U-Green, coordinated by the University of Almeria, receives the approval of SEPIE in the EU Erasmus+ Program, has eight more universities from Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Iceland, France and Spain, and will make four major contributions: best practices guide, protocol, quality seal and specialized training.
The project entitled ‘University cooperation for promoting the GREEN transition and sustainable practices in education and training’ aims to “boost the sustainability of European educational institutions”. It is also intended to act as a “catalyst for the promotion of attitudinal change for the achievement of environmentally friendly skills in citizens”. It is led by three researchers from the University of Almeria, they are Eva Alborch, specialist in quality systems and Environmental Sciences, Eva Carmona, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, and José Joaquín García, professor of Sustainable Development and director of the Sustainability Secretariat of the UAL, who also acts as Project Manager.
They have the support of the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization and have recently been approved by SEPIE, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education, within the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. With a duration of two and a half years, nine universities from eight European countries, all of them of great prestige, are participating. They are Haute École de la Province de Liège, Belgium, Agraren Universitet de Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra, Portugal, Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego, Poland, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, Landbunadarhaskoli Islands, Iceland, Institut Supérieur des Biotechnologies de Paris, well known as SUP’BIOTECH, France, and the International Consulting and Mobility Agency, Seville.
Ultimately, the ‘U-Green’ project will make four major contributions to sustainability in the context of European education. Firstly, it will draw up a guide of good practices for the improvement of sustainability in educational institutions, design a protocol for its development, elaborate a seal of quality in relation to it, to which any institution will be eligible, and, finally, train all those citizens involved in the education sector who wish to improve sustainability in their educational centers. The project has a budget of 346,000 euros and is part of the Action ‘KA2 – Cooperation partnership in higher Education’. It will allow to carry out different actions, such as Focus Groups of experts or Multiplier Events for the presentation of results, among others of great interest.