICRE8: International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy and the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab. It is co-chaired by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Prof. Andreas Papandreou, aiming to contribute to achieving the goals of the SDSN network.
The Institution operates within accordance to the netwqork "Boroume" .
BOROUME was formed in 2011, in response to the socioeconomic crisis, the rising levels of poverty, increasing demand for food aid, and high levels of food waste in Greece. The BOROUME network provides constant support to 550 organizations and food pantries, as well as 150 municipal social welfare services across Greece. The network supports the distribution of an average of 1,000 meals per day.
Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
• Gkikas, C. & Marouli, C. (2019). Food waste in a Greek Higher Education institution: Students’ attitudes, compositional analysis and environmental impacts. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management ,Heraklion, June 26-29. http://uest.ntua.gr/heraklion2019/proceedings/proceedings.html#thursday
This publication resulted from the work conducted within the framework of the capstone project of Charalampos Gkikas, Environmental Studies major.
• Vitoraki, M. (2019). "Implementation of pay–as–you–throw schemes in Greece: major benefits and future potential", Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, Heraklion, June 26-29. http://uest.ntua.gr/heraklion2019/proceedings/pdf/HERAKLION2019_Vitoraki.pdf
• Misseyanni, A., Marouli, C. and Papadopoulou, P. (2019). How Teaching Affects Student Attitudes Towards the Environment and Sustainability in Higher Education: An Instructor’ Perspective. Presented at International Conference on Sustainable Development, 7th ICSD 2019, Sept. 4-5, Rome, Italy.
• Papadopoulou, P., Marouli, C. and Misseyanni, A. (2019). Sustaining Healthcare: Bridging Education with Bio-medical and Healthcare Challenges. Presented at International Conference on Sustainable Development, 7th ICSD 2019, Sept. 4-5, Rome, Italy.
• Marouli, C., Papadopoulou, P., Misseyanni, A., Georgas, D., Savvidou, P., Koutsokali, M. (2019) A Mediterranean Green Roof -plant growth, substrate depth and composition and type of installation: Process and initial results. Presented at International Conference on Sustainable Development, 7th ICSD 2019, Sept. 4-5, Rome, Italy.
• Savvidou, P., Kazanis, D. and Misseyanni, A. (2019). The present status of woody vegetation at the campus of the American College of Greece. Poster presented at the 16th Panhellenic Conference of the Hellenic Botanical Society, October 10-13, Athens, Greece.
This publication resulted from the work conducted within the framework of the capstone project of Pinelopi Savvidou, Environmental Studies major.
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
ACG in 2019 submitted its nomination to the European Sustainability Award for the “Education Unites Program; From Camp to Campus”.
The European Sustainability Award aims at championing inspiring initiatives in the European Union with a transformative contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Given the cross-cutting nature of the SDGs, the European sustainability Award focuses on a certain theme, linked to the theme adopted for the UN High Level Political Forum of the United Nations.
For 2019 the theme was “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” which refers to a cluster of SDGs: SDG4 on quality education, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, SDG 13 on climate action, SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions, and SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals.
The American College of Greece, working together with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, launched the program “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” providing higher education scholarships to 87 refugees for their studies at ACG for the academic year 2017–2018. The whole program was developed through a partnership with two other American, not for profit institutions, the American College of Thessaloniki/ACT and the American Farm School, (both located in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece). However, the program of each school was unique and distinct and run independently, with ACG having the largest number of participants. The bulk of the funding for the ACG program was provided by the US State Department, while ACG contributed with supplementary funds.
· ALBA Graduate Business School has been invited to be an “Incentive Provider” of the “Green Award” initiative. The Green Award Foundation is an independent quality assurance organization that certifies shipping companies and vessels that go beyond the industry standards in terms of safety, quality and the environmental performance. Companies which support this initiative receive a 10% scholarship for their executives interested in participating in our MBA in Shipping program. It’s worth noticing that ALBA is the first Academic Institution to be named a Green Award Incentive Provider
Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Dr. Pavlos Vlachos, member of the academic jury: The “Philippe de Woot Award”, an initiative of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), aims to promote sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility by awarding, every two years, one prize to one or several Master thesis(es) which constitute(s) an original contribution to the understanding and thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility.
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
ACG has informed , namely on the STARS reporting process and has offered mentorship to:
The Sustainability Office of Kuhne Logistics University (KLU) of Germany. This is expected to be an ongoing collaboration.
The General Coordinator Social Responsibility of ESADE Business School, Spain
Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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