Aware of the need to promote the sustainable development of society while respecting nature and natural resources, ISEL, as an institution of higher education that views sustainability as a key pillar of its action, prioritising areas of intervention that aim to contribute to the preservation and recovery of the environment and its biodiversity.
ISEL has been promoting and developing a range of initiatives that bring together pupils, faculty and staff in areas such as renewable energy, a circular economy, water waste reduction, sustainable food, and an increase in green spaces and their biodiversity. All this for a common cause: planet Earth.
Our first major project in environmental sustainability was the Eco-Schools programme (an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education) aimed at promoting environmental education for sustainability. Others will follow.
The ISEL Eco-School project is part of the Eco-Schools Programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is recognized by UNESCO and aims to contribute to the realization of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. This program, whose main goal is the promotion of actions in the framework of environmental education at all levels of education, currently involves 59,000 schools in 68 countries.
Participation in the activities of the ISEL Eco-School project has been opened to the entire school community.
See the list of participants here.
Last year, the developed actions focused mainly on on-campus interventions: the production of electric power through renewable sources; the replacement of the existing lighting by LED lights, both in interior and exterior spaces; the remodeling of sanitary facilities by means of implementing a more rational use of water; and the implementation of various surveys of our green spaces.
In 2021, we have been more ambitious. ISEL will put in place an action plan on seven distinct fronts, with initiatives that include monitoring the environmental impact of our campus, new technological and landscape interventions, awareness campaigns, offering an optional subject in environmental sustainability, organizing a week of activities, and instituting an annual recognition award for the best project in this area.
Alexandra Rodrigues (Sustainability) and Pedro Silva (Infrastructures and Computer Sciences) are the coordinators of the ISEL Eco-School project.
The program comprises 7 steps, to be developed and carried out in each school year.