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Sapienza for Sustainable Development

Sapienza University promotes energetic and environmental sustainability through a series of initiatives and activities. Since the academic year 2019-20, an interdisciplinary training course in Sustainability Sciences has been activated and from 2020-21 a new optional course in Sustainability Sciences in Engineering will start.



What are the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 the United Nations, continuing along the path undertaken with the Millennium Goals 2000-2015, approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that cover all areas of social and economic development and aim at sustainability in a broad sense and on a global scale.

The engagment of Sapienza

Sapienza University is aware that to achieve the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, all components of society, especially institutions, the mission of which is knowledge and education, need to be strongly involved. Hence, Sapienza is carefully directing its actions towards the idea of development proposed and supported by the UN and is committed to numerous projects and activities for a tangible pursuit of the 17 goals.

Sapienza University has joined the Rus – the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development and has created six working groups on the main issues related to sustainability to develop new solutions and start good practices.

Sapienza University has put in place many activities and projects for sustainability, including the Energy Plan, the program for the reduction of disposable plastic, initiatives to promote sustainable mobility, and a training course for all students on sustainability.


Interfaculty course in Sustainability Sciences

Sapienza University has launched a training course aimed at introducing sustainability as an element of cultural progress in society and analysing the possible applications of sustainable models in different disciplinary fields.
Students can choose to follow only the "basic course" (3 Cfu) or attend the "basic course" plus a "specific course" for the acquisition of additional 3 Cfu (6 Cfu altogether). The course was presented in the Aula Magna on November 4, 2019.

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Sustainability Sciences in Engineering course

From the academic year 2020-21, students can also attend the "Sustainability Sciences in Engineering" course, an optional inter-faculty free-choice course with 6 credits, 6 different disciplines and 6 different professors (one for each credit). It can be chosen by all students, regardless of the Faculty, as an extracurricular course.

The Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report

The Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report is the annual document through which the University reports the activities carried out and the results achieved in terms of services rendered to the community and correspondence with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

Network of Sustainable Universities (RUS)

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.

Sapienza and RUS

Sapienza Energy Plan (PES)

On June 8, 2017, Sapienza ratified a plan for energy and the environment aiming to identify short and medium-term actions that would increase energy efficiency, increase the use of renewable sources and reduce pollution and costs. 

Sapienza Energy Plan (PES)

Sustainable mobility

Intermodality is the best alternative to private transport for micro-mobility and short and medium-range commutes. Changing the way we move improves the quality of life and our well-being, protects the environment and is convenient. Sapienza University is committed to promoting sustainable mobility through initiatives coordinated by the Mobility Manager.

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Care to Give a Hand?

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 student unions or representatives who will forward them to the commission.

A practical way to contribute is to avoid materials that can harm the environment. For example, during graduation celebrations, the metallic plastic confetti, which is often scattered even near the monumental pool of Minerva.

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, an official communication signed by the Rector and the Director-General, was issued to report the ongoing initiatives to teachers, students and technical-administrative staff.

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