UMass Boston Participates in UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environmental Sustainability (GUPES) Conference
Representing the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston at the UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environmental Sustainability (GUPES) meeting Dr. Anamarija Frankic traveled to Santiago, Chile on Sept. 5-6 2011. This meeting brought together 50 universities from around the world to accomplish two major goals:
1. Draft a position paper on Universities and Sustainability, and present it at Rio+20; with specific emphasize on green economy;
2. Finalize agenda and strategy for the launch of GUPES in 2012.
Complementing the Center’s work and objectives, GUPES aims to promote the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching and learning by doing, through community engagement, greening of university infrastructure, facilities and operations, making universities as living labs and EXPOS for solutions. Through this approach universities and education are back in ‘the driver’s seat’ for local, regional and national sustainable development. In this process, UNEP has developed a working definition of a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
Two important outcomes from the conference are that the Green Boston Harbor Project (GBH) will be showcased as a case study example for UNEP/GUPES and the Center for Governance and Sustainability will play a major role in finalizing UNEP’s position paper that emphasizes the important role of universities in sustainable development and green economy, which will be submitted to the Rio+20 Secretariat by November 1, 2011.
Photographs from right to left: Top Photo – Dr. Anamarija Frankic (UMass Boston), Mahesh Pradhan (UNEP/GUPES) and Prof. Matilde Schwalb, Vice Chancellor, Pacific University, Lima, Peru.
Bottom photo -Dr. Satishkumar Belliethathan (Addis Ababa University), Isabel Martinez (UNEP), Mahesh Pradhan (UNEP/GUPES) and Dr. Anamarija Frankcic (UMass Boston)