Il "2nd International Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses" si terrà a Firenze dal 10 al 12 dicembre.
Per l'occasione abbiamo intervistato il Prof. Walter Leal, School of Science and the Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, & HAW Hamburg, Germany.
Il Prof. Walter Leal è il responsabile scientifico del simposio assieme al Prof. Ugo Bardi dell'Università degli Studi Di Firenze.
Di seguito l'intervista a Walter Leal.
What do you expect? What will the impact of this event be?
Reply: The event will provide universities all round the world with an opportunity to display and present their works on campus greening and sustainable campus development. We hope to bring them to Florence to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research, teaching and projects on campus greening and design, especially successful initiatives and good practice. We also very much hope to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.
This is the second edition of the Symposium. How was the first one which was organised in Brazil last year? What were the main results achieved?
Reply: the event in Brazil had over 150 delegates and we focused on the practica of campus greening. The main result of the event is the book "Towards Green Campus Operations"
https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319768847 which has around 60 chapters, being a comprehensive volume.
How can the University contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
Reply: Universities can help by making sure the SDGs are duly handled in both teaching and research, but also as part of their 3rd Mission. It requires time and much efforts, but this is worthy.
Besides this event, do you think are we achieving some good results regarding the expectations of the Sustainable Development Goals? What can we all do to enhance and to reinforce a more effective individual and collective action?
Reply: Progress has been slow and we need to find ways to accelerate it. The Inter-University Sustainable Development Programme will undertake in 2019 a set of events aimed at accelerating progresses.
What is the relationship between the individual and local action to the systemic and global dimension of sustainable development?
Reply: both are important and need to be combined. Sustainability is a matter of global interest, but the problems are local in nature. Therefore, an integrated approach is needed.