Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.55
Liaison Cesar Nanni
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2017
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Universidad de Monterrey
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 César Alfredo Nanni
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Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes Yes
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution No
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

“OIKOS” Is the first student group associated with the Sustainability Centre, and its main objective it’s to promote environmental awareness throughout campus by organizing different events such as “Bring back the green” and “Recharge” which promotes the different ecological programs and efforts carried out across campus with recycling games, outdoor activities and exhibition stands.

“Troyanos en bici” It’s a student group associated to the Sustainability Centre which organizes different activities and events that promotes citizen participation trough social urban interventions such as special designed pedestrian crossings or physical regenerations in different parts of the city. Furthermore, the student group also promote sustainable multimodal urban transportation organizing public cycling routes within the University’s campus surroundings and throughout the city.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

UDEM's community garden is located at the Residence Hall; it is a learning space for all the student community which promotes respect and appreciation of the environment through planting, harvesting, and composting activities. Each Wednesday for one hour the Sustainability club from the Residence hall devote their time to maintain this learning space that provides them fresh food for their everyday consumption. Additionally, during the school year, The Sustainability Centre offers a workshop where the most important learning outcomes are: the advantages of home-grown food, planting and harvesting times and cycles of vegetables and fruits and composting.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:

The University of Monterrey has a student association called Students In Free Enterprise - University of Monterrey (SIFE-UDEM), which co-runs and empower a small enterprise in the rural community of Caballerías de Villa Hidalgo, Zacatecas. The students help and train the 7 ladies in order to develop management skills needed to be fully established in the local market.
The enterprise is called Siete Hermanas (Seven Sisters) focus in the production of alimentary products based in Nopal. Nowadays there is a small factory with the basic tools to produce Nopalitos in Escabeche (their main product) having a flow of sales, develop their business plan and search for local demand.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

CONFERENCE PATH TO SUSTAINABILITY
The University de Monterrey, through the Center for Sustainability, organizes a biannual Conference "Path to Sustainability".
This event is a space that links the university community with researchers, academics, public and private companies and civil organizations presenting their experiences, projects and success stories in several components of sustainability.
The conference program includes lectures by local and national speakers on issues related to ecological footprints, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, urban mobility governance, alternative energy, sustainable construction and landscaping, sustainable industrial innovation, local cycling, water as the challenge of the millennium, recycling and programs in management of solid waste as well as national laws and regulations that concern the environmental field.
The schedule is complemented by workshops in which students and teachers interact directly with the speakers; exhibitions of sustainable products, with a focus on fair trade and sustainable social entrepreneurship, art exhibitions, and workshops on recycling techniques, healthy eating, endangered species, natural medicine, native plants, typical crafts with recycled materials, among others.

SUSTAINABILITY IN CLASS
Exhibition of works and projects performed by students in class, applying sustainable solutions to environmental problems analyzed in the community by developing strategies of action around the three areas of sustainability: economic, ecological and social.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

“salvARTE”
Contest in which students, can express themselves by making artwork with waste materials, addressing the urgent need to raise awareness on reduction, recycling and reuse of solid waste and sensitizing the university community on the problem of waste generation and their impact within the environment.
http://www.udem.edu.mx/Esp/Noticias-Eventos/Pages/Noticias/2014/mayo/bestiario-salvarte-prepa-udem.aspx


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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Lanzate center is a leadership center located within the facilities of the Universidad de Monterrey. It offers multiple programs dedicated to the development of leadership abilities through adventure and experience education.
Some of the programs are rope courses, international expeditions to the Grand Canyon, Patagonia, Alaska, Costa Rica and Panama, where the participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and aptitudes that can be applied to their daily activities.
One of the principles used in the methodology in the Lanzate Center is the “Leave no trace behind” principle developed by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). This principle encourages all practitioners, leaders and adventurers to plan ahead, travel on certain types of terrain, proper waste disposal, minimize campfire impact and respect wildlife and other visitors. All to maximize the experience while preserving natural resources and the environment.


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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

We offer two cocurricular courses that focus on sustainability:

META (Current issues)
The course is designed so that the student can approach the themes related to the 2020 vision of UDEM (sustainability, intercultural issues, integrity, citizen participation and leadership), in order to contribute to the formation of responsible, integral and participative citizens that know the needs have today's world.

Environmental impact and solutions
During the course, students will learn to value the environment in a balanced way for decision making. By means of documentaries, cases, definition of concepts and sharing of ideas, students will be able to generate a critical and holistic thinking about the anthropogenic impact and viable solutions.


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