As the students grow, the programme grows with them. When students began third level education in various countries, they wanted to join the Eco Committee only to discover that there wasn't one! So they approached the chancellors or deans to ask why. Some visionary university faculty and staff agreed to run the Eco-Schools programme with the help of our National Operators of course, and it became known as EcoCampus. It began in Russia in 2003 and the first whole institution Green Flags were awarded in Ireland in 2010.
HOW ECOCAMPUS WORKS
Like Eco-Schools, EcoCampus is an international award programme that guides all third level institutions on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of campus life. Again like Eco-Schools, EcoCampus leads to transformative thinking and can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole institution united behind something important.
The Seven Step framework is used, and the only real difference is that the colleges devise an Eco Charter instead of an Eco Code. This Charter is a document which is a guide to environmental management on site.
Why EcoCampus is good for students. We now know that EcoCampus
- inspires and empowers students
- creates leaders of change in their communities
- widens learning beyond the lecture room
- develops responsible attitudes and commitment
- leads to increased levels of confidence and motivation
- increases participation in environmental actions
- improves skills and knowledge in all subjects
- improves mental and physical wellbeing
Why EcoCampus is good for colleges. We have learnt that the programme delivers:
- an improved environmental impact on campus
- involvement with the local community, other institutions and organisations
- financial savings
- international connections
- a method of embedding sustainability into the curriculum
- the capacity to nurture and support intrinsic values (care, empathy, creativity, compassion)
- improved wellbeing of students and staff
- lecturers and staff who are proud of their third level institution
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Russia.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Iceland.
- Russia awards its first Green Flag for a faculty.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Ireland.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Denmark.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Portugal.
- Univeristy College Cork in Ireland becomes the first university in the world to be awarded the Green Flag, followed a short time later by Coláiste Dhúlaigh.
- Denmark awards a Teacher Training College with the Green Flag.
- The First Green-Campus Alliance Meeting is held in January 2012 and the Keynote speaker is Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan TD.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Latvia with two universities.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Slovenia. Two faculties join.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Serbia.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Spain, Singapore and Bermuda.
- The First International Meeting of EcoCampus is held in Lisbon, Portugal in November, and participants from Ireland, Wales, Latvia and Russia Skype in to give presentations. Interested parties from various countries, including Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, Latvia, Spain, United Kingdom, Singapore, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium, Serbia and the Czech Republic take part through live streaming.
- The EcoCampus programme begins in Croatia.
- FEE EcoCampus sets up formal EcoCampus Working Group.
- FEE EcoCampus is one of the tertiary education sustainability networks that forms a Global Alliance.
- FEE EcoCampus has a Twitter account @FEEEcoCampus.
- Cork University Hospital (CUH) in Ireland is the first hospital in the world to be awarded the Green Flag.
- Pilot projects in Uganda and Malaysia are under way.