Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU-CS), Department of Environmental Planning
GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
2014 - onwards
Project coodination: Eva Leptien eva.leptien(at)btu.de
Technical coodination: Christian Steinert christian.steinert(at)b-tu.de
Academic support: Dmitry Palekhov dmitry.palekhov(at)b-tu.de
The third successor conference of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio +20" in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro dealt mainly with the promotion of an environmentally friendly economy, also referred to as Green Economy, as a basis for sustainable development and poverty reduction. In this context, it was also talked about the development of appropriate institutional frameworks. The responsible use of natural resources was also highlighted as an important component to achieve these goals.
The aim of the ECO-Campus is the establishment of a university scientific and education network, which is carried out by GIZ and the Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus- Senftenberg (BTUCS). Selected partner universities from the Ukraine, Cameroon, Vietnam, Lebanon and Peru will be among the founding members of the network.
The ECO-Campus aims to incorporate the concept of sustainable resource management into the learning outcomes and curricula of universities and educational institutions across disciplines as an interdisciplinary topic in terms of a Green Curriculum. In addition to basic tools such as project-related environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment of plans and programs which by now are standard elements of the environmental legislation in many countries, concepts and methodological approaches such as Life Cycle Assessment, Voluntary Sustainability Standards or corporate social responsibility (CSR) become increasingly important components of sustainable development.
ECO-Campus provides the technical platform for the assembly and cooperation of universities who share a common goal: the stronger integration of the subject sustainability into their curricula. Based on an internationally popular open source software solution (Moodle), the contents of the server-based e-learning platform will be made available soon. Thus ECO-campus acts as a central communication and learning platform via which the different materials are provided. Furthermore, Eco-Campus thereby sets the basis for a Green Curriculum with the option to integrate other disciplines that pursue environmentally and socially sustainable thinking, planning, action and decision making, into the curriculum.