Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech is committed to sustainable development!
At the University of Liège
Fully aware of its societal role and the example it must set for environmental protection, the University of Liège has committed itself to an Environmental Policy Charter which is reflected in numerous initiatives (exit from financial investments linked to fossil fuels, energy renovation of buildings, biomass cogeneration plant, photovoltaic panels, own carpool platform, etc.).
Under the slogan "Green campuses, a sustainable university", ULiège wishes to reinforce in 2019 these initiatives already taken and to include its future actions in the 17 goals to transform our world proposed by the United Nations to enable us to provide for our needs while preserving the future and future generations.
On the Gembloux campus, many actions already exist and are indeed in line with some of the UN's sustainable development goals. They were developed by staff members and students.
Some concrete achievements as examples
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech encourages the use of bicycles as a means of transport on its site, but also from home to work for its employees. It thus offers a number of infrastructures and advantages related to this mode of travel.
Instead of an air conditioning system, the Faculty opted for the installation of a sun visor on one of the south-facing facades of a campus building.
Such facilities will be preferred throughout the campus in the future.
In September 2019, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech will host the first electro-responsible festival in Wallonia. The CenoBeats festival aims to be eco-responsible, festive and unifying, combining an interest in protecting the environment and a passion for electro music. A whole series of scientific actions and approaches will be carried out throughout the festival to minimize its carbon footprint.
The students of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, aware of their responsibilities in terms of the environment and sustainability, have set up the use of reusable cups within the General Association of Students for their evenings and events.
A vegetable garden and compost were created by and for the students.
Second-hand books and a book exchange box are also at their disposal.
ECOKOT 'Les jeunes poussent' aims to raise awareness among young children about sustainable food and sustainable consumption through activities and workshops throughout the school year.
A series of activities organized by students as part of their portfolio also cover different aspects of sustainable development: Waste reduction, Waste sorting, Changing plastic cups in vending machines, Switching to an Ecosia server, Definition of a responsible purchasing policy in the food sector within the Faculty, Mini fair at Do it yourself, Le Pain kot’y bien...
Recently, in an effort to help reduce the use of single-use plastic on campus, the Faculty made the decision to distribute reusable water bottles.
And in the longer term?
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech wants to go further, do more, identify promising, effective projects that make sense for the Faculty and the campus.
The "Gembloux Sustainable Campus" campaign has just been launched among staff and students to set up a broader reflection and engage the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech campus in a real transition.
Many very concrete proposals have already been put forward. They are currently being analysed and will very soon be the subject of a real action plan.