Sustainability - Green Policy as a Challenge for the University of Crete
The challenges of sustainable development
and the role of Universities
challenges of sustainable development, academics, policymakers, civil society
and the business community recognize the potential and responsibility of
Universities to make a positive impact on the environment, society and the
economy in the light of sustainable development. In this context, there is a
correspondingly strong interest for awareness raising and implementation of
sustainable development practices by Universities.
in The Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development, argues that “Universities have intensified their
efforts to support sustainable development, have made significant efforts for
the sustainability of campus operations, and have introduced new programs and
courses related to education for sustainable development and extend the value
and impact of their teaching and research to local communities”.
the European Universities Association has confirmed that “Sustainable
Development Goals clearly need strong social actors, such as universities, to
ensure that they will be”. In particular, Universities have key
responsibilities for issues such as quality education (SDG-4), industry,
innovation and infrastructure (SDG-9), affordable and clean energy (SDG-7),
gender equality and reduced inequalities (SDG-5), sustainable cities and
communities (SDG-11), peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG-16) and
partnerships for SDGs (SDG-17).
universities around the world, the issue of sustainable development is no
longer one of the many options available - it has become a necessary
development strategy, which, however, requires redesigning their functions.
The sustainable development roadmap at the
University of Crete
international good practices, suggested by the Sustainable Development
Solutions Network (SDSN), the University of Crete puts efforts to initiate a
roadmap towards its sustainable development structured in the following
Training and empowerment of students, through modern educational methods, to
become leaders who will use their knowledge in order to create a sustainable
Utilization of the University Campus to try innovative solutions to real
Awareness and promotion of best practices companies and organizations.
University of Crete: Provision of expertise
to local governance and the business community
of Crete aims to be a consistent accelerator towards sustainable development in
Crete. In this regard, Professors from the University of Crete with expertise in
international, local and business aspects of sustainable development,
support key local government institutions in Crete on the roadmap for the
adoption and localization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
particular, Professors from the University of Crete provide their know-how to
the Region of Crete, in the project “Adoption and Prioritization of the 17
Sustainable Development Goals in the Region of Crete” as well as in the Municipality
of Heraklion, in the project “Sustainable Development Goals in the Municipality
of Heraklion: Adoptation and links with entrepreneurship”.
context, it is widely acknowledged that the role of business in sustainable
development is core and that responsible local entrepreneurship works in
addition to local government policies to achieve SDGs. Therefore, the localization
of SDGs through the above projects is expected to highlight business
opportunities in the dynamic fields of the local economy (tourism, culture,
primary sector and its link to tourism).
to the local business community, the University of Crete implements:
- Diagnosis of business opportunities in
the context of locally adopted SDGs.
- Responsible entrepreneurship training
seminars for local small and medium enterprises.
- Development of a management guide for
responsible entrepreneurship for small and medium enterprises.
University of Crete: International Summer School in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
Summer School in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR School) aims
to provide advanced training regarding the identification of
sustainability-related business opportunities and the inclusion of
responsibility in the core of one’s business strategy, in order to achieve
sustainable value and formulate a more resilient organization.
training program is envisioned as a journey that will cover all major
identified areas that relate to the responsible management of sustainability.
School aims to provide advanced training to leading young researchers and
identification of sustainability-related business opportunities.
inclusion of sustainability in the core of business strategy.
ensuing responsible corporate management.
attend lectures from leading academic faculty members, discuss case studies
presented by experienced senior professionals, and experiment with relevant
School is organized as a partnership between the University of Crete, CSR
Hellas and ALBA Graduate Business School - The American College of Greece.
Constantine Manasakis (Economist, MBA, PhD), Assistant Professor, Department of
Political Science, University of Crete