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Proposal for policy on sustainability at AAU

Proposal for policy on sustainability at AAU

AAU’s Executive Management has discussed a proposal for a policy on sustainable development at AAU. The policy is intended to serve as a common frame of reference for the university's work on sustainability in research, education and cooperation and in its general operation. The policy will now be discussed in the Main Joint Consultation Committee, the faculty consultation committees and academic councils.

By Trine Kristensen, AAU Communication. Translated by Pernille Budde Haensel, AAU Communication.
Photo: Emilie Bach Pedersen, student assistant, AAU Communication

AAU is committed to integrating environmental, financial and social sustainability at all levels of all strategic and operational activities.

That is the essence of the first of ten items from a proposal for a sustainability policy at AAU called ‘Aalborg Universitets politik for en balanceret og bæredygtig udvikling’.

The proposal was discussed at a meeting in November in the Executive Management who gave their backing for the proposal to be forwarded for further review by the Main Joint Consultation Committee (HSU), the faculty consultation committees (FSU) and the academic councils.

Read the Danish proposal here 

The policy aims at establishing a common frame of reference for sustainability efforts at AAU.

‘Focus on sustainability is a key priority. It’s something our students ask for and so do our staff members. Naturally, we acknowledge this demand in the management, which is why we have initiated the work on a sustainability policy to give our sustainability efforts a shared point of reference,’ says Rector Per Michael Johansen.

The Rector emphasises that AAU has worked on sustainability for several years and that many activities already aim at contributing to sustainable development.

AAU’s current sustainability efforts are now outlined on a new Danish website that will be updated regularly.

‘We have a lot of concrete examples of sustainability in both research and student project work. It’s important to put the spotlight on all these good examples, says Pro-rector Inger Askehave.

POLICY TO BE DISCUSSED IN CONSULTATION COMMITTEES AND ACADEMIC COUNCILS

The proposal for a sustainability policy will now be discussed in the Main Joint Consultation Committee (HSU), the faculty consultation committees (FSU) and the academic councils. After these consultations, the final policy will be returned to the Executive Management for their approval. The policy will also form the basis of AAU’s future strategy for 2021-26.