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ECU exemplifies role of universities in sustainability

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

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In Cape Town on Monday, 26 April, ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, argued that universities should play a major role in sustainability as exemplars, not only through their core business of teaching and learning and research, but also in their daily operations.

As a plenary speaker at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Conference of Executive Heads, Professor Cox demonstrated how university leaders, through personal and institutional commitments, can instil sustainability principles and values in all their stakeholders.

The conference theme, Universities and the Millennium Development Goals, examined the contributions of universities to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

During his presentation, entitled, Enough for Everyone, Forever, Professor Cox addressed Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability. He highlighted ECU’s commitment to both social and environmental sustainability through the many initiatives underpinned by our award-winning Sustainable Communities policy.

He also successfully argued that there was potential for universities to have a huge impact in the way they conduct business, and that at a personal level, all university leaders should be role models.

 

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