UTALCA OBTAINED "SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS" CERTIFICATION
PRO-RECTOR PABLO VILLALOBOS SAID THAT WITH THIS SEAL OUR CORPORATION IS POSITIONED AT THE FOREFRONT INCORPORATING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES IN ITS PROCESSES.
April 28, 2017
After successfully completing the "Sustainable Campus” Cleaner Production Agreement (APL), the University of Talca received the certification delivered by the Agency of Sustainability and Climate Change (ASCC) by incorporating measures ranging from best practices in energy, water and waste, measurement of carbon footprint, to changes in the curricula that encourage students to be more aware about the environment.
It should be recalled that in 2013 our Corporation signed voluntarily this APL which set a series of goals, measurable, and evaluated by external agents, for which the campuses could acquire that category. In this context, within the framework of Sustainable UTALCA Program, in charge of the University Social Responsibility Office (USR), two units of the Santiago Campus - Santa Elena and Quebec- were selected to implement this commitment.
This process ended last Thursday, when in a ceremony presided over by the Secretary for the Environment, Marcelo Mena, this seal was given to our Corporation and 13 other Academic Institutions throughout the country that met the APL requirements.
"We have the conviction that universities in Chile have a greater awareness and better environmental management and will continue to shine on future generations in the best practices," said the secretary of State.
Pro-rector Pablo Villalobos, who headed the delegation of the UTALCA that participated in the event held in premises of the National Archive, in the Metropolitan Region, said that with this seal our corporation "is at the forefront of higher education in the incorporation of sustainability issues in its processes and also in the training of its students."
"We are pleased to receive the first certification of one of our campuses, which is materialized because of the efforts of the officials, professors and students who have and work in a sustainable campus. It has been a hard work of three years where we surpassed the goals we set ourselves, we have fulfilled the 100% accreditation validated by an external entity and also by the secretaries of the Environment and Education. We are proud of this accomplishment," he said.
He added that after this step, "we are going to continue with this process with the Linares, Curico and Colchagua Campuses, and we have made progress in the Talca Campus with some actions that will allow us to have all of our campuses under the logic of sustainability."
At the time, the director of the ASCC, Juan Ladrón de Guevara, appreciated the contribution made by the institution in this area.
“With this agreement, and other multiple actions implement, such as the Sustainability Report, the UTALCA has a very positive attitude toward these issues. The certification that we are providing is a stimulus to continue to integrate these dimensions and, above all, to link to the challenges the Region has", he said.
For her part, the director of the Santiago Campus, Patricia Rodriguez, stressed that this achievement is the result of collective work, which has projections even beyond the Corporation.
"We have promoted the development of a culture of sustainability through which we become agents of change that not only benefits us as an institution, but to the entire community," she said.
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