The International University of Monaco officially part of the Higher Education for Climate Change Action (HESI) community

higher education sustainability initiativeFrom Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) was created by a consortium of UN entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact and UNU) in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20).

In advance of the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), HESI is preparing a Progress report on the impact of Higher Education institutions in advancing sustainable development and climate change to share best practices and lessons learned, discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovations around climate change adaptation and mitigation, and encourage new or enhanced commitments by HESI members, particularly around the facilitation of academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies and compose a message and a set of policy recommendations to be presented to the UNFCC Secretariat at COP21.

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The International University of Monaco (IUM) is officially part of the HESI community, having committed to:

1) Teach sustainable development across all disciplines of study,

2) Encourage research and dissemination of sustainable development knowledge,

3) Green campuses and Support local sustainability efforts, and

4) Engage and share information with international networks.

IUM sustainable initiatives

In fulfilling those commitments, IUM has incorporated courses and workshops on Sustainable Development, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Green Business Management in all its programs. The core material is often complemented by guest lectures on topics such as Food waste management, Economic, social and environmental potential of the world’s oceans, or Green urban mobility. In addition, professors and students at both the bachelor, master and doctoral level regularly engage in research projects on sustainability-related topics like creating shared value, ethics in business, smart city management, social progress measurement, socially responsible investments, or sustainable luxury trends.

In fulfilling our mission to train tomorrow’s responsible leaders our endeavor goes way beyond the classroom, with our students participating regularly in numerous projects and events where they can propose and put in practice their solutions to a diverse range of sustainability challenges. These include participating in charity runs or other fundraising for local children- and health-focused NGOs (Mission Enfance, Children and Future, Fondation Flavien, Monaco Red Cross), creating and managing a social and sustainability-oriented student association (TwoHelp), organizing a forum on Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship (The EDGE), participating in conferences on topics like “Altruism in Modern Capitalism” or “Science, Technology and Innovation and the potential of Culture for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Development Goals”, or working on corporate projects with local companies as for example for the organization of the First Solar Grand Prix in Monaco, or for promoting the new legislation on Banning single-use plastics in Monaco under our framework agreement with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

We also successfully launched a campus greening program in 2013, consisting in introducing paper-recycling bins in the library and near the major printing spots; introducing recycling facilities for batteries and used toner cartridges; using only energy-efficient lights on our premises; using only recycled paper for printing; encouraging double-sided black-and-white printing; encouraging the reuse of scrap paper whenever feasible; reducing the amount of print-outs by using several newly launched online systems (Online Monaco for course materials; MyIUM for the student intranet, or HyperPlanning for the course schedules); and installing water fountains on all floors to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.

The International University of Monaco is also member of the PRiME (Principles for Responsible Management Education)

Finally, we are regularly sharing our achievements with the international networks that we belong to, namely by publishing our PRiME Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports.

The PRME is a voluntary engagement platform for business schools and management-related academic institutions. An academic institution that signs on to the PRME expresses its conviction that academic institutions, through integrating universal values into curriculum and research, can contribute to a more stable and inclusive global market and help build prosperous and thriving societies.

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