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ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter Report 2014
KTH. (Universitetsförvaltningen, Miljö- och byggnadsavdelningen)
KTH. (Universitetsförvaltningen, Miljö- och byggnadsavdelningen)
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
KTH. (Universitetsförvaltningen, Miljö- och byggnadsavdelningen)
2015 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This report describes KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s work with the environment andsustainability during 2014. The report has been compiled for the International SustainableCampus Network (ISCN) and is based on ISCN’s three principles encompassing individual buildings, campus-wide planning and target setting, and integration of research, teaching, outreach and facilities for sustainability. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, founded in 1827, is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. KTH has nearly 12,500 full time undergraduatestudents, 1,900 active postgraduate students and just over 5,100 employees spread over five campus areas around Stockholm, with premises and facilities totalling 264,000 sq. m. KTH’s Vision 2027 outlines the long-term strategy including the overall objective that KTH will be one of Europe’s leading technical universities within sustainable development and the campus environments should be embodiments of bold, sustainable urban design. The Strategic Plan and accompanying action plan outlines how to fulfil this vision. During 2014 many important steps have been taken to improve our work with the environmentand sustainability. For example KTH and its landlord Akademiska Hus have developed a strategic Campus Plan, for KTH to ensure a sustainable development of campus. An environmental management system has also been implemented in the whole organisation, and it will be certified according to ISO 14001 in spring 2015. In relation to ISCN’s first principle Sustainability Performance of Buildings on Campus KTH has established environmental objectives within the areas of buildings, energy, goods and services, chemical products, and waste. Examples of activities during 2014 are: certification of two buildings according to the Swedish certification system “Miljöbyggnad”, a survey of roof space on Campus suitable for placement of solar panels, installation of a new heat pump system for central heat recovery and cooling, in-depth chemical audits, educational courses for employees related to chemicals and the launch of GreenCup (thermos cup) to reduce waste.In relation to ISCN’s second principle Campus-wide Master Planning and Target Setting KTH has several detailed objectives for example related to resource management, ecology, transportation and innovation. Examples of activities undertaken 2014 include: new guidelines and instructions for business travel including environmental requirements, a solarpowered charging station for electric cars at campus, campus tree inventory and resulting tree program, and completion of a new student housing building. In relation to ISCN’s third principle Integration of Facilities, Research and Education, KTH has established environmental objectives within the areas of research, education and collaboration. Examples of activities during 2014 include: development of indicators to measure KTH’s performance in education, research and collaboration with regard to environment and sustainable development, development of sustainability course modules, development of a web based environmental training course for employees, distribution of newsletters targeting different groups, transdisciplinary projects and development of new doctoral courses have received financial support, seminars and network meetings encouraging networking between researchers, teachers and students, and Memorandums of Understanding with two research institutes and the main landlord have been endorsed. Results show that the numbers of courses tagged under environment and sustainability have increased, external funding from research councils supporting research in the sustainability field has increased, and KTH’s placement in international rankings has risen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. , 41 p.
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171571OAI: diva2:844252

QC 20150806

Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-08-04 Last updated: 2015-08-06Bibliographically approved

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