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On June 8, 2017, Sapienza ratified a plan for energy and the environment aiming to identify short and medium-term actions that would increase energetic efficiency, increase the use of renewable sources and reduce pollution and costs.
Sapienza is a member of the Network of Sustainable Universities (RUS) that coordinates Italian universities aiming to implement integrated sustainability as per the United Nations Agenda 2030 for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sapienza has created six work groups to develop activities related to the RUS Network.
In the context of the RUS Network, Sapienza signed an agreement with the Marevivo Assocation and the National Interuniversity Consortium for Science (CONISMA) to join the #StopSingleUsePlastic Campaign. The agreement calls for:
- Distribution of metal water bottles to students to disincentivise the use of plastic mineral water bottles;
- Increase of on-campus university water fountains;
- Diffusion of coffee machines allowing users to bring their own cups or use cups made of paper and other biodegradable materials;
- Award for on-campus food outlets that using single plastic accessories.
The agreement reflects the positions of the European Parliament and the legislative proposal on plastics, which, if approved, will ban a wide range of single use plastics from 2021.
On April 16, 2019, the Sapienza Academic Senate approved a programme for the reduction of plastic use at the university and a series of initiatives to safeguard the environment, in line with the indication of the Conference of University Rectors. Moreover, Sapienza will soon offer lessons on sustainability as a part of all degree programmes.
As part of its drive to promote sustainability, Sapienza University has renovated the historical water fountains on its main campus to reduce the need to purchase water in plastic bottles, allowing students, academic staff and technical-administrative personnel to enjoy fresh water throughout the university.
Sapienza has created a joint work group with students, academics and administrative staff to draft an action programme on the issue of plastic. The commission was appointed on June 14, 2019.
All students are invited to participate in Sapienza projects related to the #StopSingleUsePlastic Campaign and more in general in all its environmental sustainability initiatives. All proposals, suggestions and examples can be addressed to your representatives who will forward them to the commission.
The university trusts that these fundamental challenges will be joined in great numbers to promote fundamental issues for our well-being. On July 3, 2019, the Rector issues a communication to the entire university community to raise greater awareness on these activities.