Global Climate Coalition Student Workshop takes place in Rio de Janeiro
June 19, 2012  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

Undergraduate and graduate students from thirteen teams from nine different countries presented their projects to the Global Climate Coalition Student Workshop, that took place as a side event to the celebration of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio + 20. This event is organized by Yale University, Fundaçaõ Getulio Vargas and UMass Boston.

Teams from Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Uganda and the United States, presented thirteen interesting projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation at the campus level. Issues such as recycling, energy efficiency, biking, ecotourism, waste reduction and prevention, water management, electronic waste, community action and awareness raising were some of the issues discussed by the different projects.

Each team presented a poster about its project and did an assessment of all the projects brought to the session. After, they discussed their projects and received suggestions and feedback from other participants and faculty experts from the organizing universities.

Many projects focused on expanding the knowledge-base about sustainability with a goal to improve the impact and results of the multiple campus sustainability projects. These innovative and creative activities reinforce campuses’ commitment to sustainability from both an educational and practical perspective.

The Global Climate Coalition will continue its assessment of the projects implementation during the upcoming school year.

About the Author :

Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy joined the GEG team in September 2011as a research assistant for the UMass Center of Governance and Sustainability. Natalia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 and its currently a PhD Student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston

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