Participants were able to appreciate to what extent, from the moment the project was designed and presented for financing to the European Commission, the problem of environmental sustainability has become even more urgent. This project seeks to increase the contribution of Latin American universities to Sustainable Development, through the development and implementation of systematic environmental practices and quality processes (Environmental Management Systems) that improve management and operations in Higher Education institutions in the region.
The project, coordinated by the ISCTE- Lisbon University Institute (Portugal) and co-ordinated by the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), also involved Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), Universidad del Norte, Universidad de la Sabana (Colombia), Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional de Heredia (Costa Rica), Universidad de Guadalajara, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico), Universidad de Lima, Universidad del Pacífico (Peru), Politecnico di Torino (Italia), University of Gothenburg (Suecia) and Sulitest.org/Kedge B. School (France).
During the meeting the participants consolidated a common vision about the potential of the project and about the benefits that each institution can extract in three aspects: the development of environmental management systems, the reduction of the environmental impact of teaching, research activities and operations of the university in its environment, and the incorporation of environmental aspects in the educational offer of each of the participating universities for greater environmental awareness of the new generations.
Also, based on the legitimacy that the project will give to the participating institutions in relation to the care of the environment, some of them plan to develop projects with entities in their environment and with other universities interested in taking advantage of this experience. The bases are laid for a project of excellence. Congratulations!