Why join University for Sustainability?
The mission of the University for Sustainability to accelerate a just transformation to global sustainable development and humanitarian action with challenge-driven education, research and innovation. We define sustainable development as the pursuit of four societal objectives: (1) Economic development, including the end to extreme poverty in all its forms; (2) Social inclusion; (3) Environmental sustainability; and (4) Good governance, including peace and security.
Enabling member institutes to deliver against their mandated sustainable development goals, improve their financial resources and make measurable gains in research, development, innovation productivity, as well as educational opportunities, the University for Sustainability provides unrivalled benefits. Membership:
What can we do together?
Joining the US creates opportunities to collaborate as described below. We invite members to help us develop other shared activities and expect this list to expand.
Global Discussions on Sustainable Development
The US shall engage in the global discussions on framing Sustainable Development Goals. We will support members’ engagement in these important debates at global, regional, and national levels.
University for Sustainability members will:
1. Engage with US through the US Assembly:
We seek to accelerate problem solving and therefore focus on promoting practical solutions to the pressing challenges of sustainable development. All US members can:
Tackling the profound challenges of sustainable development requires outstanding education. We are working with partners to promote high‐quality, integrated, and low cost educational initiatives for sustainable development for university and high school students. In particular, we will make online teaching materials available globally. With our members, we will:
Problem solving for sustainable development will require more and better applied research. To this end, we invite US members to:
Membership in the US is available to universities (and departments/centers thereof), research centers, civil society organizations, and other knowledge centers that have deep technical expertise in sustainable development and want to join a global problem solving network. As well as demonstrating a strong track record in projects, teaching and/or research related to sustainable development, prospective members should share the objectives of the US and be prepared to contribute actively.
The US is deeply committed to working with businesses who contribute to the design and implementation of Solution Initiatives, participate in Thematic Groups, and contribute to National and Regional US. Formal membership in the US is currently limited to non‐profit organizations, but this should not limit the contribution interested businesses can make to the work of the US. Companies interested in working with the US are invited to reach out to National and Regional US or to contact the US secretariat.
How can your organization join the University for Sustainability?
Applying for US membership. Please fill in the membership application form and email it to the Secretariat. Our Executive Committee reviews applications quarterly, and will notify members promptly.