Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.00
Liaison Sandra Caeiro
Submission Date April 5, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Universidade Aberta
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

The group is formed through the social media (facebook) and the students are active publishers of news, ideas, topics and activities about sustainability.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
No

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Course "The heat is up! Cross disciplinar perspectives on climate change negotiations"(2015): The Science and Technology Department hosted ten students of the Master in Environmental Citizenship and Participation and the PhD in Social Sustainability and Development, who participated in the course in cooperation with Interdisciplinary Distance - Study Program of Environmental Science (Infernum), at the University of Hagen, Germany under the DAAD program"Dialogue with universities in Southern Europe". At the framework of Erasmus + for Virtual Mobility.

e-Sustainability Doctoral Seminar:
This is an annual seminar whose main objective is the presentation of research papers resulting from the theses underway or already concluded in the scope of the PhD in Social Sustainability and Development of the Open University. It also allows for the exchange of experiences and the sharing of knowledge with the faculty members of the course, with other members of the Academy and with external lecturer (s) who, within the scope of the doctoral subjects, present the research work and projects in which and the activities they develop. This is a space of work and confrontation of ideas between the student community and the teachers connected to the course.
https://eventos.uab.pt/e-sustainability2017/

DreamLab on UAb - "Integrating sustainability - what are the dreams?New ways of this dialogue and collaboration" (May, 2016)
This two parts seminar was based on the Dragon Dreaming methodology, creating a meeting space to explore new paths of dialogue and collaboration, with the help of the methodology dreaming of a holistic integration of sustainability in the various activities of the Open University.

https://www.uab.pt/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=d96eb175-6a1e-4870-90a4-5500d8f0aa61&groupId=10136


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:
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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

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

The undergraduate course in Environmental Sciences has two practical disciplines, namely FIELD WORKS I and II that require at least 10 exits for the exterior with duration of 1 day each. Each of the practical activities planned is guided by a script, which will include objectives, work proposals and indication of support materials, including multimedia resources. This module takes place in a region of Portugal, selected annually for this purpose. This includes activities such as conducting biological / geological / geographic / ecological journeys, visits to production units for organic certification products, contact with local authorities and associations, visits to rural / ecological tourism units, visits to organizations with environmental certification (eg ISO 14001 or EMAS), visits to an intermunicipal waste management system, visit to a Wastewater Treatment Station, and others.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

The students of the third and final year of the undergraduate course in Environmental Sciences, have to choose a specialization between three options (Environment and Health; Conservation of Natural Heritage; Environmental Sustainability and Management). All the options have sustainability topics.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

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

"Is the Environment no longer fashionable?" is a 4 week brief and open course, in which the participants will be made aware of the importance of the environment and, consequently, of their study. It seeks to stimulate reflection, critical analysis and the collaborative dialogue on four topics, of enormous relevance: Is garbage a value? Are finite resources? Will consumption patterns have to change? And your gesture, can it make a difference?


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

The Open University has produce an "UabTv" where there are a6 short videos adressing sustainability themes, by the name "International Year of Planet Earth" (1.INTRODUCTION; 2.RESOURCES AND SOLO, 3.EARTH, HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE, 4.OCEAN, LAND AND LIFE, 5.NATURAL AND EARTH DISASTERS, 6.UNDERGROUND WATER AND MEGACITIES.)


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