|Submission Date||Dec. 26, 2018|
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Innovation and Sustainability Office
Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
USFQ is a member of the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) one of the flagship programmes of UN Environment's Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU). For this network we submit our best practices and there is sharing of experiences.
At the national level, USFQ is part of REDU (Rede Ecuatoriana De Universidades para Investigación y Posgrados). In English, this organization translates to The Ecuadorian Network of Universities for Research and Postgraduate Studies (REDU) is made up of 20 higher education institutions. The goal of the REDU is to link the academic, social, political and productive sectors, through research and training projects at the graduate level, with ethical principles and criteria, respect for the environment, with social justice and recognition of intellecutal property.
Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
Mentoring program for the city of Quito' environmental distinction. We collaborate with the sustainability officers at two local high schools: Liceo Internacional and Colegio Menor.
Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Melanie Valencia, a professor of Environmental Engineering at the University, has presented at the Australia sustainability conference called “Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability” in Cairnes, Australia.
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):
The environmental distinction for the city of Quito which includes several campuses. In 2017 USFQ was awarded the highest distinction in the University category and in 2018 it has been awarded the first mentor award to help other institutions.
Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):
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:
Our Ewaste campaign is a mentoring program for 10 local high schools. We have also helped Hotel San Sebastian and the Environmental Secretary with their Carbon footprints and General Motors with their water footprint.
We have also now started a collaboration with University of Albany.
Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
Melanie Valencia, professor of Environmental Engineering at the University, is peer reviewing a thesis for Sandra Espinosa, MA, a MScSM candidate at the University of Toronto, entitled "The Influence of Organizational Behavior in Motivating Corporate Environmental Sustainability in Quito, Ecuador ".
Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:
We have collaborated in logistics programs for delivery in the city of Quito to reduce traffic congestion and emissions through the MIT 1 mile program (professor Carlos Suarez leads this program at USFQ). Moreover we currently sit in the plastics regulation committee for the city of Quito.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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